The objective of the study was to develop a self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS), also known as microemulsion preconcentrate, for oral delivery of five poorly water-soluble nutraceuticals or bioactive agents, namely, vitamin A, vitamin K2, coenzyme Q10, quercetin and trans-resveratrol. The SMEDDS contained a 1:1 mixture (w/w) of Capmul MCM NF (a medium chain monoglyceride) and Captex 355 EP/NF (a medium chain triglyceride) as the hydrophobic lipid and Tween 80 (polysorbate 80) as the hydrophilic surfactant. The lipid and surfactant were mixed at 50:50 w/w ratio. All three of the SMEDDS components have GRAS or safe food additive status. The solubility of nutraceuticals was determined in Capmul MCM, Captex 355, Tween 80, and the SMEDDS (microemulsion preconcentrate mixture). The solubility values of vitamin A palmitate, vitamin K2, coenzyme Q10, quercetin, and trans-resveratrol per g of SMEDDS were, respectively, 500, 12, 8, 56, and 87 mg. Appropriate formulations of nutraceuticals were prepared and filled into hard gelatin capsules. They were then subjected to in vitro dispersion testing using 250 mL of 0.01 N HCl in USP dissolution apparatus II. The dispersion test showed that all SMEDDS containing nutraceuticals dispersed spontaneously to form microemulsions after disintegration of capsule shells with globule size in the range of 25 to 200 nm. From all formulations, except that of vitamin K2, >80-90% nutraceuticals dispersed in 5-10 min and there was no precipitation of compounds during the test period of 120 min. Some variation in dispersion of vitamin K2 was observed due to the nature of the material used (vitamin K2 pre-adsorbed onto calcium phosphate). The present report provides a simple and organic cosolvent-free lipid-based SMEDDS for the oral delivery of poorly water-soluble nutraceuticals. Although a 50:50 w/w mixture of lipid to surfactant was used, the lipid content may be increased to 70:30 without compromising the formation of microemulsion.