How to Make a Spritzer Salad Dressing

A tasty, flavorful dressing can take your salad from good to great, but beware. An otherwise healthy salad can quickly be turned into a fat and calorie bomb if you add too much dressing. Salad spritzer dressings -- usually a combination of your favorite oil and vinegar -- are an effective way to tightly control the amount of dressing you add to your salad without sacrificing any of the zesty flavor you're craving.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • Oil

  • Vinegar


Step 1

Combine 1 part vinegar and 3 parts oil in the spray bottle. A small funnel can help minimize mess when pouring.

Step 2

Ensure that the bottle is tightly closed, then shake well for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 3

Remove the bottle top and add a pinch of salt. Close the bottle and shake well for another 30 seconds.

Step 4

Spritz your salad.


Add herbs and seasonings directly to the salad, not in the dressing, since they can clog the sprayer.

Olive oil and balsamic and red-wine vinegar are popular choices, but other options include walnut oil, grapeseed oil and sesame oil, as well as rice vinegar, raspberry vinegar and white vinegar.

Add a pinch of emulsifier, such as Dijon mustard, to your oil and vinegar to help them blend and mix more easily.

If the oil-vinegar mixture separates, shake the bottle to remix them and ensure even flavor distribution.

Do not refrigerate your dressing unless it contains nut-based oils, or other problematic additions, as with some mustards. Refrigeration can cause the mixture to coagulate and become difficult to spray.

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