Balsamic Vinaigrette – Spend With Pennies

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This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is perfectly balanced and has a million applications!

With its rich and tangy flavor, it will be your go-to dip, sauce, and dressing all year long!

Simple to make and ready in minutes, this recipe is a winner!

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An Easy Dressing or Marinade

  • This is an balsamic dressing with tangy homemade flavor.
  • Five ingredients and five minutes are all you need.
  • This recipe has no additives or preservatives like commercial brands and is so easy to make!

Ingredients for Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

‘Foundation’ dressings require an acid, a fat, and an emulsifier to keep them from separating. Vinegar, oil, mustard, and honey are good basics for any vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vinegar – Most commonly used, balsamic vinegar has a bold tangy flavor and white or dark balsamic will work in this recipe.

Oil – Use a neutral oil like vegetable oil, canola, or regular/light olive oil (Extra Virgin might be too strong in flavor for this dressing.

Sweetener – Honey or maple syrup sweeten this dressing but they also help keep it from separating.

Seasonings – Dijon mustard adds great flavor and it also is an emulsifier (keeps the dressing together). Stone ground also work and feel free to mix in some Italian herbs, or a dash of soy sauce for a more umami flavor.

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How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Mince the garlic according to the recipe below.
  2. Add all ingredients to a jar.
  3. Shake until the ingredients are combined.
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Ways to Use Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic adds next-level umami flavor to so many foods, it’s a must-have in the kitchen!


Store the prepared dressing in the fridge. Balsamic vinaigrette with fresh garlic should be consumed within 2 to 3 days. Switch out the fresh garlic for garlic powder and the dressing will last up to a week in the refrigerator, however.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing is so quick to put together, you’ll never need the bottled kind again!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Chill Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

  • Combine all ingredients in a small jar with a tight fitting lid.

  • Shake well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Can substitute garlic for 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if preferred.
Serve over salad greens, steamed vegetables, pasta, or use as a dipping sauce for bread or a marinade for meat!
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing should be refrigerated immediately and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days (if using fresh garlic). 

Calories: 135 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dressing, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
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