Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is a sweet, tangy balsamic dressing recipe made in minutes with only 5 ingredients.  It’s so fresh and tasty that you’ll never buy it from the store again!

balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a jar with a spoon

As you may know by now, I’m very passionate about salad. 🙂  I eat one every day, and make sure to use the freshest, organic ingredients that I can find.

That said, only homemade salad dressing will do!

I gave up buying salad dressing years ago because they don’t hold a candle to homemade dressing.  They’re full of preservatives, sodium and sugar, and they just ruin a salad.

I take a few minutes each week to prep 1-2 homemade dressings and boom!  My salads taste a whole lot fresher.

overhead shot of balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a jar with a spoon alongside

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This balsamic dressing recipe has been a staple for years.  This dressing is sweet and tangy, with the savory flavor of dijon mustard and a bit of lemon juice to make the flavors shine extra bright. 

This dressing is my youngest son’s favorite, especially on salads with fruit, nuts and cheese.  A salad that fits this description is coming your way Monday. 🙂

What is balsamic vinegar?

Balsamic vinegar is special because it’s made from the sweet juice of freshly pressed grapes, which is also called “grape must”.  The must is boiled into a concentrate, then fermented and aged.

Good balsamic vinegar contains just the grape must, and commercial varieties include a combination of grape must and wine vinegar.

What’s the difference between vinaigrette and dressing?

  • Vinaigrettes are oil-based, and include vinegar, dijon mustard, and shallots, garlic or other herbs and seasonings.  
  • Dressing is a blanket term for any type of salad dressing, including oil-based and creamy varieties like Caesar, ranch and bleu cheese.

front view of balsamic vinaigrette dressing in a jar with a spoon

Balsamic vinaigrette ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar — use a good quality for best results
  • dijon mustard
  • fresh lemon juice
  • maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to make Balsamic dressing

  • The easiest way to make homemade salad dressing is using a mason jar!  
  • Simply add all ingredients into the jar, place the lid on tight, and shake until the ingredients have emulsified.

overhead shot of balsamic vinaigrette dressing poured into a jar with a spoon

Do you need to refrigerate balsamic vinaigrette?

Your homemade balsamic dressing needs to be refrigerated. 

Keep in mind that the dressing will solidify when it’s cold, so place out at room temperature a few minutes before serving and shake well before using.

How long does homemade balsamic vinaigrette last?

Homemade salad dressings keep for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe tips and substitutions

Add garlic, shallots or herbs to change up your dressing!  If using fresh garlic and shallots, pulse the dressing in a food processor. 

Serve balsamic vinaigrette dressing with the following:

Berry arugula salad

Fig arugula salad

Summer kale salad

Wild rice salad

More salad dressing recipes you’ll love:

Coleslaw dressing

Greek salad dressing

Greek yogurt ranch

Homemade caesar dressing

Italian Salad Dressing

Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Yield: 10 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is a sweet, tangy balsamic dressing recipe made in minutes with only 5 ingredients.  It's so fresh and tasty that you'll never buy it from the store again!

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (use good quality for best results)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a small jar and seal with a lid. Shake vigorously until emulsified.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Add garlic, shallots or herbs to change up your dressing!  If using fresh garlic and shallots, pulse the dressing in a food processor.  
  • Dressing keeps for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  • Keep in mind that the dressing will solidify when it's cold, so place out at room temperature a few minutes before serving and shake well before using.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 58mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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