creamy balsamic dressing recipe


garlic clove salt Dijon mustard honey (or maple syrup) balsamic vinegar water mayonnaise/ vegan mayo freshly ground pepper

about this recipe

gluten-free dairy-free vegan & vegetarian friendly

Incredibly simple to make, this creamy balsamic dressing recipe uses balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, garlic and honey (or maple syrup).  The best part is you just shake everything together in a mason jar! It's an easy healthy dressing that will liven up any dish



With the bottom of a glass jar or side of a knife, lightly crush the garlic clove.



To a 8-oz mason jar, add the crushed garlic clove, salt, mustard, and honey (or maple syrup), using a fork or small whisk to combine.



Add the balsamic vinegar and water, add the lid, and shake vigorously until the salt has dissolved and all the ingredients are combined.



Add the mayonnaise and pepper. Using a fork or small whisk, stir the mayo into the balsamic mixture.  Add the lid, and shake vigorously until the dressing has emulsified and there are no clumps of mayo. Taste and add additional salt or pepper if desired.



Remove the garlic clove, discard, or set aside for another use. Store, refrigerated, for up to 5 days. To use, allow to come to room temperature, and shake well to recombine.

For vegan, be sure to use maple syrup instead of honey and a vegan mayo. For egg-free, use egg-free mayo. For whole30, omit the honey or maple syrup.

simple ways to customize this recipe:

The taste and quality of mayonnaise will strongly impact the taste of the final dressing. Use a high-quality mayonnaise that you like the taste of (I like avocado oil mayo best!). For a mayo-free option, use full-fat Greek yogurt, heavy cream, or full-fat coconut milk.

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