Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

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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

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

This simple balsamic vinaigrette can be made in minutes to spice up any salad or vegetable.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Calories 62kcal
Author Katie Wells


1 cup



  • Combine all ingredients in small jar, cap, and shake until mixed.


Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 TBSP)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.3g10%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Sodium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.9g1%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 1.8g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Not just for salad! Try drizzling this vinaigrette on top of roasted vegetables.

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What is your favorite type of salad dressing?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


5 responses to “Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe”

  1. Jeff Avatar

    made your dressing and loved it but when i refrigerated it came out clumpy the next use. was it supposed to be like that

  2. Daminica Avatar

    Love your site and just joined!
    Do I need to refrigerate the balsamic vinagarette or it’s ok left out for how many days/weeks?
    Thank you so much!!

  3. Tori Avatar

    My favorite dressing is 1000 Island. I usual make it myself with Just Mayo, ketchup, relish and a squirt of fresh lemon juice. =9

    Love your site! It’s loaded with valuable information. Thanks for taking the time to share. Have a blessed day!

  4. Melea Branch Avatar
    Melea Branch

    I have been using Annie’s Naturals Shitake Sesame Vinaigrette for years, and I’m just now realizing the ingredients contain soy, soy sauce, and canola oil. uh oh! Can’t use my fave dressing anymore! I’m going to try this recipe. I may add in some shitake mushrooms and sesame seeds.

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