CREAMY BALSAMIC DRESSING

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Everyone loves this easy creamy balsamic dressing! It’s herby, tangy and aromatic. This healthy balsamic vinaigrette comes together quickly. No mincing or blending required. Just add ingredients to a jar and shake!

PIN BALSAMIC DRESSING RECIPE!

Creamy balsamic dressing in a glass jar next to a strawberry salad.

Drizzle this fresh flavorful mixture over your favorite garden greens and pasta. Drizzle it over sliced tomatoes, or fresh fruit like watermelon, apples, pears, strawberries and peaches.

It’s the absolute best dressing for strawberry spinach salad. It’s tasty kick also pairs well with watermelon arugula salad that’s sprinkled with candied walnuts. So yummy. So delightful.

This easy salad dressing recipe also doubles as a delicious chicken marinade. Put pieces of chicken in a food container with lid. Pour marinade over the chicken. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Grill or broil the meat.

Because of its syrup-like consistency, this creamy balsamic dressing is also ideal as a balsamic glaze for steak, fish, and grilled veggies.

INGREDIENTS

DIY dressings are so much better than store-bought. There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in this homemade salad dressing.

It’s so satisfying to know that at the drop of a hat you can assemble a jar of this healthy balsamic dressing at home. And adjust it to your family’s tastes.

All you need are these common pantry staples.

  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Agave nectar
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cloves
  • Salt and Pepper
Ingredients for Creamy Balsamic Dressing from scratch.

EASY INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Missing an ingredient for this rich, creamy balsamic dressing? Don’t put on your shoes and rush to the store. Instead, head over to your fridge or pantry. Check for these easy ingredient swaps!

  • BALSAMIC VINEGAR: The best swap is a good-quality red wine vinegar. More options: white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinegar. In a pinch: sherry vinegar.
  • VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Use canola oil instead. A second option: safflower oil.
  • AGAVE NECTAR: Honey is the best ingredient swap! More options: maple syrup, brown sugar or granulated sugar.
  • LEMON JUICE: Use lime juice instead! A second option: orange juice.
  • DIJON MUSTARD: Use stone ground mustard or yellow mustard. Just keep in mind that stone-ground mustard is not as smooth as dijon mustard. It has little seeds that will float in the dressing.
  • HERBES DE PROVENCE: Substitute with 1/4 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried basil, and dried thyme.
  • GROUND CLOVES: This ingredient gives balsamic vinaigrette an earthy rustic flavor. The best substitutes for this ingredient: 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon. Or use a tiny pinch of each!
Jar of homemade balsamic dressing.

ABOUT CREAMY balsamic DRESSING

For restaurant-quality balsamic vinaigrette, it’s important to invest in a bottle of good-quality balsamic vinegar. It’s a bit more expensive than the average bottle, but so worth it. You’ll absolutely notice the difference!

The traditional ratio for French vinaigrettes is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. But this ratio is very flexible! In fact, this bold, creamy, lightly-sweet dressing calls for a bit more vinegar than the standard recipe.

Along with herbs de Province, dijon and agave, this recipe’s well-balanced mixture delivers a delightfully rustic complex flavor. This is a really good dressing! It has a bit of oomph and zing that you’ll really enjoy.

The awesome part about homemade recipes is that you’re in total control of the ingredients. You can easily customize this salad dressing to taste. For a richer vinaigrette with toned-down tart, just add more oil.

RECIPE STEPS

Here’s how to make creamy balsamic dressing in 5 minutes flat!

  • STEP 1: Head to your pantry. Pull out the recipe ingredients.
  • STEP 2: Pull out the following tools: small jar with tight-fitting lid, citrus press, small knife, measuring spoons and measuring cups.
  • STEP 3: Measure out each ingredient. Pour or sprinkle them into the jar. When adding the spices, rub them firmly between your fingers. Crushing dried spices helps release their flavors and aromas.
  • STEP 4: Firmly attach lid onto the jar. Shake jar vigorously until vinegar and oil emulsify. Taste the mixture. If needed, adjust salt, pepper, olive oil, herbs, and agave. For additional zing add more vinegar.
How to make balsamic vinaigrette from scratch in 4 easy steps as shown in this 4-image collage.

