Our 14 Best Vinaigrette Recipes to Up Your Dressing Game

Because your salad deserves the best-dressed award

Tired of ranch and thousand island? Our best vinaigrettes are just what you need to take your dishes to the next level.

What are the best salads and grilled veggies without their dressing? Grilled eggplant gets a splash of much-needed acid with our basil vinaigrette; bitter turnips are roasted and finished with a savory bacon number; and grilled squash goes the sweet-spicy route with a honey-chile version.

Beyond strict salads, we love using vinaigrette on a sausage-arugula pasta or a charred octopus to brighten things up. Here are our best vinaigrette recipes to up your dressing game today.

Grilled Eggplant With Basil Vinaigrette

grilled eggplant basil vinaigrette
Sliced, grilled vegetables served in a simple marinade or vinaigrette are a fixture at many Tuscan meals.
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Matt Taylor-Gross

Watercress with Spicy Chile and Sesame Vinaigrette

Watercress with Spicy Chile and Sesame Vinaigrette
Peppery watercress, nutty sesame seeds, and earthy Korean chile flakes are brought together with an easy lemon vinaigrette in this wonderful cold-weather salad. Get the recipe for Watercress with Spicy Chile and Sesame Vinaigrette »Justin Walker

Carrot and Pistachio Salad

Carrot and Pistachio Salad
Carrots are roasted before being topped with crunchy pistachios and a sweet fig vinaigrette in a simple salad from Eli and Max Sussman's Classic Recipes for Modern People (Olive Press, 2015). Get the recipe for Carrot and Pistachio Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette

Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette
Pleasantly bitter turnips are roasted until sweet and then slicked with bacon fat and tossed with sherry vinegar and their own wilted green leaves in this warming side dish. Get the recipe for Roasted Turnips and Greens with Bacon Vinaigrette »Christina Holmes

Fried Camembert with Ham, Melon, and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Fried Camembert with Ham, Melon, and Cranberry Vinaigrette
Wedges of gooey fried Camembert are served with both a sweet wine-spiked raspberry jam and a tart cranberry vinaigrette in this dish.
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Ingalls Photography

Mussels with Herbed Vinaigrette (Moules Vinaigrette)

briarritz mussels herbed vinaigrette moules
Some fresh herbs are all you need for these French mussels, which come from Langon, France.
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Michelle Heimerman

Puntarelle and Dandelion Green Salad with Honey and Olive Vinaigrette

puntarelle dandelion green salad honey olive vinaigrette
Dandelion greens and sturdy, slightly bitter puntarelle (an Italian chicory) stand up to honey-mustard vinaigrette in this assertive spring salad.
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Romulo Yanes

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are essential summer food: they travel well; they're easy to adapt to whatever produce you have on-hand; and they're simple to make in large portions, making them perfect dishes to carry to parties, picnics, and barbecues. Get the recipe for Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette

Grilled Squash with Scallions And Chile Honey Vinaigrette
Grilling adds smokiness to summer squash, a flavor that chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta's Miller Union balances with bright ingredients like vinegar, chile, and honey. Get the recipe for Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette »Matt Taylor-Gross

Caprese Salad

caprese salad tomato burrata recipe
A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for Caprese Salad »Landon Nordeman

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette
A thick honey vinaigrette pairs with pleasingly bitter endives that are steamed, grilled, and marinated in this recipe from Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. Get the recipe for Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette »Ingalls Photography

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette
The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it.
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Farideh Sadeghin

Charred Escarole Salad

Lummi Island, Charred Escarole Salad
Tossing bitter charred escarole with sweet-tart grilled apples gives new dimension to backyard cookout side dishes.
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Charity Burggraaf

Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette

Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette
This dish of crisp haricots verts paired with a quick Dijon vinaigrette makes a simple, easy-to-transport side that's great for picnics or summer barbecues.
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Matt Taylor-Gross