How to Ditch the Store Bought Vinaigrette and Make Your Own

Store bought vinaigrette. Seems harmless enough right? But were you aware that it is one of the biggest junk foods we can purchase premade?

Store bought vinaigrettes tend to be used quite liberally on salads or as meat marinades. The problem is that most people never stop to read the label. If they did, it would be clear that staying away from premade, prepackaged salad dressings is a good idea.

Unless you are in a health food store, and even if you are, it is very difficult to find a purchased vinaigrette that does not contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Many contain HFCS as well as added refined white sugar.

Additionally, and even worse for your body, almost all store-bought salad dressing contain heavily refined soybean and/or canola oil; both of which are VERY unhealthy. Due to the refining process of these oils, the polyunsaturated components of the oils is oxidized and makes these oils highly inflammatory to our body.

Lastly, avoid store purchased vinaigrettes because, well, homemade tastes so much better and takes very little effort to make.

Here is my standby recipe that is always in my refrigerator at home. I use it as a marinade, on veggies, salads, and to generally season most anything I eat.

Basic Vinaigrette


  • 1 t. Dijon style mustard
  • 1 t. minced fresh garlic (how to mince garlic quickly:
  • 3 T. vinegar. I use Braggs apple cider vinegar with the mother
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup good quality extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil


  1. In a small bowl, mix together mustard, garlic, vinegar, 1 t. salt, and ½ t. pepper.
  2. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.

Enjoy with everything.

Elwin Robinson

Elwin Robinson is the Founder of Lion Heart Herbs, Europe's #1 Educator on the Taoist approach to Health, and #1 Supplier of High Quality and Affordable Taoist Tonic Herbs to the World.

Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.

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Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.
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