Copycat Chipotle Vinaigrette

Craving the Chipotle honey vinaigrette but want to make it at home? This copycat Chipotle vinaigrette is quick and easy to make and will satisfy all of your cravings. This post contains affiliate links. I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I spend a lot of time on TikTok.  I know I’m not a Gen …

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Craving the Chipotle honey vinaigrette but want to make it at home? This copycat Chipotle vinaigrette is quick and easy to make and will satisfy all of your cravings.

Spoonful of chipotle vinaigrette being held above a jar of the dressing.

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I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I spend a lot of time on TikTok. 

I know I’m not a Gen Z cool kid, but I love that app, ok? My feed is mostly beauty and food and it’s fun to just scroll through.

I’ve been influenced by TikTok to try a few different recipes before. The cinnamon rolls with heavy cream and the grinder sandwich are now two of my favorite recipes. 

So when I saw the Chipotle honey vinaigrette coming up a lot along with the viral quesadilla hack (come back later this week for that one), I knew I had to try my hand at making the famous dressing at home.

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Italian Dressing

Italian dressing has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. My mom always served a simple green salad with dinner, and I…

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Italian dressing

Italian dressing has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. My mom always served a simple green salad with dinner, and I gravitated toward Wish-Bone’s Italian dressing for drizzling on top. I was especially glad to reach for the extra zesty variety when we had it. Eating at Olive Garden was a rare treat and I took full advantage of the unlimited salad.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—homemade salad dressings taste so much better than store-bought. This classic Italian vinaigrette is bold, zesty and irresistible! My collection of salad dressing recipes was incomplete without it.

Italian dressing ingredients

This dressing is easy to make with basic pantry ingredients. You’ll need olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, and dried oregano. You’ll also reach for salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (only if you like some heat).

The beauty of making your own Italian dressing is that you know exactly what’s going into it—like real olive oil and no preservatives.

You can also adjust the flavors to suit your preferences. Whether you like extra zesty or more mellow dressing, you’ll find guidance in the simple recipe below. It’s ready in under five minutes and keeps for a week!

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Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe deserves a moment in the spotlight. When you’re improvising a seasonal salad, no matter how simple or elaborate, balsamic vinaigrette is always an…

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balsamic vinaigrette recipe

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe deserves a moment in the spotlight. When you’re improvising a seasonal salad, no matter how simple or elaborate, balsamic vinaigrette is always an excellent choice. It’s a classic for a reason, and I love the lightly figgy flavor that balsamic vinegar imparts.

This balsamic dressing strikes a delicate balance between tangy and sweet. It’s just right.

balsamic vinaigrette ingredients

This homemade balsamic vinaigrette calls for basic pantry ingredients, yet tastes far superior to any store-bought dressing. This is true for all homemade salad dressings, even when they’re made exclusively with pantry ingredients like this one.

I can’t entirely explain why freshly-combined basic ingredients taste so much better than pre-made dressing from the same pantry shelf, but the difference is undeniable. It’ll smack you right over the head.

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Olivia Wilde’s ‘Secret Salad Dressing’ Is Nora Ephron’s Vinaigrette, As We Suspected

You might be wondering why the internet is buzzing about Olivia Wilde’s salad dressing, and that’s fair enough. The short answer is that Wilde, her boyfriend Harry Styles, and her ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis (yes, the same actor who made Ted Lasso’s biscu…

You might be wondering why the internet is buzzing about Olivia Wilde’s salad dressing, and that’s fair enough. The short answer is that Wilde, her boyfriend Harry Styles, and her ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis (yes, the same actor who made Ted Lasso’s biscuits famous) are caught in a controversy about some alleged text messages their former nanny leaked to The Daily Mail. One of the texts refers to “a special salad dressing” that Wilde makes, which meant that for 24 to 48 hours, the internet was full of people doing some sleuthing to figure out what kind of incredible vinaigrette could fuel so much drama. Not since the Nicolas Cage favorite pasta shape mystery had so many people become instant food detectives.

A few folks narrowed in on a recipe that Wilde contributed to the Food Network in 2020, which features a very simple red wine vinaigrette. When I saw that dressing—red wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and shallot—I knew it looked familiar. It was suspiciously similar to my own back pocket vinaigrette that I learned from Nora Ephron’s novel, Heartburn. So when Wilde put a photo of the page in Heartburn that describes the dressing recipe up on her Instagram Stories, I felt wildly vindicated.

