05/10/2017 06:01 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2017

The Best Vinaigrette Recipe For Your Salad

Lucky for us, the best is also the easiest.

People get intimidated at the prospect of making their own salad dressing because some recipes feel complicated. There’s a long list of ingredients, a whisk, and a steady hand that has to slowly pour oil. Plus, you have to worry about emulsification ― the breaking down and blending of fat into acid.

But it doesn’t have to be all that scary. And today, we’re going to show you how with a simple mason jar balsamic vinaigrette from The Kitchn.  

Balsamic vinaigrette is a classic choice when it comes to salad. And there’s good reason for it, too ― it’s acidic and sweet, covering the range of flavors that translates this simple dish into an exciting one for your taste buds.

The classic vinaigrette comes in all varying degrees of complexity, but we think the simplest is the best. And all you need for that is 1/4 cup balsamic, 3/4 cup olive oil, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper ― plus a jar for shaking. And if you’re looking to add creaminess to your balsamic vinaigrette, just add a teaspoon of dijon mustard to the jar before you shake. It’s that simple.

When you’re done shaking, you can use the vinaigrette to drizzle over a pile of greens, to ramp up some crudité, or pour onto one of these lovely spring salads below.