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balsamic vinaigrette in a small glass jar

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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A drizzle of this homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch for almost every salad, sweet or savory. It’s light and full of flavor with just a hint of sweetness! Keep a jar of this delicious dressing in your fridge and you’ll be craving fresh, tasty salads everyday.
Course condiment, Dressing, vinaigrette
Cuisine American
Keyword balsamic dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Calories 141
Author Kim


  • 1/2 cup olive or avocado oil
  • 1/4 balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup* (or 1-2 tablespoons if you want it less sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard or regular mustard works
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning**
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon minced fresh shallots or 1 minced garlic clove


  • Whisk together the oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, Italian seasoning, salt and optional add-ins (if using) in a small bowl until evenly combined. Or vigorously shake the ingredients together in a mason jar or dressing bottle until evenly combined.
  • Taste and adjust, as preferred.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to about 3 weeks.


*Can sub with honey.
**Can sub with dried thyme or oregano.
For creamy balsamic vinaigrette: Replace half of the olive oil (1/4 cup) with 1/4 cup mayo or Greek yogurt or a combination of the two.
For marinade: Add the vinaigrette to a large resealable bag or large dish with about 1 pound of chicken. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cooking the chicken.
Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg