Homemade salad dressing is 100 times better than store-bought salad dressing, and cheaper too! With all the flavor, why not make your own? Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to make this sweet balsamic dressing. It's the perfect balance for your salad and will quickly become your favorite vinaigrette!
Whether you're making a great Steakhouse Salad or a pasta salad homemade salad dressing from scratch makes all the difference in flavor and taste!
Why you'll love this recipe
Have you ever made your own salad dressing? I admit it; sometimes I cheat and use store-bought. But why??? This sweet balsamic vinaigrette recipe is so good!
✔️ It's fresh.
✔️ It's easy to make and uses real ingredients.
✔️ It tastes a ton better than store-bought.
- Balsamic Vinegar - pro tip! Buy good quality vinegar. They range in price from a few bucks to over a hundred dollars - eek! The moral of the story? Buy the best you can afford without breaking the budget!
- Olive Oil - good olive makes all the difference. Extra-virgin olive oil is my first choice and they vary in flavor from fruity to peppery - choose the flavor you enjoy.
- Soy Sauce - I often choose soy sauce over salt because I like its depth of extra flavor.
- Dijon Mustard - I use Grey Poupon often or grainy mustard. Again, just make sure you like the flavor before adding it to your dressing. Most people consider this ingredient optional in balsamic vinaigrette, but I always add it as it enhances the flavor and helps the emulsion process.
- Sweeten with a little brown sugar, touch of honey, agave, maple syrup or white s
ugar. You won't need much-added sugar, just a little sweetness.
- Black Pepper - love that peppery bite!
Easy enough, right? In fact, you'll probably have all of these ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry!
This is an overview of the instructions for this easy recipe. For the complete directions, just scroll down to the bottom!
- Add all of the ingredients to a resealable or mason jar.
- Seal well with a tight-fitting lid.
- Shake vigorously.
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- Pyrex 4-Piece Glass Measuring Cups
- Squeezable Vinaigrette Bottle
- Measuring Spoons - I love the shape of these because they fit into spice jars
There are several uses for good balsamic vinegar! In addition to your favorite salad dressing, it's perfect
Yes, refrigerate leftover salad dressing.
Yes, but it has a long shelf life, it can also up to five years.
It can make your throat raw if you drink it straight, but hey...we're not talking about doing that!
Refrigerate - Store leftovers in an airtight container. This Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe will last up to 5 days refrigerated.
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- Antipasto Pasta Salad - even with this rich salad, the flavors of the dressing go perfectly.
- Tomato Salad - it's perfect with the balsamic dressing recipe.
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Sweet Balsamic Dressing
- 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup olive oil
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- Add all of the ingredients to a screw top jar - give it a good shake.
- If a jar isn't available, pour ingredients into a small bowl, whisk to combine .