Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is one of the best salad dressings you’ll make! It’s classic, tangy, and easy to make at home.

Balsamic vinaigrette recipe

There’s something special about this balsamic vinaigrette recipe. It’s creamy, tangy, a little bit sweet, and has that “something” that keeps you coming back. When we’re not sure what to drizzle on a salad, we make this. It’s fantastic on a classic strawberry salad or a simple green salad. It has one of the shortest ingredient lists of all our dressings, and comes together in less than 5 minutes. So why ever buy store bought dressing again?

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Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Why make salad dressing at home?

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is the perfect easy salad dressing for all sorts of salads, both sweet and savory. Homemade salad dressings are absolutely worth the effort, because they are:

  1. Incredibly delicious
  2. Skip preservatives or added ingredients
  3. Fast and easy to make!

How to make balsamic vinaigrette dressing

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is incredibly simple. The flavor is zesty and bright, tangy from the balsamic vinegar and balanced with a touch of maple syrup. Then of course it’s mixed together with extra virgin olive oil to form a creamy emulsion. We’ve also added a touch of Dijon mustard to give a little more zing; it also helps with the emulsion.

To make an emulsion for this balsamic vinaigrette recipe, you can simply whisk it by hand. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a medium sized bowl. In order to get the oil and vinegar to incorporate well, we use a medium-sized bowl to allow for enough movement of the whisk. (Trust us, we’ve done it in small bowls before and it’s almost impossible to get the oil and vinegar to meld.)
  • Add olive oil gradually. The other tip for reaching an emulsion is adding the olive oil little by little. We typically add it tablespoon by tablespoon and whisk in between until the oil fully incorporates.
  • Use mustard. Interestingly, the Dijon mustard also helps to form and lock in the emulsion. This technique works in a few other vinaigrette recipes, like our Classic Vinaigrette and Italian Dressing.
How to make balsamic vinaigrette recipe

How to serve this balsamic vinaigrette recipe

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is perfect on any type of salad that you throw together, especially salads with a sweet element like apples, berries, or sweet potatoes! Here are a few ideas of how to use it:

How would you serve this balsamic vinaigrette recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

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Balsamic vinaigrette recipe

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This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Balsamic vinaigrette recipe

*Best* Balsamic Vinaigrette


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 11 tablespoons 1x

Description

This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is one of the best salad dressings you’ll make! It’s classic, tangy, and easy to make at home.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and salt until fully combined.
  2. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, adding 1 tablespoon at a time and whisking until it incorporates, until an emulsion forms.* Serve immediately. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).

Notes

Taste, and if you prefer a sweeter balsamic vinaigrette, you can add up to 1 tablespoon additional maple syrup.

  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Balsamic vinaigrette recipe, Balsamic vinaigrette dressing, How to make balsamic vinaigrette, Homemade salad dressing recipes, Salad Dressing

Last updated: May 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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