This easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is gluten free, loaded with heart-healthy Omega-3s, and takes about 5 minutes to throw together! Plus, it's the perfect dressing to pair with salads, roasted vegetables, and even use on top of fruit. And it'll stay good in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. There's just something about a homemade dressing that takes a good salad to a GREAT salad! I hope you enjoy.
**The full recipe including ingredient measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!
Why a homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe?
I totally suggest making a homemade balsalmic vinaigrette recipe salad dressing for a few reasons.
- For one, it’s cheaper than store bought and you likely already have most the ingredients in your pantry.
- To me, it tastes better than store bought dressings.
- You know exactly what is in it. No preservatives, no additives, just simple ingredients.
- It's easy to adjust it to your taste!
What you need to make this Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe
At it's base, a great Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe starts with a high quality balsamic vinegar to give it that complex and tangy flavor we all love.
Pro tip: buy aged balsamic vinegar to make your dressing. As balsamic vinegar ages, it becomes a bit sweeter and the flavor gets better
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
EVOO and avocado oil are my favorites to use in recipes. For dressings, I highly suggest using EVOO. It brings a robust and slightly peppery and pure flavor to the dressing.
Plus, extra virgin olive oil is olive oil in it’s purest form (least processed) so it retains all the antioxidants and nutrients from the olive itself.
Dijon mustard is made from black mustard seeds which makes it slightly more spicy than your typical yellow mustard.
Honestly, I go with private label dijon mustard at H-E-B (a local Texas grocery store) and I think it works perfectly! But you could also go with brands like Grey Poupon or Primal Kitchen.
Honey adds just a touch of sweetness that balances out the more tangy flavors of the dijon mustard and balsamic
A great balsamic vinaigrette recipe would not be complete without some fresh minced garlic to add a bit more spice!
Salt and pepper
Salt and pepper to taste to bring it all together!
To Make this Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
Making this dressing is super straight-forward! Once you have the ingredients, there are basically 2 options.
- To mix in a bowl, add all ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil and whisk. Slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil and continue whisking until well mixed.
- If you prefer to make it in a mason jar or other tightly sealed container, add everything at once and shake vigorously until well mixed.
- Adjust to taste! The ingredient flavors in this balsamic vinaigrette recipe can vary a bit based on brand and variety so taste your dressing once it's mixed and adjust it if needed! If you like your dressings on the sweeter side, add a bit more honey. If you prefer it on the tangier side, add a bit more dijon or balsamic. If you prefer it more robust, bump up the extra virgin olive oil a bit.
Storage for Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
This dressing will stay good in the fridge for 1-2 weeks! Use your judgement but it's perfect to whip up this dressing and then have it on hand for a couple weeks.
It's totally normal for the oil and vinegar to seperate and even solidify a bit in the fridge. Simply take it out and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then shake to combine before using it on your recipe.
Uses for this Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
Use this dressing however you want! It goes perfect with a Beet and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese or a spinach and strawberry salad! You could also use it to add some flavor to roasted vegetables or over some tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for a perfect caprese style salad!
If you give this Balsamic Vinaigrette a try, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a star rating or comment below!
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