The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

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The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
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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!

Easy Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 3/4 cup dressing

Prep Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
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The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe – A simple salad dressing with fabulous flavor. Rich, zesty, and tangy-sweet! Only 6 ingredients needed.


  • 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 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. 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.
  2. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously to combine. Once smooth, taste. Then add more honey or salt if needed.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 3/4 cup dressing, Serving Size: 12

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 54 Calories
  • Total Fat: 4.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6g
  • Sodium: 107mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Protein: 0.1g
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16 comments on “The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  2. Naomiposted May 24, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply

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

  3. Maria Lichtyposted May 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

    A perfect dressing!

    Rating: 5
  4. Gaby Dalkinposted May 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Love creating my own dressings! Sounds delish!

  5. Jennaposted July 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

    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 :) 

    • Sommerposted July 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm Reply

      Hi Jenna,

      I’m so glad you liked it! You just made my day. :)

  6. Nicoleposted July 24, 2017 at 9:25 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted July 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

      Hi Nicole, Absolutely! :)

  7. Sue S.posted November 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  8. Theresaposted December 30, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

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

  9. Heather Wposted January 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  10. Sueposted March 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  11. Lorettaposted March 25, 2018 at 11:13 am Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  12. Melanie Chervonyposted April 12, 2018 at 7:56 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted April 17, 2018 at 10:14 am Reply

      Hi Melanie,

      So glad you like it! I keep it in an airtight jar it the fridge, then shake it up before serving. It should be fine for 2-3 weeks.

  13. Cindyposted April 19, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5