Balsamic Vinaigrette


Salad is my life.  For lunch most everyday of my adult life I have eaten a salad along with some protein whether it might be grilled chicken or a hard-cooked egg. I just love them!   Salads are the perfect way to include all the servings of vegetables and fruit that are needed daily. Don’t get me wrong that’s not the only reason I love them.  There’s just so many ways to make salad.  You can never get tired of them.   The downside to salads for some people is the addition of too much dressing turning a very healthy choice into a heart attack.  I made this Balsamic Vinaigrette for my students.  They loved it!

They were amazed that salad dressings are so easy to make and taste much better than bottled ones.  So in less than 5 minutes you too can put this on your next salad.  I mixed the dressing in a small jar and shook to mix, but whisking in a bowl will be perfect also.  Two tablespoon of dressing is considered a serving so this will be enough for about 10 salads.  To serve my class I used about 15 cups of salad greens  and the entire jar of dressing.    Enjoy! 


Balsamic Vinaigrette yield 2/3 cup

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl or shake together in a small jar.  Cover and store in the refrigerator.

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49 responses to “Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Mom

    This will be my new dressing as well. Than k you!

  2. Amy

    Oh yes, once you make a homemade dressing, it’s so hard to go back to store bought! We make our own too. I have a balsamic that’s just slightly more complicated than yours — has crushed fennel and Parmesan cheese. I once had some goat cheese, pecans, and cranberries on my salad and have been eating/serving it that way ever since. SO good!

  3. Cierra Portis

    Homemade dressing taste better than store bought.

  4. Alex

    i love this berry balsamic dressing! It’s even better homemade!

  5. the dressing is cheap to make and is also good with salad

  6. Rebecca McConnell

    This is so much easier then going to the store to buy salad dressing, only a few simple ingredients and it taste more fresh !

  7. Kaylon Hendrix

    This is a much more affordable way to do things, and much healthier as well. I always thought it was too much work to make your own dressing but I see now that it’s quite simple, if you over do the vinigar or put too much, the dressing will not come out right, it will be too strong.

  8. charity

    I am personally not a fan of the balsamic vinigerette. But it is very easy to make and the romaine and red leaf lettuce complement each other very well!

  9. gabby c. 1st per; 2nd sem.

    The salad dressing was so good. Even though it was healthy it had a sweet like taste to it. I really enjoyed this!

  10. jessica n

    i love salads. I learned how to make a healthy dressing in a short amount of time with very little ingredients. and the darker the lettuce the healthier it is for you.

  11. Gifty

    I enjoyed watching how the balsamic vinaigrette was made, i felt it was better to make it instead of just buying a salad dressing because i learned that store bought has more preservatives and you can monitor how muvh you want to put in the vinaigrette!

  12. Viviana Dishmey

    i learned that to but the dressing in at the moment when you are about to serve the salad and if you put to much dreesing you can awlays even it out with putting more salad.

  13. kassie

    i liked the balsamic vinaigrette salad that you made in class 🙂 and i know that i will make balsamic vinaigrette at home oneday

  14. this was rrreaaallllllyyyy good!!! i really liked it and want to make it at home one day! it is very easy to make! i learned that the darker lettuce has more nutrients!

  15. katie

    I learned that this is way cheaper than buying dressing at the store and I learned that it taste great too .

  16. Amber W

    These is really easy to make and it’s a lot cheaper! I learned that in salad dressing you really don’t want any more than 5 ingredients. I also learned the more vinegar the sourer the dressing tastes.

  17. gabby c. 1st per; 2nd sem.

    I knew you could make salad dressing but not like this way and it taste good.
    It looks as if I it would also be cheaper .

  18. natasha

    i learned that the vinegar really adds a amazing taste to the salad.

  19. miracle

    I normally don’t like to eat salads so I wasn’t to excited to eat it but the salad came out greats, I learned to make an quick and easy salad dressing that is delicious

  20. jessica v

    The Vinaigrette was very tasty! And I learned that instead of spending money on a bottle of dressing that’s not very good, I could spend less money on a dressing that I make on my own and tastes 20 times better.

  21. Summer Bailey

    I learned that homemade dressings are better then the bottled ones, and its quick and easy to make.

  22. Edwin Warner

    If you are on a diet this dressing would be perfect because you can decide how much sugar you want in your salad dressing.

  23. candiace

    i learned that this dressing is very easy to make and is less exspensive than the dressing bought at stores!

  24. Jasmine Jones

    I learned that you can make your own dressing, with basic oil and vinegar !

  25. Sarah Michalke

    I learned that dressing can be easy to make and taste better.

  26. galia sayyar

    This is my absolute favorite salad dressing! It is the only dressing we ever use in my home. I never thought to add salt, pepper, the garlic clove, or sugar! We simply use balsamic vinegar and olive oil! I love the way you prepared it though, so I’ll definitely be making it at home for my parents to try.

  27. melissa cuevas

    i learned that it is so much tastier homemade and alot cheaper than you would expect! store bought bags of lettuce last not even have the time romaine and other fresh lettuce does!

  28. Brittany H 2 block

    I didn’t know that Balsamic Vinaigrette was used as a salad dressing.

  29. Lindsey Harley, 2nd block

    I learned that this salad dressing was quick and easy to make and prepare for, also it is healthier than any of the dressing y0u buy at the store.

  30. Jordan Griffin

    I learned that it was cheaper to buy the ingredients to make a dressing than it is to but it.

  31. Brooke H

    This looks delicious, i can’t wait to try this at home.

  32. alyssa

    I dont really like salad or vinagi but this looks good, and its nice to know how to make this now.

  33. chelsea m

    I thought the salad was very good, but what made it even better was the delicious dressing that you made. Now I learned how to make it for my family. Thank you .

  34. julie ochoa

    The salad dressing was really good!the salad dressing was fast to prepare.

  35. chelsea pirkle

    I love this it’s so much easier to just make this dressing then go to the store and buy it you will save so much money.

  36. breana

    i learned that it is easier and cheaper to make your own dressing then to go out and buy it and it alos taste better

  37. lauren bowman

    i learned that you can make dressing in just a short amount of time.

  38. Harold Colquitt

    The vinegar was great…I loved the salad ,, and I don’t even eat salad!

  39. Matthew

    i learned that vinagarette salad dressings are healthier for you than ranch or others like that

  40. Marty-2nd period

    The dressing was something new because it was very salad which it was weird to be on a salad but very good i enjoy it very much.

  41. jasmin melara

    this is so much better than store boight! you can also choose what to mix into your vinigrette!

  42. Brooke H

    With this lab, i learned that instead of going and buying a bottle of salad dressing that is exepensive and is processed, you can make this delicious dressing at home.

  43. carmen

    i learned how to make my own dressing! so instead of using fatty dressings i can use this!

  44. Marissa 1st period

    Though i didnt exactly like the vinaigrette i learned that making your own salad dressing is an easy and healthy way to avoid preservatives put into store bought dressing.

  45. alyssa

    found out how to make a cheap dressing that is healthy for you.

  46. Patrick Hogan

    i learned that it doesnt always take a store to get great salad dressing on demand!

  47. Jade Sanders 1st period

    I learned this is a quick and easy way to make a healthy topping for an even healthier meal.

  48. Hayley Godwin

    I learned that it only takes less than 5 minutes to make this salad dressing. That’s impressive!

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