Homemade vinaigrette often has less fat, calories, sugar, and salt than the store-bought versions. And it’s just as delicious. All it takes is a little time and a few ingredients, which you likely have on hand. In no time, you’ll have a tasty, healthy, homemade vinaigrette. Use it as a salad dressing. Drizzle it over steamed vegetables. Enjoy it as a marinade or a sauce for chicken, red meat, or fish. Add it to pasta or potato salad. Make it a condiment for your sandwich.

Start with the simplest version of all—3 parts oil to 1 part fresh lemon juice or vinegar. Just two ingredients and no prep time can yield a simple, fresh, healthy vinaigrette. To spice things up a bit more, add fresh or dried herbs, minced garlic, chopped shallots, grated ginger, Dijon mustard, and more. Get creative. To combine, toss ingredients in a mason jar and shake, use a bowl and a whisk, or an immersion blender. Best of all, the leftovers can be refrigerated for a few days.