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How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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This creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing will really make your salads come to life! It can also be used as a chicken marinade and takes only 5 minutes to prepare!

Knowing how to make a Balsamic Vinaigrette will take you far in life. A simple method is to mix just olive oil and balsamic vinegar together – the balsamic adds just the right touch of sweetness when tossed with salad greens. But I prefer something a little more fancy…. I like to add other ingredients to the mix, like a dollop of grainy mustard, some minced garlic, or a tablespoon of fresh chopped herbs. For a little more sweetness, I whisk in some honey.

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Balsamic vinaigrette dressing for a salad, in a small glass jar with a whisk.

This balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing can also be used as a balsamic chicken marinade, or on a simple spinach salad topped with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, almonds.

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Tips for the best Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

High-quality doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, it just means shopping smarter and choosing the right ingredients. When preparing a homemade salad dressing – or anything for that matter – make sure that each individual ingredient is delicious on its own.

The ratio of vinegar to oil in the perfect vinaigrette is up for debate. I prefer a 1:2 ratio of vinegar to oil (e.g. 1/4 cup vinegar to 1/2 cup oil) or even 1:3. Just play around with it until you find how you enjoy it most.

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Balsamic vinaigrette dressing for a salad, small glass jar with a whisk

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing will really make your salads come to life! It can also be used as a chicken marinade and takes only 5 minutes to prepare!


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a glass jar with a lid. Place lid on the jar and shake vigorously until thoroughly combined.


Make your homemade salad dressings in small batches. It only takes a minute to make fresh dressing and fresh is always best. It will keep up to one week in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator if you have leftovers. It might separate, just shake it up before using it. The recipe below makes 1 cup, but you can use the proportions to make any amount.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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