Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Bright. Vibrant. Healthy. And bursting with flavor. That’s what this vinaigrette is all about.

We love making dressing from scratch. One, because in most cases, like this one for sure, they are so easy to make! And the difference between the store-bought bottled variety and homemade is night and day. You’d probably also like our homemade Italian Dressing, Ranch, and Caesar Dressing, too!

A Mason jar filled with homemade balsamic vinaigrette next to a wooden salad bowl filled with salad.


You just can’t believe how easy it is to make this classic salad dressing at home.

We can’t emphasize enough going with quality ingredients here. And a good whisk.


Balsamic vinegar is obviously the star of this vinaigrette. We think it’s worth it to go with top-notch balsamic. They have plenty of good ones to choose from nowadays in most well-stock supermarkets.

Here’s all you need to make this delicious balsamic vinaigrette:

  • Dijon mustard
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Granulated sugar, or honey
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Various containers of vinegar, oil, mustard, and a pepper grinder on a white board.

Once you’ve whisked together the mustard, balsamic and red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, it’s time to whisk in the oil

Pour the oil in a slow steady stream and whisk continuously.

A whisk in a bowl of balsamic vinegar and other ingredients with oil being poured in.


At this point, we like to chill the vinaigrette to allow the flavors to continue to meld.  This also allows it to slightly thicken in texture.

However, the dressing is perfectly fine to use immediately, too, if desired.

EXPERT TIP: At this point, the vinaigrette should be well blended. To truly emulsify the dressing, transfer the dressing to a jar with tight-fitting lit and then shake vigorously. This causes the oil to completely blend with the other ingredients. You may notice once this is done, the dressing becomes lighter in color. This is normal and produces an almost creamy balsamic vinaigrette.

A hand holding a jar filled with homemade balsamic vinegar.

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette comes together in a matter of minutes and is just so delicious.

It brightens a green salad to levels you just have to taste to believe.

And the dressing keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks so it can easily be made in advance of serving!

A hand pouring homemade balsamic vinaigrette from a jar onto a bowl filled with a green leaf salad.

Ready to make one of the best salad dressings in the world? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

A Mason jar filled with homemade balsamic vinaigrette next to a wooden salad bowl filled with salad.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette could not be easier to make at home and the difference in taste between the store-bought variety and this version is night and day. And it comes together in a matter of minutes!
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Course: Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Balsamic, Creamy balsamic vinaigrette, easy salad dressing recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 100kcal


  • Whisk, bowl, and jar with a tight-fitting lid


  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sugar or honey
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • In a small to a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mustard, balsamic and red wine vinegars, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • In a slow, steady stream, add the oil into the bowl, whisking continuously.
  • Transfer to a jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Chill for up to 24 hours. To completely emulsify, shake vigorously before serving.



We recommend using a quality balsamic, one that has preferably originated in Italy and is nicely aged.  You can typically find a nice a selection today in the vinegar section of most well-stocked supermarkets, or definitely at gourmet food markets.
To fully emulsify the vinaigrette, we add the dressing to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake it vigorously for a couple of minutes.  This gives the vinaigrette a creamy texture.
The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up 1 to 2 weeks.  You can freeze the dressing, but we think it's best when served fresh. 


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in February 2014, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with tips, new photography, and a fabulous new video!


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