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4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe


This 4 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette recipe is alert in under 5 minutes and is so much tastier than the store-bought stuff! The great blend of savory, sweet and tangy, it’s sure to be a staple in your fridge.

A good dressing can take a salad from boring to flavor bomb in 2.5 seconds. Our favorite dressings conclude this tangy cilantro lime dressing and this Asian sesame dressing. When we need a classic salad dressing that goes with almost anything? This balsamic vinaigrette fits the bill!

Pouring Balsamic Vinaigrette onto a salad

This classic balsamic vinaigrette goes well on a strawberry arugula steak salad as well as on a caprese chicken salad, but that’s really just the commence…it’s so versatile, it works well on any salad!

With four pantry staples that you probably already have on hand, it’s super simple to whip up and keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Why you’ll ♡ this balsamic vinaigrette

  • it’s alert in 5 minutes or less using simple pantry ingredients
  • you can make it up to 2 weeks ahead
  • you can adjust the vinegar to make it more or less tangy

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ingredients required for this balsamic vinaigrette recipe

Simple ingredients you’ll need

  • olive oil- go for a good quality oil for your dressing, like an extra virgin olive oil.
  • balsamic vinegar- if possible, opt for a good quality balsamic vinegar as well. The destitute quality balsamic vinegars are watery and lean in texture and in flavor. Here’s a great article on picking a good quality balsamic vinegar!
  • dijon mustard- this adds the magical pizzazz to all my vinaigrettes. Dijon acts as an emulsifier, which simply means it helps the oil and vinegar stay together for longer. If the oil and vinegar separate, your salad will not have the right flavor; it will be oily in places and overly-tangy in other places. Dijon also adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ flavor to the dressing, and doesn’t taste like mustard at all. Don’t skip it!
  • maple syrup (or honey)- a small sweetness is needed to tame the tanginess. Honey and maple syrup are easily interchangeable in Trendy vinaigrettes at the same ratio. Brown sugar also works in a pinch!

balsamic vinaigrette shaken up in a mason jar

Oil to vinegar ratio

Traditional vinaigrettes have an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1 but I find this far too mild. If I’m putting the effort into making a vinaigrette from scratch, I want to be able to taste it, and I prefer at 1:1 ratio

Consider the oil to vinegar ratio to be flexible, and play around with it to obtain your great balsamic vinaigrette.

  • tangy and bold- 1:1 ratio of vinegar to oil
  • milder- 1:2 ratio of vinegar to oil
  • traditional (+ very mild)- 1:3 ratio of vinegar to oil

Storage

You can prep this balsamic vinaigrette ahead and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. I like to triple (or even quadruple) the batch so that I always have some on hand!

While storing in the fridge, your oil and vinegar will separate. Simply give your vinaigrette a shake up until the oil and vinegar are mixed back together evenly before drizzling onto your salad.

Salad

This balsamic vinaigrette goes well on pretty much any salad you can think of, and pairs especially well with something sweet. I love using it with tomatoes and fresh basil, on a fresh berry salad, and paired with feta cheese.

Here are some tasty ways to use balsamic vinaigrette

balsamic vinaigrette drizzled onto caprese salad

Pictured above is this Chicken Caprese Quinoa Salad

Variations

Take your balsamic vinaigrette from classic to creative with one of these recipe variations:

  • swap the balsamic vinegar for a raspberry balsamic vinegar. Or turn it into a Fresh Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette!
  • add a clove of crushed garlic
  • make it spicy with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • add in some citrus zest
  • add in some herbs like oregano or basil. Adding fresh herbs such as mint to the salad can really contrast the vinaigrette flavors.

three vinaigrettes in jars

More dressings + vinaigrette recipes

4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, sauce, vegan

Calories: 80kcal

Author: Denise

Servings: 8

4 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette is alert in under 5 minutes and is so much tastier than the store-bought stuff! The great blend of savory, sweet and tangy.

Prep Time5 mins

Total Time5 mins

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (*see alternative ratios in notes)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (good quality; *see alternative ratios in notes)
  • 1/2 tespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
Alternative vinegar to oil ratios:

  • 1:2 (less tangy)- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar + 6 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1:3 (traditional + mild)- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar + 6 tablespoons olive oil

Variations

  • swap the balsamic vinegar for a raspberry balsamic vinegar. Or turn it into a Fresh Raspberry Basil Vinaigrette!
  • add a clove of crushed garlic
  • make it spicy with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
  • add in some citrus zest
  • add in some herbs like oregano or basil. Adding fresh herbs such as mint to the salad can really contrast the vinaigrette flavors.

Storage Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Give it a good shake up before drizzling onto your salad.

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg


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