Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing is a classic oil and vinegar dressing. It is tart, tangy, flavorful, and only takes a few minutes to make.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is a simple, classic dressing. It is comprised mainly of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with the addition of dijon mustard.
The mustard acts as a binder between the olive oil and vinegar, so your dressing will not separate immediately upon mixing. The dijon mustard also adds a hint of tangy flavor.
The best part about this recipe is that it's not fussy. You are welcome to eyeball your ingredients instead of pulling out the measuring cups. Yes, this recipe is very forgiving and easy.
How to make a vinaigrette
To make a vinaigrette, you will generally want two to three parts oil to one part vinegar. After that, add about 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard for every ½ cup of dressing you make.
Mason jar dressing
The best part about this dressing is that it can be made entirely in a single mason jar. Add your ingredients, seal tightly with a lid, and shake until your ingredients are incorporated.
Store your dressing in the mason jar in your refrigerator - no cleanup needed.
Can I sweeten my vinaigrette?
One of my favorite parts about balsamic vinaigrette is that this dressing is sugar free. However, if the dressing is a bit too tart for your liking, try adding up to a tablespoon of sugar or honey.
Customizing your vinaigrette
The best part about making a homemade vinaigrette is that you can add more or less of each ingredient as you see fit. Do a taste test and add more of your desired ingredient until it tastes good to you.
The recipe below is a great base to start with, but feel free to add more mustard, sweetener, or spices to your vinaigrette.
Make something new with your vinaigrette? Let us know in the comments below!
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a jar, add all ingredients.
- Secure lid and shake until all ingredients are fully combined. Alternatively, add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined.
- If your vinaigrette is too tart for your taste, add up to a tablespoon of honey or sugar.
- Your homemade vinaigrette dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month in a tightly sealed container.