BEFORE SERVING: If time allows, refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld, the dried spices to soften, and the mixture to thicken. Shake the jar of salad dressing well to recombine the ingredients.

IF MIXTURE SOLIDIFIES: During refrigeration, it’s normal for cold vinaigrette to solidify. It’s the olive in the mixture. Let the dressing sit on the countertop for 5 to 10 minutes. Once it returns to room temperature, just shake it again.

RECIPE FAQ

These are the most frequently asked questions about homemade vinaigrette, and the best answers for each!

HOW TO STORE CREAMY BALSAMIC DRESSING?

Store it in the fridge. Keep it in a jar or cruet with a tight-fitting lid. It can stay fresh with great texture for up to 2 weeks.

HOW TO EMULSIFY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE?

To keep the oil and vinegar from separating, use common emulsifiers like dijon mustard, honey, mayonnaise, egg yolks, and tomato paste.

HOW TO RESTORE A BROKEN VINAIGRETTE?

Whisk in 1 teaspoon mayo for every 1/2 cup vinaigrette. It’ll bring your salad dressing back together and keep it from separating.

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPE ADD-INS?

Try minced shallots. Replace dried herbs and garlic powder with fresh chopped herbs and minced garlic. Give it heat with crushed red pepper flakes. Before drizzling on salads with fruit, add a pinch of cinnamon.

A salad dressing bottle with creamy balsamic dressing next to a bowl of strawberry salad.

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Friends say this creamy balsamic dressing is a restaurant-quality recipe. It rivals the best store brands, including Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. It’s a favorite at mealtimes, parties, potlucks and gatherings.

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Creamy balsamic dressing in a glass jar next to a strawberry salad.

CREAMY BALSAMIC DRESSING


  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup + 1x

Description

Assemble this delicious, creamy balsamic dressing in just 5 minutes! Drizzle vinaigrette over crisp garden salads, fresh tomatoes, and fruit: strawberries, watermelon, pears, apples and peaches! It’s also a flavorful chicken marinade.


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey)
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence*
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

*NO HERBES DE PROVENCE? Use 1/4 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme.


Instructions

Head to your pantry. Pull out the recipe ingredients and the following kitchen tools: small jar with tight-fitting lid, citrus press, small knife, measuring spoons and measuring cups.

Measure out each ingredient. Pour or sprinkle them into the jar. When adding the spices, rub them firmly between your fingers. Crushing dried spices helps release their flavors and aromas. 

Firmly attach the lid of the jar. Shake jar vigorously until vinegar and oil have emulsified. Taste the mixture. If needed, adjust salt and pepper, olive oil, herbs, and agave. For additional zing add more vinegar. 

BEFORE SERVING: If time allows, refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld, the dried spices to soften, and the mixture to thicken. Shake the jar of salad dressing well to recombine the ingredients.

Notes

IF MIXTURE SOLIDIFIES: During refrigeration, it’s normal for cold vinaigrette to solidify. It’s the olive in the mixture. Let the dressing sit on the countertop for 5 to 10 minutes. Once it returns to room temperature, just shake it again.

HOW TO STORE THIS HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSING: Store it in the fridge. Keep it in a jar or cruet with a tight-fitting lid. It can stay fresh with great texture for up to 2 weeks.

  • Category: Dressings, Condiments
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: Creamy Balsamic Dressing, Easy Salad Dressing Recipe, Balsamic Dressing Recipe

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Do you enjoy pairing crisp garden salads and fresh sliced fruits with delicious homemade dressings? What will you serve with this creamy balsamic vinaigrette? Share your thoughts in the comments!

6 thoughts on “CREAMY BALSAMIC DRESSING”

  1. This dressing is very similar to my mother’s in law, which I love. I’ve never asked her for the recipe and now, I have one. Thanks for this delicious dressing.

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  2. This recipe is so simple yet it has so much flavor! This creamy balsamic dressing is 100% better than the bottled dressings I’ve been buying at the market. I’ve already shared this recipe with a friend!

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  3. This balsamic dressing sounds so tasty and easy! I’m so excited to give this a try for our salad tomorrow night!

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  4. This balsamic dressing recipe is different from what I usually do and I really like it! It’s so flavorful. I look forward to pairing it with several crisp summer salads.

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