Adding Salad Dressing Ingredients Directly to Salad Bowl

Salad made with dressing ingredients added directly to the salad bowl

 Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, UNL Lancaster County Extension Educator

In Italy, the salad dressing often isn't mixed separately from the salad. Here are the basic "no recipe required" directions for making salad dressing with just 3 ingredients that are mixed—separately in 3 steps—directly into the salad. This method is very convenient if you're making a salad just for yourself and eating it right away. Plus, you are never left with half-used bottles of salad dressing lingering in your fridge. 

(Use on plated salad of your choice)

  • Vinegar (red wine vinegar works well) 
  • Oil (extra virgin olive oil) 
  • Salt (if desired) 

All you have to remember is: The basic ratio of vinegar to oil should be about 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. Begin by "eyeballing" amounts and mix in—gently—about  1 teaspoon vinegar with a fork and spoon. Follow by mixing in about 3 teaspoons oil. (TIP: It's handy to purchase your oil and vinegar in bottles from which small amounts can be drizzled amounts directly into your salad.) End by mixing in a dash of salt, if desired. Taste and adjust as needed. This amount should be sufficient for a 2-cup salad.