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Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette

Balsamic vinaigrette is a classic, versatile dressing. A variety of savory seasonings gives this recipe a tangy kick. It's the perfect complement to a bed of fresh greens. —Edgar Wright, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil

Directions

  • In a blender, combine the first 10 ingredients; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add the oil in a steady stream. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Tips

Is balsamic vinaigrette healthy?

Vinaigrette contains smaller amounts of sugar and saturated fats, making it healthier for you than creamier salad dressings. Plus, balsamic vinegar has been proven to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, support weight loss, aid in digestion and improve your complexion. (Here are a few other ways to incorporate balsamic vinegar into your diet.)

How do I store balsamic vinaigrette?

We recommend storing vinaigrettes in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If the vinaigrette separates during storage, give the covered jar a gentle shake before using.

Can I use a different oil in this recipe?

You can substitute canola oil with olive oil, which is lower in saturated fat and adds a bit more depth of flavor.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use dried herbs instead of fresh! When substituting, note that dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs, so you’ll want to use 1/3 of the amount called for in the recipe. For example, in this recipe, you would use ½ teaspoon dried dill, oregano and thyme instead of the 1½ teaspoons fresh herbs. Find other ways to customize your dressing in our vinaigrette how-to guide.

How can I use balsamic vinaigrette?

Enjoy balsamic vinaigrette with a variety of leafy and protein-based salads, including balsamic asiago salad, pear and blue cheese salad and salmon spinach salad. Or use balsamic vinaigrette to switch up a green bean salad or cucumber salad.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 199 calories, 19g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • PageRD
    Oct 20, 2018

    This recipe was very flavorful but I would not consider it a vinaigrette. It is very thick, not the consistency I would expect. It was very sweet.