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Basil Vinaigrette

My sauce for the summer is Basil Vinaigrette. Don’t get me wrong, I love pesto. But this basil-forward sauce has the punchy flavor of fresh herbs and takes less than a minute to blend together. And unlike its thicker cousin, this vinaigrette can be drizzled over everything, from fresh tomatoes and shelling beans, to risotto or roasted potatoes, and even fresh cheese, like mozzarella or…

My sauce for the summer is Basil Vinaigrette. Don’t get me wrong, I love pesto. But this basil-forward sauce has the punchy flavor of fresh herbs and takes less than a minute to blend together. And unlike its thicker cousin, this vinaigrette can be drizzled over everything, from fresh tomatoes and shelling beans, to risotto or roasted potatoes, and even fresh cheese, like mozzarella or creamy burrata.

Tomato salad with basil vinaigrette

As soon as I see them, I start hoarding bunches of basil and fresh tomatoes at the market, never letting my supply run low. And keeping a container of this vinaigrette on hand means I can have lunch or dinner on the table quickly. But it also is a great sauce to bring along on a picnic, which we did the other night, enjoying the tranquility of Paris while most of the city clears out until the end of summer. (Although the next-door neighbors, who had a wild party that lasted until 4:30am, didn’t get the memo that they were supposed to leave. Romain reminded them the next morning…in no uncertain terms.)

Tomato salad with basil vinaigrette

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Here’s How to Emulsify Anything

A creamy hollandaise sauce drizzled over eggs Benedict. A rich, herby bearnaise sauce served on the side of a pan-seared steak. A rich dressing tossed over crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes. These silky, luxurious sauces all get their body via a proce…

A creamy hollandaise sauce drizzled over eggs Benedict. A rich, herby bearnaise sauce served on the side of a pan-seared steak. A rich dressing tossed over crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes. These silky, luxurious sauces all get their body via a process called emulsification. To understand emulsification—aka the process that happens when oil and water mix to create stable substances like mayonnaise, salad dressing, and even milk—we are going to have to talk science for a minute.

We promise that there will be no atomic diagrams, no Latin, and no, Bill Nye won’t be standing by your side in the kitchen. And if you hang on until the end, you’ll be rewarded with creamy aiolis, mayonnaise that won’t break, and vinaigrettes that hold together for days in the fridge. 

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Endive Salad

This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and…

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This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and red wine vinaigrette.

Endive salad

Need a great winter salad? Try this Endive Salad: equal parts refreshing, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and tangy! Bitter endive pairs perfectly with juicy orange and a sweet tart red wine vinaigrette. Top it off with savory Parmesan shavings and crunchy almonds, and the contrasts are divine. Each bite is crunchy, sweet, savory and citrusy: you’ll feel the winter blues melt right away.

What is endive, anyway?

Endive (or Belgian endive) is a leafy green that has a small white head and leaves with yellow green tips. The flavor is crisp with a bitter finish. Endive is often used in salads, but the cup-like shape of the leaves make them ideal for serving appetizers, like endive with smoked trout.

Endive Salad

Ingredients in endive salad

This endive salad features the famous flavor pairing of endive and orange, which really do go hand in hand. The bitter crunch of endive against the juicy burst of citrus is truly special. Here’s what you’ll need for this salad:

  • Belgian endive
  • Radicchio (thinly sliced, for color; or purple endive if you can find it)
  • Oranges
  • Sliced almonds
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • Red Wine Vinaigrette

Radicchio is another bitter green; it’s flavor is much more intensely bitter than the endive. We like it here for color, so we’ve used only a bit chopped up. If you can find purple endive you could use that instead, or even another purple vegetable like red cabbage or red onion.

Endive Salad

For the red wine vinaigette

This endive salad pairs brilliantly with a homemade red wine vinaigrette: it’s got just the right sweet tart, zingy flavor to match the citrus and contrast the bitterness of the endive. It uses simple ingredients you’ll likely already have on hand in your pantry and fridge. Head to the Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe for specific instructions!

  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Garlic powder
  • Neutral oil or olive oil

Alternative dressings

There are lots of other dressings that would work with this endive salad. Here are a few homemade salad dressings that would pair well if you want to think outside the box:

Endive Salad

More salad recipes

This endive salad is elegant and works well in winter, when citrus and bitter greens abound. But you can make it any time of the year! Here are a few more stunning salad recipes:

This endive salad recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, omit the cheese.

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Endive salad

Endive Salad


Description

This endive salad recipe is a mix of refreshing, tangy and sweet! Combine this bitter green with orange, Parmesan and red wine vinaigrette.


Ingredients

  • 3 heads Belgian endive
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radicchio
  • 2 oranges, plus zest
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinaigrette

Instructions

  1. Cut off the bottom 1/2-inch of the endives. Cut the leaves in half lengthwise, leaving most of the smaller leaves whole. Rinse the leaves and blot them dry with a towel or place in a salad spinner to dry.
  2. Zest one orange. Then cut both of the oranges into segments (or simply remove the pieces).
  3. Make the Red Wine Vinaigrette.
  4. Place the endive leaves on a large plate or platter, or on individual plates. Top with the sliced radicchio, orange zest and slices, sliced almonds and shavings of Pecorino or Parmesan cheese. Top with the red wine vinaigrette (taste and add more if necessary).
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Endive salad

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

I love ranch dressing. There, I said it. As a kid, I adored Hidden Valley, but as an adult, I only get excited about made-from-scratch, real-deal ranch…

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ranch dressing recipe

I love ranch dressing. There, I said it. As a kid, I adored Hidden Valley, but as an adult, I only get excited about made-from-scratch, real-deal ranch dressing. This recipe is exactly that.

Earlier this year, as I navigated my first trimester, I found myself craving my favorite comfort foods. Naturally, I made my own ranch dressing and happily drizzled it over my salads, and my pizzas, and even my quesadillas (why not?).

ranch dressing ingredients

This ranch dressing recipe is the end result of my experimentation. It features fresh herbs, real buttermilk, and a creamy sour cream base. It tastes gourmet, and it’s certainly not too heavy. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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16 Cool-as-a-Cucumber-Salad Recipes

We love ’em for snacking, or slicing them thin and using them to infuse water so it makes it feel like we’re at a spa. But another way to enjoy cucumbers is in the form of a crisp, cool cucumber salad. Keep things simple by tossing them in herby yogurt sauce, mixing them with mozzarella and chickpeas for a hearty twist on a Panzanella salad, or giving them some kick with a spicy, dry-fried combination of Thai dried chile peppers, jalapeño peppers, and Sichuan peppercorns. If any of those ideas sound appealing, you’re in luck. We’re sharing 16 different cucumber salad recipes that are crisp and refreshing (even when they pack in some heat).


Our Best Cucumber Salad Recipes

1. Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Basil & Feta

This simple summery salad isn’t too fussy or over-the-top, which is for the best. The low-key method really allows the melon and cucumbers to shine alongside feta cheese and fresh basil. Just be sure to use really good quality ingredients (down to the balsamic vinegar and flaky sea salt) so that everything is on its A-Game.

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We love ’em for snacking, or slicing them thin and using them to infuse water so it makes it feel like we’re at a spa. But another way to enjoy cucumbers is in the form of a crisp, cool cucumber salad. Keep things simple by tossing them in herby yogurt sauce, mixing them with mozzarella and chickpeas for a hearty twist on a Panzanella salad, or giving them some kick with a spicy, dry-fried combination of Thai dried chile peppers, jalapeño peppers, and Sichuan peppercorns. If any of those ideas sound appealing, you’re in luck. We’re sharing 16 different cucumber salad recipes that are crisp and refreshing (even when they pack in some heat).


Our Best Cucumber Salad Recipes

1. Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Basil & Feta

This simple summery salad isn’t too fussy or over-the-top, which is for the best. The low-key method really allows the melon and cucumbers to shine alongside feta cheese and fresh basil. Just be sure to use really good quality ingredients (down to the balsamic vinegar and flaky sea salt) so that everything is on its A-Game.

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Greek Salad Dressing

Who doesn’t love a great Greek salad? Make your own starting with this Greek salad dressing recipe. This dressing is bold, zippy and delicious. It’s super easy…

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Greek dressing recipe

Who doesn’t love a great Greek salad? Make your own starting with this Greek salad dressing recipe. This dressing is bold, zippy and delicious. It’s super easy to whisk together at home with basic pantry ingredients.

This Greek vinaigrette is made simply with olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh garlic, dried oregano and salt and pepper. We’ll add a touch of honey or maple syrup to balance the flavors. That’s it! The end result tastes just like the dressings I’ve enjoyed in Greece.

Greek dressing ingredients

Homemade salad dressings always taste so fresh and vibrant—they’re simply superior to store-bought dressings and keep well for a week in the fridge. Plus, you can use healthy ingredients, like extra-virgin olive oil, and avoid unnecessary preservatives. Homemade dressings are a win all around, and this one is ready in just five minutes!

Enjoy this dressing on my Chopped Greek Salad, or improvise your own salad with fresh ingredients you have on hand. You’ll find a list of my suggested salad ingredients below, and keep an eye out for a fresh summer salad featuring this dressing later this week.

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