Balsamic vinaigrette is a great standard salad dressing. It’s prefect year round and goes with a wide range of salads. Anything from caprese salad to a pear and gorgonzola salad goes well with a good balsamic vinaigrette. This is a simple recipe and can be customized in a variety of ways. A fun twist I took with this dressing is using a flavored vinegar. Vinegars can come in a variety of flavors which allows you to play with your vinaigrettes for more unique mixes.
A great vinaigrette is a good way to eat more vegetables, so whip up this dressing and enjoy summer’s bountiful produce.
What is your favorite salad dressing?
Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Makes about 1 cup
Adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (try a flavored vinegar, like cranberry pear)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1-2 Tbsp honey (depending on how sweet you like your dressing)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Stream in the oil while whisking. (You can also make this entirely in a blender, which will help emulsify the dressing even more.) Store in a jar with a tight fitting lid and keep refrigerated. Shake as needed before serving.