No need to run to the store — you can make this easy balsamic vinaigrette right at home! All you need is five simple ingredients and a whisk.
I think balsamic vinegar is such an amazing ingredient. The rich, complex flavor is a balance of sweet and sour and sometimes even has a slight smokiness to it. It’s a powerful addition to any recipe!
Which makes it perfect for a simple but delicious homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
In case you didn’t know, “vinaigrette” refers to a mixture of oil and something acidic. The base of this recipe is balsamic vinegar and olive oil, so there you go!
Just grab some garlic, mustard, salt and pepper, a bowl, and a whisk, and you have everything you need to make this easy recipe!
How to make balsamic vinaigrette
This versatile vinaigrette is so simple to make, it’s easier than running to the store to buy some… and in most cases, it will be better for you, too!
Step 1: Combine the balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Step 2: Whisk until well-combined.
Step 3: While continuing to whisk, add the olive oil in a steady stream.
Once everything is whisked together, you can serve immediately!
What to eat with this vinaigrette
Balsamic pairs very well with many foods.
It goes really well with berries, which is why I love using this vinaigrette to dress my spinach salad with dried cranberries and walnuts. The flavors come together so nicely!
It’s also fantastic with my gold beet and goat cheese salad. The pungent balsamic with the creamy goat cheese is truly wonderful.
This vinaigrette will liven up any salad. Or, you could use it to marinate your vegetables before throwing them on the grill for an extra pop of flavor!
This vinaigrette is ready to serve immediately. Any extra can be stored in the refrigerator in a jar with a screw top lid.
The ingredients will likely separate, so before serving, be sure to shake the jar vigorously!
Other easy vinaigrette recipes
The right dressing can take your salad from boring to vibrant and flavorful! But rather than trying to find healthy options at the store and dealing with unnecessary added sugars or fillers, why not just whip up these delicious condiments right at home?
When you’ve tried this vinaigrette, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- salt & pepper
- ½ cup olive oil (extra-virgin)
- Combine the balsamic vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Whisk until well-combined.
- While continuing to whisk, add the olive oil in a steady stream.