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Our Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
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Our Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette
Homemade vinaigrette made in just a few minutes. See more
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Our Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

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"This vinaigrette does not separate for at least 30 minutes once you shake it! Simple, sweet, and savory."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a glass jar with a lid. Replace lid on the jar and shake vigorously until thoroughly combined.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 16, 2011

Hi! This is my recipe and I want to let you know that I only use a really good quality balsamic for this which tends to be sweet. If you do use a lesser quality vinegar you may need to add a little more honey. It still turns out great!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2013

This seems more like a honey mustard vinaigrette than a balsamic vinaigrette.

Jan 06, 2013

About 30 years ago, I was watching a cooking show where they were making salad dressing. They said that if you added mustard, it would act like a binder between the oil and vinegar. They said you could always use lemon juice, too. Since then, mustard is always added. It doesn't take much. I prefer my dressing more 1:1 ratio of oil and vinegar. Also, if you use garlic powder instead of fresh and leave out the shallot, you can leave the dressing out on the counter, so if you are using olive oil, you don't have to wait for it to "melt." I always have some made and ready on the counter, and it is wonderful.

Jul 11, 2011

Simple and delicious! Definitely use a good quality balsamic and you can't go wrong. This has a nice sweetness to it - perfect over mixed greens! Thanks for a great recipe MATTSBELLY!

Jan 21, 2012

I'm not typically a fan of balsamic vinegar, but I did like this dressing. Neither overly sweet nor overly tangy, tho' I did adjust the oil and vinegar to the 3:1 ratio I prefer.

Jul 07, 2011

This is incredible. I made this early this morning so it would have time to set before dinner. I did increase the garlic but that's really a matter of personal taste. I think this would be really good with some chopped fresh basil.

Jul 01, 2011

The first words out of my daughter’s mouth were “This is really great dressing, where did you get it?” When I told her I got it on AR, she immediately wanted the recipe. This dressing had the perfect combination of flavors for us. We loved it. If you don’t have a high quality balsamic vinegar, I recommend adding a little extra honey to compensate for it.

Jul 15, 2011

Excellent dressing! It went perfectly with some of my favorite salad ingredients: romaine, spinach, bleu cheese, sunflower nuts and craisins. I will be making this again!


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  • Calories
  • 133 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.2 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 13.5 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 38 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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