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How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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!

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

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Why I love this recipe

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.

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.

What is homemade Balsamic Dressing made of?

This dressing recipe has been a favorite of mine since the first time that I made it. It contains only a few simple ingredients that you are likely to already have in your pantry and fridge.

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Garlic
  • salt and ground black pepper

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Wide photo of balsamic vinaigrette in a mason jar next to a salad in a white bowl.

TIP:

Mustard is an emulsifying agent that encourages oil and vinegar to stay together.

How to make

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. If you don’t have a jar, this can be mixed together with a whisk or a blender.

Make this Balsamic Salad Dressing, then check out my Honey Mustard Dressing, Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing and more of my Crazy Good Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes.  

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Tips for the best Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Read on for tips on how to make this the best ever balsamic vinaigrette, and how to avoid making it a disaster.

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.

What is the best vinegar to oil ratio for vinaigrette dressing?

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.

Best ever dressing tip

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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Berry and Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing: A healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with strawberries, blueberries, almonds, a squeeze of lemon, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.

How long does balsamic vinaigrette last?

This balsamic vinaigrette must be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. This dressing will keep well for 2-3 weeks. Just give it a good shake before serving.

Make this balsamic vinaigrette, then check out my Montreal Steak Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Honey Mustard Dressing, Roasted Asparagus Caesar Salad, and Classic Waldorf Salad and more of my healthy salad dressing recipes.  

More healthy homemade salad dressings to try:

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

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

For tips, substitutions, storage and serving info be sure to read the full Balsamic Vinaigrette post.

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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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Close up of small glass jar of creamy balsamic salad dressing with mini whisk in it and text overlay that says "Best Ever Balsamic vinaigrette".

Gayle

Sunday 27th of March 2022

Way too much vinegar. Use about 1/4 C

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Monday 28th of March 2022

Yes, I agree. That is addressed in the post: "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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