Easy Red Wine Vinegar Dressing with Thyme

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 7 votes

My easy red wine vinegar dressing is the perfect all-purpose salad accompaniment. Simply shaken together in a sealable jar and loaded with flavour from fresh thyme, garlic, Tamari, Dijon mustard, and a hint of sweetness.

A head-on shot of a jar of red wine vinegar dressing with thyme leaves scattered around.

Learn how to make easy red wine vinegar dressing at home, simply shaken up in a jar in one step! In this 5-minute recipe, I show you my preferred olive oil red wine vinegar dressing ratio. Complimentary flavours of fresh garlic and thyme make this slightly sweet and tangy Italian-inspired dressing pop. It’s perfect for pouring over my pizza night salad or any green salad that you’re fixing up to go with dinner. Yields about 2 cups.

An overhead shot shows ingredients used in a homemade salad dressing.

Red wine vinegar and oil dressing is a classic to have in your cooking repertoire! I make a double batch of this recipe every other week or so for pouring over green salads, vegan Cobb salad, and even simple slaws. I find that red wine vinegar is one of the best options for salad dressing.

Red Wine Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • Red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. The base is simple and pantry-friendly! I like to use a higher ratio of vinegar to oil than most (2:3) because I prefer a tangy dressing with a bit more punch.
  • Vegan mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Both ingredients help to emulsify the dressing. The mayonnaise gives it a slightly thicker consistency–it’s a small amount, but it makes a huge difference in the final outcome.
  • Agave nectar or cane sugar. I prefer a slightly sweet red wine vinegar dressing that balances the tart aspects.
  • Tamari soy sauce. A teaspoon of this gives the dressing craveable umami depth.
  • Fresh garlic and thyme. The punchy flavour of garlic is a perfect match here and the herbaceous/earthy notes of fresh thyme work so well in this dressing. There is no substitute for either!

Once the garlic and thyme are minced up finely (I use a Microplane for the garlic), you just shake everything else up in a sealable jar. Simple! The dressing will keep in your fridge for up to two weeks. 

This is one of the only consistent uses that I have for red wine vinegar in my cooking routine, but it’s pretty spectacular and versatile! I use the dressing in some form pretty much every week. I hope that you give it a try soon.

An overhead shot of a jar of red wine vinegar dressing with fresh thyme.
A head-on shot of a jar of red wine vinegar dressing with thyme.

Easy Red Wine Vinegar Dressing with Thyme

My easy red wine vinegar dressing is the perfect all-purpose salad accompaniment. Simply shaken together in a sealable jar and loaded with flavour from fresh thyme, garlic, Tamari, Dijon mustard, and a hint of sweetness.
5 from 7 votes
An overhead shot of a jar of red wine vinegar dressing with fresh thyme.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings 1 ½ CUPS

Ingredients

  • scant ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar/fine cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Tamari soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced with a microplane
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¾ cup olive oil

Notes

  • Fresh thyme makes a huge difference here and gives the dressing so much of its herbaceous flavour. I don’t think dried thyme is an adequate substitute.
  • For a little extra kick, I like to add 2 tablespoons of pepperoncini or pickled jalapeño pepper brine sometimes!

Instructions

  • In a sealable jar, combine the red wine vinegar, thyme, vegan mayonnaise, agave nectar, Dijon mustard, Tamari, garlic, salt, and pepper. Seal the lid on top of the jar and give it a good shake. Open up the jar and add the olive oil. Seal the lid back on and give it another shake. Store in the fridge.
  • This red wine vinegar dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
18/08/2023
Posted in: autumn, basics, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, quick, salad, salty, sour, spring, summer, sweet, umami, vegan, winter

3 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Jonathan K

    5 stars
    I have been trying to replicate a delicious double chopped Italian salad from an upscale pizza place, and this dressing recipe is exactly what I needed! One of the best dressing recipes I have found! I’m going to try subbing champagne vinegar for red wine vinegar next time for a slight mix up.

  • Kath

    5 stars
    So good! My (very picky) 6yo and I just sat there dipping spinach and arugula in the dressing and chowing down! Thanks!

  • Julea

    5 stars
    Appreciate a new and delicious salad dressing recipe! Makes it easier to more consistently eat salads throughout the busy work week :) I used the last of the dressing as a marinade for some cherry tomatoes and it was great!