Fresh Herb Vinaigrette (Paleo, Keto, Whole30, GAPS)

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Fresh Herb Vinaigrette can use any fresh herb you have on hand, but was originally designed to feature fresh sage. This delightful olive oil and apple cider vinegar dressing is Paleo, Keto, Whole30 and GAPS Diet friendly. The dressing allows your fresh herb flavor to shine while also providing a basic, well-balanced salad dressing for everyday or special occasions. Whether harvesting from your garden in the summer, buying from the grocery market in winter or supporting local farmers, fresh herbs are always in season.

bottle of green vinaigrette with garlic bulb to one side


Fresh Summer Herbs

Summer eating is different than how we eat the rest of the year. For one, we eat out of doors more often, feeling the fresh air and smelling the sun. Secondly, we eat more fresh food, freshly picked from local farms. So we delight in simple ingredients: the flavor of a tomato, the loveliness of butter lettuce, how good basil is.

Salads say summer. And sometimes the salads are not elaborate: just tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, cucumbers, whatever’s growing in the garden or looks good at the farmer’s market.

It’s herbs and/or the right dressing that highlight those simple ingredients and elevate them to another level.

Herbs and edible flowers make summer special. They’re easy and accessible; yet they’re so delicious and exciting. No matter how often we eat fresh herbs we always enjoy and relish them. We talk about them.

Want to learn how to grow your own fresh herbs? This helpful post shares where and how to grow your own herbs, both in your garden and inside your house!


This vinaigrette honors the magic  that fresh herbs bring into our lives. Sage is abundant right now. It’s an herb we’re harvesting and enjoying often. A few other strong herbs can be subbed in for the sage, if you prefer, or if you’d like to enjoy variety, with this recipe as a base. Rosemary is great. Oregano works well.

(If you have a lot of sage on hand, this recipe for Fried Sage is wonderful. Fried Sage is easy and so pretty. The fried leaves are great for snacking and discussing; or they make an exciting garnish for any dish.)

We enjoy adding more delicate herbs (or edible flowers) to salads too; basil, tarragon, dill, cilantro and parsley are all lovely herbs to toss in with lettuce or with which to decorate a composed salad.

This vinaigrette keeps well in the fridge. So make it for guests and enjoy the leftovers. Or make it for you and enjoy just having it on hand.

May you enjoy many beautiful outdoor meals each summer, and lovely salads through every seaon …

5 from 1 vote
small bottle of fresh herb vinaigrette that's whole30 paleo and gaps
Fresh Herb Vinaigrette (Paleo, Keto, Whole30, GAPS)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 14 kcal
Author: Megan
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (for GAPS) or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh sage minced OR the fresh herb of choice that you have on hand
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard or 1/2 tsp. mustard powder for GAPS diet
  • 1 clove garlic crushed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper or freshly ground black
  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl. Put on lid, and shake vigorously; or whisk to combine. Alternately, place all ingredients in the blender for a more emulsified texture, blending for 15 seconds.
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Herb Vinaigrette (Paleo, Keto, Whole30, GAPS)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 14 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What’s your favorite ingredient in salad dressing?

Comments 26

  1. Sounds delicious! We are definitely making the move to salads with dinner as the weather warms up – anything to not have to use the oven or stove.

  2. I love homemade dressing – this is another great recipe to add to my list of dressings to make! Thank you!! 🙂

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  3. This looks tasty, however I can’t see how there is only 14 calories per serving when there is a cup of olive oil in the recipe.

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