This homemade balsamic vinaigrette recipe is the quick and simple way of making this healthier dressing choice at home. It’s easy to customize to your tastes and works as a great base for flavored vinaigrettes.

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About Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

We’re a bit picky about dressings in our house, and one of the two I always try to keep on hand is a good balsamic vinaigrette.

However, I’ve had a lot of trouble tracking down a store-bought version that we love. It always tasted like something was “missing” – or maybe it was that there was “too much” of something – for me to want to buy any specific brand again. So, naturally, this eventually lead to me trying to make my own “perfect” version at home.

And so far, this recipe has been the winner of the bunch by far. Primarily because of how simple it is.

Not only does this vinaigrette dressing take five minutes to mix together, it’s also easy to customize to our tastes. Because sometimes I like a tart dressing for a fruit-filled salad or a sweet dressing for chicken or fish. With this recipe, both are easy to accomplish on a whim.

Plus, the recipe makes a modest amount (about 3/4 cup) so I don’t mind making little tweaks and adjustments to fit one meal. The dressing is usually gone by the time we’re done eating dinner or snacking on leftovers.

How to make homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

What is the difference between balsamic vinegar and balsamic vinaigrette?

Balsamic vinegar is a dark, sweet Italian vinegar while a balsamic vinaigrette is a dressing made by mixing oil, balsamic vinegar, and another sweet or tart flavors.

So, in other words, balsamic vinegar is a key ingredient in balsamic vinaigrette. They’re similar in that one is made using the other, but they’re used in different ways and could have totally different tastes.

Is balsamic vinaigrette healthy?

In a way, yes, a balsamic vinaigrette is healthy. But I think the better answer is to say that it is a healthier alternative when faced with options like ranch, thousand island, blue cheese, etc.

This is because a balsamic vinaigrette has a lot of healthy ingredients, such as balsamic vinegar (beneficial antioxidants, no fat, few calories), olive oil (good fats), and honey (more antioxidants).

However, this dressing also includes some additions that might not fit in everyone’s view of “healthy,” such as Dijon mustard. The good news is that these ingredients only make up a small portion of the dressing, so their overall impact is minor compared to all the good-for-you stuff.

How long is homemade balsamic vinaigrette good for?

Once made, this dressing can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes & tips for this vinaigrette dressing

  • Love the dressing but don’t like the minced garlic in it? That’s an easy fix! You can either pulse the dressing in a food processor for two or three minutes OR you can substitute the fresh garlic with 1/8 to 1/4 tsp powdered garlic.

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How to make balsamic vinaigrette

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a medium bowl, add balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and garlic, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Give the ingredients a quick whisk.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 1 - Add balsamic vinegar. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 1 - Add Dijon mustard. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 1 - Add honey. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 1 - Add garlic.

Step 2 – While continuing to whisk, slowly pour in the olive oil. The goal is to blend in the olive oil so that it incorporates with the rest of the ingredients. I typically use the sides of the bowl as my guide, whisking until the line of oil around the edges disappears.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 2 - Slowly pour in olive oil. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 2 - Whisk dressing while pouring in olive oil. Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Step 2 - Whisk dressing until combined.

Step 3 – For the best flavor, I like to chill the dressing for at least one hour. This allows the garlic and other flavors to marinate a bit.

Step 4 – Use as desired!

How to you make a balsamic vinaigrette at home.

Recipe Details

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette! This homemade balsamic vinaigrette recipe is the quick and simple way of making this healthier dressing choice at home. It's easy to customize to your tastes and works as a great base for flavored vinaigrettes. | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.6 from 5 votes

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

10 mins prep
259 kcal
Yields: 4 servings (about 3 tablespoons each)
This homemade balsamic vinaigrette recipe is the quick and simple way of making this healthier dressing choice at home. It's easy to customize to your tastes and works as a great base for flavored vinaigrettes.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • While continuing to whisk, slowly pour in the olive oil, allowing the ingredients to incorporate. Continue to whisk until the oil is no longer separated, especially around the edges of the bowl.
  • For best flavor, let balsamic vinaigrette chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, then use as desired. Prepared dressing can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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4 comments

    • Jean Hashagen
    • 5 stars

    Great recipe. Another idea if you don’t want the minced garlic, but want the flavor, is to crush a clove of garlic and leave it in the dressing for and hour or two. Then remove. The flavor will be infused, and no little pieces.

    • Samantha
    • 5 stars

    This was such a yummy, well-balanced dressing. Everyone loved it, so it’s my new go-to for Balsamic Vinaigrette…thank you!

    • Noelle
    • 5 stars

    I just made this to put on a salad for lunch, it is so fresh! Love homemade salad dressings, always so much healthier 🙂

    • Jean K

    Thank you very much for the Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing recipe. Looking forward to making it soon.