No more eating bland salads with just salt and pepper! Add a dollop of this easy, healthy, homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing and savor an extraordinary bowl of your favorite greens in seconds! Here is how to make it.
There are endless possibilities to make salads by changing the dressing or the ingredients in the salad.
So, today I have a recipe for an interesting dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette that adds a delicious twist to any combination of salad.
Just chop your salads, add the dressing, and voila your meal is ready!
Also, this dressing stays good in the refrigerator for about a week and far better from the store-bought bottled dressings as they are fresh and free of preservatives.
So, make this dressing and whip up your favorite salad in minutes.
Here are some more dressings, that will make your Summer Salads interesting – Homemade Italian Dressing, Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing, Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing, Creamy Mango Salad Dressing, and Basil Vinaigrette.
What is Vinaigrette?
Vinaigrette is a salad dressing that is prepared by mixing Extra Virgin Olive Oil with acidic ingredients like vinegar.
Fruits like lemon, basil, strawberry et al can be added to it to give it a unique flavor.
Its flavors can be enhanced by adding a dash of salt and pepper.
Being a salad lover, it was obvious for me to try such dressings and some of my tested, delicious recipes include Basil Vinaigrette, Strawberry Vinaigrette, and this basic Balsamic Vinaigrette. Guess what?
All of them are lip-smacking!
What is Balsamic Vinaigrette?
Made using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Italian Herbs, it is a lip-smacking salad dressing that perks up salads and sides with its refreshing flavors just like Asian Orange Ginger Salad Dressing.
This dressing is very easy to prepare at home. And it checks the listed requirements. Best right 🙂
- Low Carb
- Whole 30
- No Refined Sugar
You need 3 main ingredients to make any vinaigrette
Oil – In this particular recipe, I have used Extra Virgin Olive Oil but you can definitely use any good cold-pressed oil of your choice.
Try experimenting with flax seed oil, grape seed oil, or even sesame oil.
Acid – Balsamic Vinegar makes a great option to make Vinaigrettes and that is why I have used it in this recipe.
But feel free to use vinegar like apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.
Citrus juice along with vinegar also adds a nice flavor profile to vinaigrettes and you must definitely explore adding them.
Seasoning – I have kept the seasoning basic to salt, pepper, and herbs. Go ahead and try adding garlic, dijon mustard, etc.
Play with the seasonings for a new flavor profile each time you make this recipe.
Can this dressing go bad?
This dressing has a very long shelf like for 3-4 months if stored in the refrigerator.
You can just whisk the vinaigrette before use once again and it is good to go.
You should store balsamic vinaigrette in a glass bottle with sealed cap and refrigerate it in between use.
In order to make the best version of this dressing, keep good quality balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil handy.
Furthermore, make sure to add honey and garlic to give this dressing a nice zing.
Now, as mentioned in the recipe, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl or a jar and shake vigorously or simply whisk to emulsify the vinaigrette to mix the ingredients well.
In addition, you can also easily store this salad dressing for up to one week in a mason jar.
Do read my recipe for this dressing and if you like then you may also try its variation called Basil Vinaigrette.
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Step By Step Recipe
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.
Whisk well. You can also add the ingredients in a jar with a tight lid and shake the jar vigorously.
Store in an airtight glass bottle in the refrigerator.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Garlic (Minced)
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/4 tsp Dried Basil
- 1/4 tsp Dried Rosemary
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.
- Store in an airtight glass bottle in refrigerator.
- Mix well before use.