Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing, Salad and Strawberries

Serve this awesome red wine vinaigrette dressing over butter lettuce and top the salad with toasted walnuts, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and sliced strawberries. It’s a festive and healthy salad that you’ll want to make again and again…and again.

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I’ve never met anyone that did not really like this red wine vinaigrette dressing. (And, it was always offered as part of our special occasion packages at our store.) I know that’s a bold claim. But, it’s true. I’m sure that there is someone out there who does not like it…but, I’ve never logged a complaint…only complements.

So, as we approach the New Year…still in celebration mode…but with an eye on new beginnings too, I can think of nothing better to share than my absolutely, very favorite salad. I call it our “house” salad because if you visit you are more than likely going to get this with one of your meals…or as your meal. It’s festive, but does not require a lot of work and it’s pretty healthy too.  It’s the perfect salad to kick off the New Year.

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

The cornerstone of this salad is the red wine vinaigrette dressing.  Beware! Once you make your own dressing, it is very hard to alternate between store bought and homemade. It tastes soooo fresh.

This is my favorite container for homemade salad dressing. No measuring cups required because the markings are right on the container.

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

The dressing is made with canola oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, fresh garlic, salt, paprika and white pepper. Over time I’ve played with the formula. You can’t replace the canola oil with olive oil. And, it’s not the same without fresh garlic.

And, then there is the sugar. Sigh. I wish I could use less. But, ¼ cup is the perfect amount. Occasionally I will cut it down to 3 Tablespoons, but it’s not the same. Splenda will work too. I did not like the taste of Stevia and I’ve yet to try agave nectar. I’ve come to accept that this is one of those food items I cherish (kinda like cheesecake and dark chocolate.)  I try to make the rest of the salad ingredients healthy to compensate for this slight indulgence.

Salad Fixings

Here’s the deconstruction of the The Dinner-Mom’s house salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing along with some suggestions to make it your own.

Fill a bowl with butter lettuce. Butter lettuce is tender and delicious…and I’m convinced I use a lot less dressing when I use this type of lettuce because I can munch on this sweet lettuce au naturel. Sometimes I toss in some baby spinach leaves. Another good choice is a bag of mixed spring lettuce.

Top the salad with toasted walnuts…or pecans, or sesame seeds. Something crunchy. Toasting the walnuts adds a nice touch and only takes about 5 minutes in the oven.

Mix-in shredded Monterey Jack cheese…or crumbled goat cheese or mozzarella cheese. Your favorite cheese. I use a low-calorie version.

Add sliced strawberries…or blueberries or dried cranberries. A fruity topping.

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing over Salad Greens

If you add a little protein, like blackened honey chicken or spicy roasted chick peas, you have a meal. (By the way, the combination of sweet and spicy is addictive.) Add some crab cakes or broiled scallops and you have a gourmet salad.

The Best Wine Vinaigrette Dressing Ever!

5 from 1 vote
Red Wine Vinaigrettte Dressing over Salad Greens
Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing over Salad Greens and Strawberries
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Drizzle this red wine vinaigrette dressing over salad greens topped with toasted walnuts, Monterey Jack cheese and strawberries. It’s a festive and healthy salad you’ll want to make again and again.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 487 kcal
Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Canola oil
  • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar Or sugar substitute
  • 1 Garlic clove Pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon White pepper
  • 8 cups Lettuce Butter lettuce or favorite greens
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts Toasted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese Or vegan substitute, shredded
  • 1/2 pint Strawberries sliced
Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  1. Add all of the ingredients to jar with a tight lid and shake well to combine.
Salad Assembly
  1. Add salad greens to a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle dressing over greens and toss well.
  3. Sprinkle walnuts, cheese and strawberries over the top.
Recipe Notes

Substitute nuts, cheese and fruit with your favorites. To toast walnuts, layer nuts on a baking sheet and cook for about 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Store salad dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrition Facts
Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing over Salad Greens and Strawberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Potassium 369mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 17.9%
Vitamin C 47.3%
Calcium 15.5%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


The Best Red Wine Vinaigrette Salad Dressing





  1. Sounds like a delicious salad dressing…one that I should have at all times in my fridge! And your salad looks terrific as well. Happy New Year!

  2. I love this – such a nice change up from balsamic with strawberries. I’m intrigued by the touch of paprika – my favorite spice!

  3. I love making my own salad dressing. Once you start you just can’t stand the store stuff anymore. I’m a big fan of red wine vinegar so I’ll have to give this a try! I even have a salad waiting for me for lunch!

  4. butter lettuce is one of my favorites, and I like berries in a salad too – all of this sounds so bright and fresh, I cannot wait to try it! thank you!

  5. I’m loving this dressing. I adore red wine vinegar!

  6. I am ALWAYS looking for a great salad dressing. This one is now at the top of my list!

  7. Sounds like a great salad, I’ll have to try the vinaigrette, I’m always looking for new ones to try!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Made this salad dressing last night for a huge family dinner. Received RAVE reviews from all! It is definitely a keeper.

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