How Can I Make a Lighter "Newman's Own" Vinaigrette at Home?

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Q: I am desperate to re-create Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar salad dressing with less oil. I buy Newman's regularly, only to pour (and discard!) at least 3/4 cup of oil from the bottle before using it. Newman's light dressings do not have the same appeal; I am looking for a make-at-home solution with the same exact flavor.

Ingredients on the dressing's label are as follows: "Olive Oil Blend (Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil), Water, Red Wine Vinegar, Onion, Spices, Salt, Garlic, Lemon Juice and Distilled Vinegar"

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Editor: I'd recommend starting with a basic vinaigrette like this one, but replace the balsamic with a mix of red wine vinegar and lemon juice: 

From there, it's a matter of refining the spices. Try finely chopped shallots, garlic powder, and fresh or dried oregano to start.

Readers, what suggestions do you have?

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