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German Vinaigrette Recipe

German Vinaigrette Recipe - Contributed by Eric from Stirling, Ontario, Canada - as handed down from generation to generation. His German Grandmother brought this easy vinaigrette recipe with her from Germany in the early 1900s. Three generations have been using it ever since.

He writes -

"This German Vinaigrette was made by my German Grandmother all the time. It was a quick & easy simple dressing to prepare and was used on a number of different green and vegetable salads. It has just the right balance of sweetness and tartness to compliment any simple salad recipe.

Every fall we would especially look forward to her German beet recipe with this vinaigrette dressing. I have never tasted another vinaigrette like it."

German Vinaigrette Recipe


  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Olive oil (or a good cooking oil)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sugar
  • 1 small onion - diced very fine
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) celery salt or 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) celery seed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Maggi


1. Combine all the ingredients in a sealer or mason jar that will hold about 2 cups (500 ml) & shake thoroughly.

2. Store your German vinaigrette in the refrigerator for up to a week. Re shake it before each use.

Did you know

- that Maggi is a liquid concentrated seasoning for food

- that Maggi can be used to improve the flavour of soups, stews, gravies, sauces, stir frys, dressings, and vinaigrette.

- that a few drops go a long way - so go easy and keep taste testing

- that Maggi is very salty - even the label says it has 62% sodium

- that Maggi is somewhat similar to soy sauce in its use

- that Maggi is very common in Europe, as soy sauce is in Asia

- that Maggi is an important ingredient in many German recipes

- that Maggi is made and distributed by the Nestle Corporation in United States

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