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The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe – This tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing will make your salads sparkle, and takes only 5 minutes to prepare!

Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
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Is there anything more satisfying than skillfully whipping up your own dressing right at home? It makes you wonder why you ever bothered buying the bottled stuff at the store.

This recipe for the Best Balsamic Vinaigrette is one I’ve tweaked over the years to be perfectly tangy-sweet and silky in texture.

The tantalizing flavor is based on good quality aged balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey, a touch of dijon mustard, and herbs. It is fabulous over robust spinach and kale salads, romaine salads, and even over roasted vegetables!

And you can easily make larger batches of this balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and keep it in the refrigerator for several weeks.

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What Ingredients You Need to Make the Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

With just a handful of ingredients you can make a vinaigrette that rivals any store-bought brand in both taste and cost.

Here’s all that you need:

  • Aged balsamic vinegar –  It’s important to buy a very good aged balsamic vinegar. The longer the vinegar has been aged, the sweeter, milder, and richer it becomes.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – My personal favorite for making vinaigrettes, but you can substitute with avocado or any other light flavored oil you prefer.
  • Honey – You’ll need less honey in this recipe if you use an older vinegar and/or if you prefer a more savory and less sweet dressing.
  • Dijon mustard – For that perfect tangy element that brings out the boldness of the balsamic.
  • Dried thyme – This balances the sweet and zesty notes of the dressing with a mild earthy flavor.
  • Minced garlic – Because every good vinaigrette needs garlic!

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How To Make Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and seal tightly.
  2. Shake vigorously. The mustard with help emulsify the vinaigrette and give it a thick luxurious quality.

That’s it. Seriously!

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How Long Can Balsamic Vinaigrette Be Stored?

Kept in an airtight container in the fridge, this dressing will keep well for 2-3 weeks. Just give it a good shake before serving.

What are Some Ways to Enjoy This Vinaigrette?

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing is delicious drizzled on cold salads loaded with fresh greens and veggies, and on warm salads with quinoa, chickpeas and/or cooked stone fruits like grilled peaches or poached pears.

It adds a wonderful depth and tanginess to hearty roasted veggies, such as carrots and Brussels sprouts, as a glaze after cooking.

And try a bit of balsamic vinaigrette with fruits like watermelon and strawberries for a terrifically savory and sweet treat!

Can I Substitute Ingredients in this Recipe?

You absolutely can. Use whatever mild flavor oil you prefer (like paleo-friendly avocado oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil), substitute maple syrup for honey to make vegan, and it’s perfectly ok to use other mustards like stoneground or yellow mustard if you don’t have Dijon.

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The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - This tangy balsamic vinaigrette dressing will make your salads sparkle, and takes only 5 minutes to prepare!
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, and garlic clove in a jar. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously to combine. Once smooth, taste. Then add more honey or salt if needed.

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Notes

Kept in an airtight container in the fridge, this dressing will keep well for 2-3 weeks. Just give it a good shake before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 84kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 16mg, Potassium: 8mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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51 comments on “The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette”

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  3. Yes and it came out great 

  4. Made it exactly to the recipe with the 2 tbs option of honey. It is PERFECT. Been looking a long time for this dressig and just took a chance because of the reviews.

  5. We love making homemade vinaigrette! Adding the mustard adds a nice flavor to this!

  6. This is my new favorite salad dressing! So delicious!

  7. This dressing is amazing! I love how thick it is; because of that, a little really goes a long way. Even my husband loves it. Thank you for sharing it!

  8. It turned out so good! A new staple at my kitchen!

  9. I love homemade salad dressing and this one is amazing!! Such a great recipe!

  10. You are absolutely correct, this is the BEST! My kids love it too!

  11. I will definitely try this✨
    We have one that my mother in law got from some special restaurant.
    It seems the only difference is that we add ketchup!
    Would you believe ketchup.
    And the funny thing is you’ll never taste the ketchup
    Plus sweet basil & oregano.
    Blessings ✨✨

  12. thank you for sharing!

  13. One of the best dressings I have found!

  14. Delish!  I’ve been using another recipe for years and it didn’t have Dijon mustard in it.  Wish I would have found this recipe sooner!  Also, I left out the honey since I tend to like more of a savory taste over sweet.  It was perfection!  I’ve deleted my old recipe and replaced it with this one!! 

  15. This is an excellent balsamic vinaigrette.  The flavors and acidity are perfectly balanced for dressing tender greens.  

  16. Super simple dressing that is quick to whip up. I always have the ingredients on hand which makes this very convenient. It has wonderful flavor and better than any bottled version I’ve ever tried! I used this on a Balsamic Cucumber Salad and it was perfect!

  17. Delicious! My new favorite dressing.

  18. I found this recipe a few months ago and I make a batch weekly. It is hands down the best vinaigrette I’ve ever had.

  19. Thank you for a perfect recipe – I’ve been trying for years to make a good salad dressing. And now I can.

  20. Hi, are there really 224 calories per serving???

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  24. Made this tonight for dinner and I absolutely loved it.  I made some more after dinner to have on hand for the upcoming week.  Awesome recipe!

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  27. The best. Even my husband loved it

  28. Love this Balsamic Vinaigrette!! I think it’s the best I’ve ever had:)

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  30. The dressing is delicious but I should have used less honey. 
    What can I add to it to take away some of the sweetness?

  31. This is the best balsamic dressing I’ve had! How long does it keep for and what’s the best way to store it?

  32. I made it yesterday…..the day I found it!  YUMM!  I used it on a quinoa spinach salad and here I am again making it upon request.  Thanks so much!

  33. Very yummy. My husband never comments on my salad dressings, but he told me he loved it and went back for more. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I absolutely love this dressing!  It’s thick, flavorful and just so much better than the vinaigrette from the store.  My husband and friends love it too.  And I love that there are no weird and unnecessary ingredients.  This is definitely in the weekly rotation, thank you!

  35. This dressing is fantastic!!! Loved it in my salad today!! 

  36. I’ve made the dressing several times. I love balsamic vinaigrette and this recipe is so easy and delicious!!

  37. Can you sub regular yellow mustard for dijon? That’s all I have in and don’t want to buy some for the small amount I would use for this. Sounds delicious!

  38. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked forever. I’ve finally made it today and the name is apt! Probably one of the best dressings ever – delicious! Thanks from ND :) 

  39. Love creating my own dressings! Sounds delish!

  40. I need to try this, I bet it is so much better than store bought

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