Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette

Fran's Simple Vinaigrette

My mother in law makes the best salad dressings. I asked her to make her delicious vinaigrette when she was last in town. The garlic makes the dressing complete. It’s simple, easy and tastes amazing on any salad – especially my House Salad.

Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 5 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste (lots of pepper)

Fran's Simple Vinaigrette

I like to make the dressing at least an hour before serving so the flavors have time to mingle. Combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly before tossing on your favorite salad. Enjoy.

Fran's Simple Vinaigrette

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16 Responses to “Fran’s Simple Vinaigrette”

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    Jan — June 13, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    I must admit, I’m very lazy about salad dressing and tend to just use a drizzle of olive oil, wine vinegar, and black pepper, or I use the bottled stuff.

    But I do like vinaigrette, so I’ll give this a try one of these salad days.

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    Leslie — June 15, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

    MMMMMM.this salad dressing look soooo simple and tasty! I printed it off and I will let you know how the family likes it!
    Also thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment about my banana bread! Come back and visit anytime!!

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    Ursula — January 13, 2012 @ 4:55 am

    This is basically the recipe that I use but I play around with the sweetener. Instead of sugar I have tried honey or maple syrup. About a 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard is tasty with it, too.

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    Stephanie — April 15, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Just wanted to express my appreciaton for this recipe! This is the only dressing I will eat and I absolutely love it!

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    Renee — May 31, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    We’ve recently discovered some lengthy food allergies with my still nursing daughter and a good salad dressing has been hard to find that’s safe for me to eat – going to have to try this! (And a big thank you for the awesome site – we can actually eat many of the things you make, yay!).

    I know this was posted a while back, but any thoughts on how this would taste mixed with a vegan mayo (Earth’s Best) as a pasta salad dressing? I’m terrible at imagining flavors together – one of my biggest weaknesses in the kitchen.

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    Pam — May 31, 2012 @ 8:06 pm


    This is my very favorite dressing! I’ve never had vegan mayo so I am not sure how it would turn out. I have made pasta salad using just this vinaigrette and it turned out delicious. I hope this helps.


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    Nicole — June 29, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    This is our favorite “go to” dressing. It is so easy that my 5 year old makes it. She puts all of the ingredients in a mason jar and shakes it until she can’t shake anymore! I will never buy bottled dressing again. Thanks!!

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    White Bean Soup with Kale and Turkey Italian Sausage | My Best Cookbook — October 4, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    […] any qualms… it does my heart good!  I served this soup with my House Salad tossed with Fran’s Vinaigrette and some freshly baked bread for a delicious and healthy […]

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    Grilled Vegetable Panzanella | My Best Cookbook — December 5, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    […] found a recipe on Simply Scratch that looked beautiful and delicious. I had some extra vinaigrette leftover so I decided to use that and skip the recipe’s vinaigrette. I grilled the veggies in […]

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    Creamy Cilantro Dressing | My Best Cookbook — December 10, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    […] pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese crumbles, and tortilla crisps on top. I didn’t want to use our regular vinaigrette so I grabbed some cilantro and decided to make, instead of my usual Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette, a […]

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    Greek Chicken Salad with Homemade Croutons | My Best Cookbook — February 11, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    […] the salad to make it hearty and filling. I used homemade croutons to this salad and used leftover Fran’s Vinaigrette to dress this salad. I loved the combination of the spicy pepperocini’s with the tangy […]

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    todd — March 12, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    ive been making this steady for about a year now and i recommend adding a half teaspoon of grainy mustard and to make it the day before, much better garlic after it’s broken down.

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    Karen — May 4, 2015 @ 12:24 pm

    Absolutely love this salad dressing. I’ve been making it for years. Everyone always asks for the recipe.

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    Sue — August 14, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I have to tell you, I made this exactly as written and it’s the best salad dressing I’ve ever eaten. I have another batch waiting in the kitchen until dinner because it tastes best when it’s sat for a while so the flavors can develop. Thank you for this and please keep publishing Fran’s dressings!

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    Elaine Tsai — August 16, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    My favorite recipe so far. Easy to make and it tastes delicious, much better than anything on the store shelves.

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