Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This homemade balsamic vinaigrette will eliminate the need to ever buy salad dressing again!

Homemade dressings are so easy to make and taste better than store bought.  This Balsamic Vinaigrette has an amazing flavor.  Make your own Cobb Salad dressing with this easy recipe and this Creamy Tomatillo Dressing is a family favorite.

balsamic dressing in a canning jar

What is a Vinaigrette?

Vinaigrette is a combination of oil and something acidic such as vinegar or lemon juice, this recipe uses balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.  You can add salt, herbs or spices to it.  It is generally used as a salad dressing but can also be used as a marinade for meats.

For years I bought my salad dressing but once I started making homemade balsamic dressing I rarely buy it anymore!

Today’s recipe is one of those basic recipes that everyone should have.  It can be a starting point, a recipe to be played with and tweaked or used just the way it is!  It only takes a few minutes to mix up and is so much better than store bought and cheaper too!

jar of balsamic vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • Dijon Mustard
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil

collage of vinaigrette ingredients

How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Combine all your ingredients into a container or jar.  I start with my olive oil and then add in all remaining ingredients, it doesn’t matter what order they are added.
  • Stir all ingredients together to combine.  Dressing will separate as it sits and needs to be stirred or shaken before using.

stirring vinaigrette in a jarOptional Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • Sugar can be used instead of honey
  • Use a flavored vinegar such as raspberry or red wine or just use plain old white vinegar instead of balsamic.
  • Try spicy mustard instead of Dijon
  • Leave the garlic out or use garlic powder.
  • Add some dried onion, some Italian seasoning or any other herbs you like.
  • And yes, I only use fresh lemon juice.  Fresh lemons are part of my regular shopping list.

Just play with different combinations, using what’s in your pantry and see what you like best.

pouring vinaigrette over salad

We like to use the dressing on a combination of spinach and fresh spring greens.  I usually throw a handful of toasted almonds and craisinets on top too.  If I am feeling energetic I will even slice up an apple or pear!

How Long Does Balsamic Vinaigrette Last?

Stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, it will last about two weeks.

pouring dressing on salad

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe


Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is my go to salad dressing. I always keep a bottle in the fridge and you will want to as well!
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword balsamic vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 115kcal


  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Mix all ingredients until combined.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

Originally posted February 24, 2009

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jar of balsamic vinaigrette

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