My healthy balsamic vinaigrette recipe will have you saying NO to the store-bought stuff. Adding fresh herbs like basil and thyme give this dressing a sweet and savory mouthfeel.
When whipping up my favorite apple-cranberry salad with candied walnuts this is my go-to salad dressing! This recipe is honestly better than any balsamic on the grocery store shelves.
Often times balsamic vinaigrette has honey or sugar added to balance out the acidity of the vinegar. We find this step is not necessary if you buy a good quality balsamic vinegar.
- balsamic vinegar - purchase a good quality vinegar that has a natural sweetness
- olive oil - use a light olive oil blend since extra virgin will turn into a solid under refrigeration
- garlic - only use fresh garlic
- dijon mustard - emulsifier to make the dressing thick and creamy
- salt + pepper
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make this healthy balsamic vinaigrette recipe
Making a balsamic vinaigrette is so easy, here's how to make it:
Step 1: In a tall and narrow glass jar, combine balsamic vinegar, mustard, garlic, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper. Blend with a handheld blender until smooth.
Oil - Neutral-tasting oils like light olive oil and grapeseed oil are the best.
Herbs - You don't have to put any herbs in this dressing, but it adds a nice sweet and savory flavor. Basil, thyme, and tarragon are all great options.
Vinegar - You can swap out balsamic for white balsamic vinegar.
How long will balsamic vinaigrette last
Homemade dressings don't last nearly as long as store-bought dressings. Store balsamic vinaigrette in a mason jar or an airtight container for 2 weeks. You will find yourself reaching for this dressing often. It will be gone in no time.
- Chop herbs by hand before adding them to the dressing. Dropping fresh basil in whole gums up the handheld blender.
- Use good quality balsamic vinegar. Low-quality versions leave you will an acidic tasting dressing. A good vinegar should have an enjoyable sweetness.
- When making this dressing by hand drizzle in the oil slowly. Whisking fast will keep your dressing from separating.
Frequently Asked Questions
This salad dressing is so legendary everyone should know it by heart. 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. Dijon mustard, garlic, and herbs are added to our recipe to make it delicious!
Dijon mustard works as an emulsifier. Vinegar and oil naturally don't want to go together. So adding a bit of mustard and blending on high speed will make this dressing creamy.
Yes, it has been proven to stabilize blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. Consume small amounts at a time since the olive oil makes it high in fat.
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Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
- In a wide-mouthed jar, combine balsamic vinegar, dijon, garlic, thyme, basil, salt, and pepper.
- Blend with a handheld immersion blender. Pour in olive oil. Slowly move the blender up and down until thick and creamy.
- Store in a mason jar or an airtight container. Keep refrigerated.