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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette is a classic and versatile salad dressing that enhances the flavors of fresh greens and vegetables. Made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced shallot, garlic, Dijon mustard, and honey, this vinaigrette is perfect for those looking to add a tangy, slightly sweet touch to their salads. It’s easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for convenience. Whether you’re dressing a simple green salad or a more complex medley of vegetables, balsamic vinaigrette is a go-to option.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing is a staple in my kitchen. It is so versatile and easy to make. I just keep a couple of mason jars in the fridge with a variety of homemade salad dressings in them so I have options when I need a quick lunch.

The combination of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is perfect because it creates a rich, tangy base without any actual cream or dairy products. Dijon mustard and honey add a perfect balance of spice and sweetness. This homemade dressing is healthier and tastes better than store-bought versions, too, because it’s free from preservatives and artificial additives.

This is the dressing featured on my Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad recipe!

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Versatile Flavor: Complements a wide variety of salads and vegetables.
  • Easy to Make: Simple ingredients and quick preparation.
  • Healthy: Made with wholesome, natural ingredients.
  • Customizable: Adjust the sweetness or tanginess to your preference.
  • Long-Lasting: Keeps well in the refrigerator, making meal prep easier.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Shallot (minced)
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey

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How to make Balsamic Vinaigrette

Wondering what you’re getting yourself into when you make this dish? Here’s a quick overview of the process! Make sure you follow the instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post while you’re cooking.

  1. Prepare Ingredients: Mince the shallot and garlic.
  2. Combine: Place all ingredients into a small blender cup or mixing bowl.
  3. Blend or Mix: Blend until emulsified or whisk together until well combined.
  4. Store: Transfer to a jar or bottle and refrigerate.
  5. Serve: Shake well before using and drizzle over your favorite salads.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette


How should I store balsamic vinaigrette?

Store the balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to two weeks.

How do I reheat or bring the vinaigrette to room temperature?

If the olive oil solidifies in the fridge, let the vinaigrette sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then shake well before using.

Can I prepare this dressing in advance?

Yes, balsamic vinaigrette can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

What variations can I make to this recipe?

You can add herbs like basil or oregano for additional flavor. For a different taste, try substituting maple syrup for honey or using a different type of mustard.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

This tangy, delicious, homemade balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for a marinade and a salad dressing! Buzz it up in your bullet blender or whisk by hand. Either way, this is an incredible dressing to keep in the fridge!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8



  • Place all the ingredients in a small blender cup, if blending. If not blending, place into a mixing bowl.
  • Blend or mix until emulsified.
  • Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.


Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0.1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.2mg
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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.