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I have three salad dressings I make all the time…

A simple asian soy dressing. Creamy garlic lime dressing. And this balsamic vinaigrette.

I make at least one of these every single week, and sometimes all three.

Making The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Today’s dressing, The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette, is a recipe 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.

How To Make The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

It’s important to buy a very good aged balsamic vinegar. The longer the balsamic vinegar has been aged, the sweeter, milder, and richer it becomes.

You’ll need less honey in The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe if you use an older vinegar.

Perfect Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

To Make The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

Place all the ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously. The mustard with help emulsify the vinaigrette and give it a thick luxurious quality.

That’s it.

Our Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

You can make larger batches, and keep it in the refrigerator for several weeks. Just shake well before using.

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette is fabulous over robust spinach and kale salads, romaine salads, and even over roasted vegetables.

Give it a try!

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The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - A simple salad dressing with fabulous flavor. Rich, zesty, and tangy-sweet! Only 6 ingredients needed.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper

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.
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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36 comments on “The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette”

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

  2. 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!

  3. Delicious! My new favorite dressing.

  4. 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.

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

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

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  10. 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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  13. The best. Even my husband loved it

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

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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 :) 

  25. Love creating my own dressings! Sounds delish!

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

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