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Quick Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Elevate your salads with this homemade light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's quick to prepare, full of sweet and tangy flavors, and free from unnecessary additives.
light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

If there’s one thing I can’t ever give up, it’s this light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It’s truly the perfect addition to any salad.

The nice blend of sweet, tangy, bitter, and sour notes makes this dressing a favorite among salad enthusiasts. It’s versatile, refreshing, and elevates even the simplest greens into something special.

Since embarking on my wellness journey, I’ve made it a point to create my own homemade dressings. This way, I can ensure they’re not only delicious but also nourishing.

Many store-bought dressings including those at Chick-Fil-A are loaded with preservatives and added sugars that can harm our gut health and spike our sugar levels. By making my own dressings, I avoid all those unnecessary additives and maintain better control over what goes into my body.

So, step into my kitchen, and let me show you how I whip up this delicious, light balsamic vinaigrette. It’s easy to make, incredibly tasty, and a wonderful way to enhance your salads while staying true to a healthier lifestyle. 

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Ingredients for Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy light balsamic vinaigrette:

Olive Oil: The base of any good vinaigrette, olive oil adds a rich, smooth texture and a touch of that Mediterranean flair we can’t stop raving about.

Balsamic Vinegar: This provides the tangy, slightly sweet punch that makes balsamic vinaigrette so unique and flavorful. Plus, it’s loaded with polyphenols which are great for your heart health.

Dijon Mustard: I’m not a fan of mustard. However, a little bit of Dijon mustard helps emulsify the dressing, giving it a creamy consistency and a bit of a kick.

Minced Garlic: Fresh minced garlic adds a sharp, aromatic note that brings flavor to the vinaigrette.

Honey or Monk Fruit: If you prefer a dressing with a touch of sweetness without the added sugar, monk fruit is a great option, especially if you’re diabetic or watching your blood sugar. Honey works just as well if you don’t mind the extra sugar.

Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning, a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper help to balance and enhance the flavors. Adjust these to your taste preference.

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How to make light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Step 1: Add Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar 

making light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

In a small bowl or mason jar, combine 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar.

Step 2: Mince the Garlic

mincing garlic for light balsamic dressing

Mince 2 cloves of garlic and add it to the bowl or jar.

Step 3: Combine Honey and Dijon Mustard

adding honey and dijon mustard to vinaigrette dressing

Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon of honey (or 1/2 teaspoon of monk fruit if you’re using that instead) to the mixture.

Step 4: Add Salt and Pepper 

adding salt and pepper to light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Add a pinch of salt and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Step 5: Shake to Combine 

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If you’re using a jar, simply close the lid tightly and give it a good shake until everything is well combined. If you’re using a bowl, whisk everything together until emulsified.

Enjoy Your Homemade Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Drizzle this light balsamic vinaigrette dressing over your favorite salad greens, roasted vegetables, or even use it as a marinade for grilled chicken or fish. 

It’s a versatile dressing that’s sure to become a regular in your kitchen. 

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How to Store

Store your homemade light balsamic vinaigrette in an airtight container or a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. 

Keep it in the refrigerator, and it will stay fresh for up to a week. Remember to give it a good shake before each use, as the ingredients may separate over time.

Why This Dressing Recipe Works

This light balsamic vinaigrette recipe works because it balances all the essential flavors: sweet, tangy, bitter, and sour. 

The olive oil provides a smooth base, while the balsamic vinegar adds a tangy sweetness. 

Dijon mustard helps to emulsify the dressing, giving it a creamy texture, and minced garlic adds a depth of flavor. 

The touch of honey or monk fruit balances the acidity of the vinegar, and salt and pepper bring all the flavors together. 

Plus, making it at home ensures you’re using fresh, wholesome ingredients without any unnecessary additives or preservatives. 

Enjoy this versatile dressing on salads, roasted vegetables, or as a marinade, and elevate your dishes with its wonderful flavor.

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Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Discover the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, bitter, and sour with this homemade light balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Elevate your salads and dishes with fresh, wholesome ingredients free from unnecessary additives.
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Eleanor

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 tbsp honey - or ½ tsp monk fruit sweetner
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ground black pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or jar, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and honey or monk fruit.
  • Add a pinch of salt and a few cracks of freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt, pepper, or sweetener to suit your preference.
  • Pour the light balsamic vinaigrette dressing into a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake before each use as the ingredients may separate over time.
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