Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tested & Perfected Recipes

balsamic vinaigrette

Tangy and a touch sweet, this is a great all-purpose balsamic vinaigrette. The secret is a spoonful of Dijon mustard, which acts as an emulsifier and makes the dressing nice and thick. If possible, use the same brand of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that I use, as different brands will yield an entirely different tasting vinaigrette — not necessarily bad, just different 🙂 I’m using the best of the supermarket brands, which is Lucini.

ingredients

To make it, all you do is combine all of the ingredients in a jar.

before

And shake vigorously to blend.

after

That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

Balsamic-Vinaigrette-1

My Recipe Videos

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Servings: about 3/4 cup or enough for 4-6 small salads (2-3 tablespoons of dressing per serving)
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot, from 1 small shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a jar and cover tightly with a lid. Shake vigorously to blend. The dressing will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.

Nutrition Information

Powered by Edamam

  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 174
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Sodium: 193mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Reviews & Comments

  • Delicious! I made a chicken salad and this dressing turned the salad into a delicious meal.

    • — Thuy on October 4, 2018
    • Reply
  • Could you substitute red wine vinegar for the balsamic?

    • — Janet on July 17, 2018
    • Reply
    • Sure, but you may need to add a pinch or two of sugar to taste.

      • — Jenn on July 18, 2018
      • Reply
  • Absolutely delicious. I am so glad that I finally have a great classic balsamic dressing.

    • — Laura Kargov on March 10, 2018
    • Reply
  • Lovely – perfect for a simple lettuce salad.

    • — Ty on February 11, 2018
    • Reply
  • Another great recipe. We absolutely love this dressing. Great taste, not too tangy & not too sweet. We topped our salad with goat cheese which was great with this dressing. Thanks once again Jenn. ?

    • — Dana on June 27, 2017
    • Reply
  • This is so easy to make and far better than store bought balsamic vinaigrette dressings. It’s become our “house” dressing, but I either omit the sugar or substitute maple syrup or a bit of fresh squeezed lemon or orange for sugar.

    • — deb on December 1, 2016
    • Reply
  • This is one of my favorite go to for whenever I need to make dressing in a snap! I pretty much always have these items in my pantry so it’s very quick and easy to whip up! Sometimes, if I have lemons on hand, I add a squeeze of lemon juice just to brighten up the flavor profile. Funny, but I even have the same Bonne Mamman jar that I throw the ingredients into to shake it up. lol

    • — L. Hong on December 1, 2016
    • Reply
  • This is my new go-to recipe for Balsamic Vinaigrette!

    • — adele on October 6, 2016
    • Reply
  • I thought this recipe was absolutely horrible. Threw it down the drain. The ratio for olive oil and dijon mustard is way off. Calls for too much olive oil. Sorry- will keep looking for a different recipe.

    • — CAL on September 12, 2016
    • Reply
  • Doubled the recipe and prepared on the lowest setting of my vita mixer. The dressing holds together well and is possibly the best salad dressing I’ve ever made! My guests loved it! But what can I say, I’ve never found a bad recipe on this website.

    • — Julie on March 28, 2016
    • Reply
  • Two questions:
    1. Is this a dressing I can use for a mesclun salad with strawberries and mango?

    2. Can I substitute red onion for shallots in a pinch?

    • — Gay Lee Freedman on December 4, 2015
    • Reply
    • Hi Gay, I think the dressing would compliment that salad beautifully and yes, you could get away with using red onion instead of shallots.

      • — Jenn on December 4, 2015
      • Reply
  • This dressing is just fantastic. We like to serve it on a salad of gently tossed baby greens and sliced Persian cucumbers. I love the unique flavor profile that the shallots bring to this dressing. Delicious!

    • — Liesel on August 27, 2015
    • Reply
  • This is my go-to balsamic recipe. I would change nothing. To me, it’s all about the Dijon mustard and shallots that make this recipe perfect on every salad in every season.

    • — Brandy on August 26, 2015
    • Reply
  • This came out fantastic. I make a large jar of this and keep it in my fridge to use through out the week.

    • — Anna N. on May 13, 2015
    • Reply
  • I made this vinaigrette last night and paired it with a salmon recipe of mine that also has a mustard marinade. Even the guys, who typically want ranch dressing, asked for the balsamic vinaigrette. The guys LOVED it and my girlfriend asked me to take her plate away before she licked the remaining dressing off the plate! A real winner! Thanks.

    • — Cathy Long on May 12, 2015
    • Reply
  • Duh! Why didn’t I ever think to save a little jar to “shake” not “stir”? I’m trying to eat healthier and lost a little weight. I love salads, but so many store bought dressings have ingredients that I don’t want. This is great!

    • — Robin W on May 9, 2015
    • Reply
  • Great recipe! Perfect for my strawberry spinach salad with goat cheese! will make this one again!

    • — Kim on May 7, 2015
    • Reply
  • Absolute balsamic bliss! I made this for my balsamic loving family and there were no left-overs. I will be using this recipe often!

    • — Hilary on March 31, 2015
    • Reply
  • Your recipes never fail to please! Thank you for yet another winner, I would be lost without your site!

    • — Caroline Ng on March 29, 2015
    • Reply
  • You did it again! Amazing zip on this dressing. My husband has asked me three times, “What is this again?” Followed by “I love it.”

  • I love Balsamic Vinegar so had to try this. I was amazed at how thick it was and my 18 year old daughter just loved the dressing and asked for seconds. It’s a keeper for us.

    • — Cheryl Keeney on March 26, 2015
    • Reply
  • I make this vinaigrette all the time – it’s the little black dress of the kitchen. I add a touch of honey as well. I cube some feta cheese and drizzle this dressing over it – always the first appetizer to go!! Fantastic easy dressing to keep on hand.

    • — Tamera on March 26, 2015
    • Reply

Add a Review or Question

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.