Balsamic Vinaigrette is a light, tangy vinaigrette that is perfect on salads and as a chicken marinade.
You can make this homemade vinaigrette in just a few minutes by whisking together or shaking a blend of herbs, spices, oil and vinegar.
A delicious and easy homemade salad dressing recipe that is better than store-bought? Balsamic Vinaigrette is made with just a few simple ingredients.
It’s perfect for drizzling over fresh greens, pasta salads, and so much more!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Olive Oil – Use a high quality olive oil like extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
- Balsamic Vinegar – Authentic, traditional aged balsamic vinegar is made from grapes grown in Italy that have been fermenting for at least 12 years!
- Dijon Mustard – A little Dijon adds a lot of flavor and helps bind the ingredients together. Mustard seeds give it a little added texture.
- Shallot – Shallots are similar to onion but pack even more amazing flavor.
- Garlic – Minced garlic or fresh whole cloves, minced. Learn How to Mince Garlic here.
- Salt and Pepper – Fresh cracked salt and pepper, to taste.
- Prep – Slice shallots. Combine ingredients in a shakeable jar or food processor.
- Serve – Refrigerate for 30+ minutes to allow ingredients to marinate. Give it a good shake when you’re ready to serve!
- To make this balsamic vinaigrette recipe creamy, blend mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt into your dressing. You’ll need to match the amounts of the oil or vinegar – so try starting with 1/4 cup of yogurt or mayonnaise and add more as needed.
- Oil and vinegar may separate during storage. Shake to mix before serving.
- You can either shake the ingredients together in a mason jar or whisk them together in a small bowl.
- Cheeses – Pair with blue cheese, parmesan, and or sharp cheddar.
- Fruits – Pair with apples, pears, peaches, and grapes as well.
- Greens – Any leafy greens, including spinach, lettuce, and kale.
- As a Marinade – This balsamic vinaigrette also makes an excellent marinade for grilled or baked chicken breast.
How to Store
- Room Temperature – Keep at room temperature up to two hours.
- Refrigerate – This healthy balsamic vinaigrette recipe lasts up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! If you use a lot of dressing throughout the week or have a larger family, making a large batch is a great idea!
Aged is preferred as it adds a depth of flavor, but just use whatever you have on hand!
Yes! If you prefer a more balanced flavor, you can add more oil. If you prefer more tang, add more vinegar. You can also add an extra touch of Dijon mustard for even more tang!
Fresh is always preferred, but you can use garlic powder if you don’t have any fresh garlic. You can also use garlic that comes in a glass jar!
Absolutely! This homemade balsamic dressing recipe is completely customizable to your personal preference. Some examples of fresh herbs you can add are parsley, oregano, or rosemary!
If you don’t have Dijon mustard, you can use dry mustard powder, yellow mustard, or spicy brown mustard! The mustard acts as a binding agent to bring the oil and vinegar together and add a little kick, so just use whatever you have!
- In a jar or food processor, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, chopped shallot, minced garlic, salt and ppper.
- Shake or process until well combined. Toss with fresh greens or use as a marinade.
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.