Hiya friends! Today I’m sharing a very easy salad dressing recipe for balsamic vinaigrette. This balsamic vinaigrette recipe is lightly sweet and refreshing, pleasantly tart, smooth and velvety. I love pouring this vinaigrette over salad greens like my Strawberry Spinach Salad. Perfect for the summertime!
I always make my own salad dressings because they are so easy to toss together, and the taste is premium. And making your own balsamic vinaigrette is exceptionally easy. Plus it’s so much tastier than store-bought versions. In addition, you know exactly what’s gone into it. No additives, refined sugars, strange ingredients or stabilizers.
This recipe requires just 6 ingredients, and likely you already have them in your pantry. Whip together in 2 minutes for a lush and vibrant salad.
So, let me tell you exactly how to make this vinaigrette so that you can get drizzling pronto.
Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
For this recipe you will need:
- balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- dijon mustard
- maple syrup
- sea salt
As you can see, the ingredients for this recipe are so simple and straight forward. Likely you already have them in your pantry. Which means there are no excuses NOT to make healthy balsamic vinaigrette yourself! Anyone can do it, which is why I have given it my newbie cook stamp of approval.
And I promise you, the ease to which this recipe comes together, in relation to taste, will have you wondering why you ever bought store-bought balsamic vinaigrette. I’ve no doubt this recipe will become a household staple.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe: Tips & Notes
I’ve already spoken to just how easy this recipe is to make. But a few small tips might help to convince you just how easy it is. In addition, it might help to answer your questions regarding proper storing/keeping.
And of course, feel free to ask any additional question in the comments section at the end of this post! I’m always happy to read them and answer any questions you might still have.
Now, there is a lot of debate as to whether balsamic vinaigrette is “healthy,” and I thought it worth addressing. I’m not a nutritionist, but I do lead a healthy lifestyle and I’ve never understood the dilemma about balsamic vinaigrette.
Balsamic vinegar has very little natural sugar. And if you ask me, when comparing balsamic vinaigrette to creamier dressings like ranch or caesar (especially traditional non-vegan ones), it’s a no brainer that balsamic is a healthy choice. Here is a great article from Healthline which speaks to this debate with good takeaways.
How do you make balsamic vinaigrette from scratch?
Making balsamic vinaigrette from scratch is so quick and easy! Simply combine the ingredients (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, maple syrup, garlic and sea salt) into a jar (or small bowl) and shake or whisk until combined. Voila, you have a rich and flavourful balsamic vinaigrette dressing to drizzle over salads and your favourite veg.
How long does balsamic vinaigrette keep?
This balsamic vinaigrette will keep in your fridge for one week. Keep in a sealed jar or an air tight container.
Keep in mind, that olive oil is a liquid at room temperate, but a solid when chilled. So, if your vinaigrette separates in the fridge that’s totally normal. It doesn’t mean that it’s expired.
My recommendation is to bring back to room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving. (I’ll put it on my counter as I’m preparing dinner). Whisk again (or shake if in a jar) to recombine before use.
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So there we have it! A very simple and healthy balsamic vinaigrette recipe that you can enjoy on your favourite summer salads. It’s lightly sweet and refreshing, pleasantly tart, smooth and velvety.
It’s easy to toss together, and the taste is premium. And when you make your own salad dressing you know exactly what’s gone into it. No additives, refined sugars, curious ingredients or stabilizers.
And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Prepare balsamic vinaigrette in a jar by combining balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, maple syrup, chopped garlic and sea salt. Cover with lid and shake well to combine.
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