How To – Make the Best and Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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how to – make the best easy balsamic vinaigrette dressing

  • Author: Vinessa Rae
  • Total Time: 44 minute
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Enhance your culinary repertoire with this mouthwatering Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe. This easy-to-make dressing combines the bold flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and garlic, perfectly balanced with the richness of extra-virgin olive oil. The optional touch of honey adds a delightful sweetness to tantalize your taste buds. Versatile and delectable, this vinaigrette complements salads, grilled vegetables, and doubles as a flavorful marinade for meats – like this grilled chicken! Elevate your dishes with this homemade classic balsamic vinaigrette, bringing a burst of tangy goodness to every meal. Discover the perfect blend of taste and convenience as you savor this dressing that will leave you craving more.


  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a small bowl combine the shallot, Dijon mustard, grated garlic, honey (if using). The honey is optional but adds a subtle sweetness that balances the tanginess of the vinegar.
  2. add in salt, pepper, oregano, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar
  3. Slowly drizzle the extra-virgin olive oil into the bowl or jar while whisking vigorously or tightly sealing the lid and shaking well. This emulsifies the dressing, creating a smooth and creamy consistency.
  4. Taste the dressing and adjust the ingredients as needed. You can add more vinegar for tanginess, more oil for a milder flavor, or more honey for extra sweetness.
  5. Once you’ve achieved the desired balance of flavors, your classic balsamic vinaigrette is ready.
  6. Use the dressing immediately to drizzle over your favorite salads, or store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before using it again, give the vinaigrette a good shake or whisk to recombine the ingredients.



  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: no cook
  • Category: dressing
  • Method: whisk
  • Cuisine: italian


  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp

Keywords: dressing, easing dressing, marinade, best marinade, whats for dinner, best easy dressing

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