Salad dressings are a great thing to start making yourself. Not only will you save money, but the flavor is so much better with fresh ingredients, and you can avoid vegetable oils and additives.
This balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite homemade salad dressings and it is incredibly easy to make at home.
Balsamic vinegar was an acquired taste for me and a love story. I didn’t like it at all when I was younger, and now it is one of my favorite foods. It also has an incredibly unique history.
True balsamic vinegar is aged for at least 12 years. It is made from unfermented cooked grape must, a thick reduction of white grape juice. It is aged in up to five different types of barrels, many of which are older than half a century themselves. It can only be produced in the Modena and Reggio regions of Italy.
Balsamic vinegar that is made following these strict guidelines can obtain the label of “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale” in Italy and is considered a prize vinegar.
Most balsamic vinegar on store shelves is made with a similar process, but aged for a shorter time. They also are made with a grape juice reduction, but is only aged for at least 3 years. This type of balsamic vinegar is easier to find in most places.
Some products labeled as “balsamic vinegar” in stores are really just cider vinegar or other inexpensive vinegars that have been colored to look like real balsamic vinegar. Check labels and look for a higher quality brand to avoid these, as some can contain artificial colors and flavors.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
Yield 1 cup
This simple balsamic vinaigrette can be made in minutes to spice up any salad or vegetable.
- Combine all ingredients in small jar, cap, and shake until mixed.
Not just for salad! Try drizzling this vinaigrette on top of roasted vegetables.
Serving Size 1 TBSP
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Sodium 19 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 1.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
What is your favorite type of salad dressing?