Summertime is salad time! Looking for a flavourful and easy dressing to drizzle over? I got you covered with this Simple Herb Vinaigrette, sure to elevate your next salad.

Simple Herb Vinaigrette

Everyday flavourful salad dressing

Ok, I’m going to admit something. I’m not a big salad eater. I almost always rather pick some cooked food, than opting for a salad. But with a heatwave like that in Austria right now, even I am choosing a fresh and cool dish over producing more heat on the oven.

And right there, my go-to Simple Herb Vinaigrette comes into play. Herbs are such a flavour boost to any dish and I love to play with them enhancing different recipes. In this vinaigrette, they play the main role by bringing in all the flavour. Three different herbs are combined into a tangy and fresh topping which is prepared in just five minutes and elevates any savoury summer salad.

Simple Herb Vinaigrette

What you’ll need for this Herb Vinaigrette

  • Parsley: This herb is my go-to and I sprinkle it over practically every savoury dish I’m making. Parsley for me is the most versatile herb with its fresh and earthy taste, making it a great ingredient for this recipe.
  • Chives: My second favourite herb is also included in this easy vinaigrette, bringing in some mild onion and garlic flavour without the need to use them as extra ingredients.
  • Dill: Last but not least in this herb trinity I used dill, which brings in some grassy, sweet and anise-like flavour. Use sparingly in this vinaigrette to not overpower the parsley and chives flavour.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: For dishes that are not cooked or roasted I always use good quality extra-virgin olive oil because its flavour is very prominent in the vinaigrette and you can really taste the difference.
  • Lemon: Instead of vinegar I also like to use freshly squeezed lemon juice in dressings to make them taste fresh and zesty.
  • Salt and Pepper: Use freshly ground sea salt and pepper to round out this tangy dressing. Use according to taste.
Simple Herb Vinaigrette

How to use this Herb Vinaigrette

This salad dressing can be drizzled on just about every savoury salad you’re thinking of. I especially like to pair it whith green leafy salads or fresh cucumber and serve it as a side dish. You can also drizzle it over roasted or grilled mixed veggies or simply potatoes and serve as a zesty side dish.

For lunch or dinner I like to enhance my salads with some lean protein, like salmon as well as veggies and top it off with this herby vinaigrette. Find the quick recipe for my favourite balanced summer salad here:

Smoked Salmon Salad with Herb Vinaigrette
This Spring forward smoked salmon salad is full of flavour and done in just 10 minutes. Serve with whole wheat bread for a nourishing lunch or dinner.
Check out this recipe
Smoked Salmon Salad with Herb Vinaigrette
Simple Herb Vinaigrette
Simple Herb Vinaigrette

Simple Herb Vinaigrette

Summertime is salad time! Looking for a flavourful and easy dressing to drizzle over? I got you covered with this Simple Herb Vinaigrette, sure to elevate your next salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, European
Servings 4
Calories 231 kcal


  • 100 ml olive oil (1/2 cup) extra virgin
  • 1 lemon freshly squeezed
  • 20 g mixed herbs (1/2 cup) parsley, chives, dill
  • sea salt and pepper freshly ground


  • Finely chop herbs and combine in a jar with olive oil and lemon juice. Seal with a lid and shake well.
  • Season with freshly ground sea salt as well as pepper to taste and shake again.
  • Use right away and drizzle over your favourite salad or store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


Use less dill than parsley and chives in this recipe to not overpower their flavour.


Calories: 231kcal
Keyword gluten-free salad dressing, herb salad dressing, herb vinaigrette, salad dressing, simple herb vinaigrette, vegan salad dressing
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    June 21, 2021

    5 stars
    Dill is such an amazing herb and often overlook. But it fits perfectly into this vinaigrette! I also love it over plain cooked new potatoes.

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      June 21, 2021

      It truly is and what a great tip to sprinkle it on cooked potatoes. Will definitely try this 🙂


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