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Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This simple balsamic vinaigrette is easy and quick to make at home, and brings a terrific flavor lift to any dish! The secret behind this DIY balsamic dressing is in the ingredient ratios. It’s not just the combination of ingredients that matter, how much of each you use is key! 
Course Dressings & Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword balsamic, dressing, marinade, sauce, vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6 tbsp
Calories 122



  • 1 small garlic clove peeled
  • ¼-½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • 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, add the lid, and shake vigorously until the salt has dissolved and all the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the olive oil and pepper, add the lid, and shake vigorously until the vinaigrette has emulsified. Taste and add additional salt or pepper if desired.
  • Remove the garlic clove and discard, or set aside for another use. Alternatively, keep the garlic clove in the jar to infuse the dressing with a stronger garlic flavor.
  • Store, refrigerated, for up to 5 days. To use, allow to come to room temperature, and shake well to recombine.


This recipe makes about 6 tablespoons (or 1/3 cup) of dressing which will serve 6 if you use 1 tablespoon per serving.
For a stronger garlic flavor, grate or finely mince the garlic and add in step 2.
Use maple syrup for a vegan option.
Omit honey or maple syrup for a Whole30 option.


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg