Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This balsamic vinaigrette dressing is quick, easy, and delicious. It requires only 5 minutes to prepare. Its rich, tangy flavor transforms any salad from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Made with a simple blend of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, this dressing offers a perfect balance of acidity and smoothness. Ideal for busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings, it’s a versatile addition to your dressing repertoire, enhancing salads, marinades, and dips.

This salad dressing recipe is a small-batch recipe. I enjoy making it fresh every few days to pour on our salads.

Not that you have to make it in small batches. We’ve made it easy to convert it to a big batch recipe by just changing the servings in the recipe card!

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Foods that will benefit from this dressing

  • Drizzle it over roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts, carrots, or sweet potatoes before or after roasting for added depth and a hint of acidity.
  • Use it as a marinade for chicken, beef, or pork. The acidity of the vinegar helps tenderize the meat while adding a flavorful glaze.
  • Spread a thin layer on the bread or tortilla before assembling to add moisture and flavor without overpowering the other ingredients.
  • Although not a traditional dressing for Caprese, a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette can add a nice twist to the classic combination of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
  • A light drizzle of the dressing enhances the natural sweetness of fruits like peaches, strawberries, or watermelon, making them refreshing snacks or desserts.
  • Mix it into cold pasta salads with fresh vegetables and cheese for a tangy, savory dressing option lighter than creamy dressings.
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette can add complexity to grain bowls made with quinoa, farro, or rice, complementing the grains and any vegetable or protein additions.
  • Blend it into dips or use it as a base for an aioli, which you can serve with fresh vegetables, chips, or bread.
  • A small bowl of balsamic vinaigrette makes a great dip or drizzle for cheese platters, enhancing the flavors of cheeses like goat cheese, Parmesan, or aged cheddar.
  • Brush it on grilled fish or shrimp to add a zesty flavor that complements the seafood’s natural taste.

Helpful tips

  • The taste of your dressing heavily depends on the quality of the balsamic vinegar and olive oil you use. Opt for high-quality balsamic vinegar for a richer flavor and a good extra virgin olive oil for its fruity, peppery notes.
  • Adjust the ratio of vinegar to oil based on your preference for acidity. A classic vinaigrette typically uses a 1:3 ratio of vinegar to oil, but you can adjust this to suit your taste.
  • Although I’m using maple syrup in this recipe. You can substitute it with honey. To balance the acidity, start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
  • Don’t forget to season your dressing with salt and pepper. These enhance the flavors of the vinaigrette and can be adjusted according to your preference.
  • I didn’t add this to our balsamic dressing, but for an aromatic twist, add finely chopped fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or oregano. This gives your dressing a fresh and vibrant flavor.
  • To get a smooth and emulsified texture, whisk the ingredients vigorously or use a blender. This helps to blend the oil and vinegar seamlessly.
  • Before serving, taste your dressing and adjust the seasoning or ingredients as needed. Sometimes a little extra vinegar, a pinch of salt, or a spoonful of honey can make a big difference.
  • Keep your balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can last for up to two weeks. Just remember to give it a good shake or stir before using, as the ingredients may separate over time.

How to make this balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Pre-step

Get a medium-sized bowl, a whisk, and a small jar.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, salt, black pepper, and a fresh garlic clove.

Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, garlic and maple syrup on a table
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Step two

Add all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl.

All the ingredients for the dressing in the metal bowl ready to be mixed
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Step three

Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. I love how thick the liquid gets- it emulsifies!

I love that word.

Emulsion, emulsifier, emulsifies!

Pour the homemade salad dressing into an appropriate container like a jar or small glass bottle.

A small jar filled with the vinaigrette with a salad in the background
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Pour it on some salad.

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Time to eat it!

I hope you enjoy this balsamic vinaigrette dressing recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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A hand holding a small glass gravy boat pouring the dressing on the salad

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

This easy and delicious dressing recipe is satisfying on your next salad.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dressing
Cuisine: Sauce
Keyword: balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Vinaigrette Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 33kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all the ingredients.
    1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/16 teaspoon salt, 1/16 teaspoon pepper
  • Whisk the ingredients together until it thickens.
  • Pour into a jar. Or add it to a salad.
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips

  • The taste of your dressing heavily depends on the quality of the balsamic vinegar and olive oil you use. Opt for high-quality balsamic vinegar for a richer flavor and a good extra virgin olive oil for its fruity, peppery notes.
  • Adjust the ratio of vinegar to oil based on your preference for acidity. A classic vinaigrette typically uses a 1:3 ratio of vinegar to oil, but you can adjust this to suit your taste.
  • Although I’m using maple syrup in this recipe. You can substitute it with honey. To balance the acidity, start with a small amount and adjust to taste.
  • Don’t forget to season your dressing with salt and pepper. These enhance the flavors of the vinaigrette and can be adjusted according to your preference.
  • I didn’t add this to our balsamic dressing, but for an aromatic twist, add finely chopped fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or oregano. This gives your dressing a fresh and vibrant flavor.
  • To get a smooth and emulsified texture, whisk the ingredients vigorously or use a blender. This helps to blend the oil and vinegar seamlessly.
  • Before serving, taste your dressing and adjust the seasoning or ingredients as needed. Sometimes a little extra vinegar, a pinch of salt, or a spoonful of honey can make a big difference.
  • Keep your balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can last for up to two weeks. Just remember to give it a good shake or stir before using, as the ingredients may separate over time.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 33kcal | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 2mg | Vitamin C: 0.1mg
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