Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Homemade Balsamic Dressing is quick and easy to make with a few tasty pantry staples! It’s healthy, dairy-free, and tastier than store bought salad dressing!

Homemade Balsamic Dressing with Garden Salad

Making your own balsamic dressing couldn’t be easier!

All you’ll need are a few pantry staples and you’ll be ready to make this delicious dressing at home!

I start with good quality oil (either olive oil or avocado oil work amazing here) and add a flavorful blend of balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper.

Shallots are another popular ingredient you can add if you’d like! I rarely have them handy these days so I make mine without.

I like mine with a kick of tartness from the vinegar (to make my salad pop!) but if you’d like it to taste a bit more like restaurant dressing, you can adjust the honey to reach your sweet spot.

Homemade Balsamic Dressing

What Salads Pair Well with Balsamic Dressing?

Balsamic dressing is fantastic on SO MANY different types of salads.

Our go-to is a classic garden salad with chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, carrots and croutons. You can also add pepperoncini peppers, cucumber, olives, and any other extras your heart desires.

It’s also fantastic over specialty salads and fantastic over salads featuring fresh fruit such as berries or orange segments. Here are a few to try:

I also have it on good authority that it’s amazing on a plain leafy green salad topped with marinated tomatoes. DELICIOUS!

Balsamic Dressing Salad

Easy Homemade Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Want more of this tasty dressing? Double, triple, or quadruple the dressing measurements as needed – it’ll keep several days in the fridge and tastes great with any salad you can dream up.

Store bought salad dressing just can’t compare!

Homemade Balsamic Dressing
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Easy Homemade Balsamic Dressing

Homemade Balsamic Dressing is quick and easy to make with a few tasty pantry staples!

Course Dressing
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Balsamic Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 68 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quality extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar plus extra to taste
  • 1-2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 2 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 2-3 tsp honey (or sweetener or choice if vegan)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled, smashed, and minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. For an emulsified dresing. Add ingredients to a small food processor or blendera and blend until smooth.

  2. Taste and feel free to adjust levels of balsamic and honey/sweetner to taste. I like mine with a kick of tartness from the vinegar (to make my salad pop!) but if you'd like it to taste a bit more like restaurant dressing, you can add a littlte extra oil and adjust the honey/sweetener to reach your sweet spot. The above measurements are my dream combo!

  3. Transfer to a lidded mason jar and pour over all your tasty salad creations!

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approx. 1 cup of dressing. Feel free to double or triple as desired! Only need a little? This dressing recipe is easily cut in half.

For 1/2 cup of dressing…

  • 1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2-3 TBSP balsamic vinegar plus extra to taste
  • 1 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey (or sweetener or choice if vegan)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled, smashed, and minced)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Dressing will thicken in the fridge over time. To thin, bring to room temp and shake well before serving or mix dressing with an additional drizzle of oil/vinegar/water to taste. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for each tablespoon of dressing using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Balsamic Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this homemade balsamic dressing recipe, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Ashley F

    5 stars
    We love it on our salads! It’s so easy but so tasty too!

  • Beth

    5 stars
    I love this dressing! I enjoy this dressing! I can’t wait to use it more! Thanks!

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