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

Homemade balsamic salad dressing in jar with spoon.

Why We Love This Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

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

This homemade salad dressing 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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Ingredients You Need

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

  • Aged balsamic vinegar –  It’s important to buy 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 it with avocado or any other light-flavored oil you prefer.
  • HoneyYou’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 mustardFor that perfect tangy element that brings out the boldness of the balsamic.
  • Dried thymeThis balances the sweet and zesty notes of the dressing with a mild earthy flavor.
  • Minced garlicBecause every good vinaigrette needs garlic!
Balsamic vinaigrette recipe in jar with oil being added.

How To Make Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

  1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and seal tightly.
  2. Shake vigorously. The mustard will help emulsify the vinaigrette and give it a thick luxurious quality. Alternatively, you could whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl!

That’s it. Seriously!

Hand holding a measuring spoon full of dijon mustard above a jar of balsamic vinegar.

Serving Suggestions

Use this homemade balsamic vinaigrette on all of your favorite green salads, over freshly sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, or as a dressing on top of roasted veggies! Here are some of my favorite things to pair with it:

Honey being added to the balsamic vinaigrette.

Tips & Tricks

  • Olive oil and vinegar will separate after sitting in the fridge! When you use it after storing it, be sure to give it a good shake. High-quality olive oil will even solidify sometimes, so give it a few minutes to warm up and then shake again.
  • Use high-quality ingredients! High-quality ingredients go a long way in creating a homemade balsamic dressing that tastes amazing. However, you don’t need to most expensive balsamic vinegar either! Just use one that you know you like the taste of.
  • Adjust to taste! Everyone likes their vinaigrettes a little bit different. Taste it and adjust with extra vinegar, more oil, or perhaps more honey if you want it a little sweeter!
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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can Balsamic Dressing 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 Balsamic 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 balsamic glaze after cooking.

Try a bit of this balsamic vinaigrette recipe with fruits like watermelon and strawberries for a terrifically savory and sweet treat. Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream turns the salad into an instant dessert.

You can even use it as a marinade over proteins like steak, pork, and chicken.

Homemade salad dressing with balsamic vinegar in jar.

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 the honey to make it vegan, and it’s perfectly okay to use other mustards like stone-ground or yellow mustard if you don’t have Dijon.

Where Does Balsamic Vinegar Come From?

Authentic balsamic vinegar is made in only the cities of Reggio Emilia and Modena, Italy. It is highly regulated for quality so the traditional methods and production process is monitored by a special certification agency in Italy.

Traditional balsamic vinegar begins with grape must, which is a thick juice or mash made of whole pressed grapes including every component from skin to seeds and stems. They must achieve the perfect balance in flavor after cooking to concentrate the liquid, then fermenting for several weeks. It is then aged in barrels made of chestnut, oak, cherry, mulberry, and juniper wood to create unique flavor notes.

Spoon drizzling the dressing over the top of the jar to show consistency.

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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



  • 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.



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.


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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