Thursday, March 22, 2012

The BEST Balsamic Vinaigrette

The BEST Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

There are very few recipes here that I use the word perfect to describe. This dressing is truly worthy of the word perfect. I've tried numerous balsamic vinaigrette recipes over the past year and while they have been decent, they were not quite what I was searching for. I am thrilled to be sharing this recipe with you today. I served it last week to visiting family and those who tried it immediately requested the recipe.

This dressing is so versatile, I've used it on salads, roasted vegetables, and drizzled it over chicken in a wrap. Just a touch of sweetness with the tang of the balsamic, I imagine this is going to be a staple in my home for years to come.

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette
recipe by Chinese Grandma
(printable recipe)

2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper, finely ground
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, balsamic, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic. Add the oil and whisk thoroughly to combine. Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified.

Store in a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Shake well before serving. Enjoy!

Side note: If you choose to make this in the blender (as I like to do for almost every other recipe) this will be a thicker dressing. Still delicious, simply thicker. I prefer the consistency of this particular dressing when whisked by hand.

The BEST Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


44 comments:

  1. I will have to try this as my family loves balsamic dressing and the girls are on a salad kick right now. Sounds like it has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy!

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  2. This does look perfect :-)
    I love homemade dressings - they are so easy to throw together, that it seems a shame to keep aging bottles of the other stuff clogging up refrigerator space...

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  3. I love balsamic vinaigrette...this really does sound like the best! :)

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  4. I love sweet and tangy dressings and this one sounds like it's really good. Have a beautiful day

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  5. This is pretty much the same recipe I've been making for years except I love to use himalayan salt. Mmm... Definitely good.

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  6. Definitely worth the effort...love the dressing.

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  7. Like you I have been trying different recipes looking for a great balsamic dressing. I must give this a try! Thanks :)

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    1. Hey Mary - I made this dressing and used an immersion blender. Thicker sounded pretty great to me! I love it - really love it. Having it again for dinner. Thanks for this great recipe - yum!

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    2. Also made this with white balsamic vinegar - goodness it's great!

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  8. It must be the honey that makes the difference---my recipe is almost identical, with the exception of that key ingredient. I look forward to trying this soon. Thanks, Mary!

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  9. I LOVE balsamic vinegar... and this recipe looks delicious! Heck, the mere fact that there's nothing I'm allergic to in the recipe (a rarity indeed) is enough to get me to try it!

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  10. Mary -

    Agreed, so delicious on roasted or grilled veggies! Nothing beats a good balsamic dressing! Thanks for the recipe : )

    Dagny

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  11. I like that you added honey instead of sugar. I'll have to give this a try!

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  12. Mmmm I love balsamic dressings. This sounds delicious! And love your photos too!

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  13. Wow, it sounds great, and looks thick and luscious!

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  14. With a recommendation like that, how could I pass up this recipe?

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  15. Mmm yum! I wonder how long one could keep it in the fridge... Although it looks so tasty it'd probably be eaten up quickly!

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  16. I have never made homemade dressing before. This one sounds perfect, I will have to try it.

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  17. Yum, especially with a nice, sweet, aged balsamic!

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  18. @SixBallons - It will keep for quite a while in the fridge, definitely a week or two because there isn't any egg you have to worry about.

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  19. Homemade dressing rock and I'd definitely enjoy this.

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  20. If you say so, I take your word at it, your ranch dressing was really good.

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  21. hi mary - just saw you featured my recipe! how fantastic. thanks so much, and i look forward to trying some of yours!

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  22. I have been looking for a good Balsamic recipe for a while now! Can't wait to try this with a strawberries and almonds on a salad!

    Absolutely perfect for spring :)

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  23. I will be making a double batch next time I make this!

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  24. I adoorrreeee balsamic vinaigrette, and my dad used to make one so similar to this proportion wise but I sadly lost the recipe so I will try this for sure!

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  25. So I tred this as well and as promised, it is delish! I enjoyed this over a simple salad of baby spinach leaves with red onions, plum tomstoes and toasted pine nuts! Thank you for this healthy, natural solution

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  26. I have a similar recipe but I usually replace one part of the olive oil with sesame or any nut oil and fruit jam instead of honey.

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  27. Using this on a summer salad of leafy greens, sliced strawberries, green onion, & celery. Used an immersion blender, and it's thick and creamy.....and delicious! Homemade croutons on top. Thanks!

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  28. Oh my Mary, this sounds perfect indeed! Printing right now so I can enjoy on tomorrow's salad! YUM!

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  29. Wow! I made this dressing for a party. I received many compliments. It really is the perfect balsamic dressing. Thank you.

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  30. This recipe was absolutely fantastic!! My boyfriend can be a bit hesitant when it comes to my dressings sometimes, but he loved this one! It is perfectly savory, with just a hint of sweet. It will be a staple in my fridge!!! :)

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  31. My favorite dressing. I can't have sugar, so instead of the honey, I substitute one packet of stevia. I double the recipe and keep it in a canning jar in my fridge. :)

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  32. I added lemon juice and omitted the mustard and it was amazing!

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  33. I made this with a hand blender. Love the consistency and it is without a doubt the best balsamic vinaigrette I've ever tasted. Thank you.

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  34. i tried this with my salads - fantastic do you have a recipe for homemade chili powder? would love to make it if you do

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  35. This and other recipes do not have calorie and fat counts how do I find out?

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    1. That is not information that I track. There are a number of online calculators for recipes. Feel free to input the ingredients and figure out the nutritional informations. Here's a link to one: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator I hope that helps!

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  36. This is phenomenally good. Again perfectly balanced for my palate. I'm constantly making 2 portions of the recipe and putting it in my fridge. Lasts me at most 2 weeks. NOTE: When doubling this recipe I cut back on the honey a bit…by 1/2 tbsp…4 tbsp honey is a bit much when doubling.

    Also note: Just putting everything in a tight mason jar and shaking rigorously takes away the need to imulsify with a whisk or a wand...

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  37. No kidding, this is the BEST balsamic vinaigrette. I've made it countless times now and everyone always remarks about its deliciousness. Not only for leafy greens, it's also great drizzled over a caprese salad.

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  38. I have an 18 yr. aged balsamic that would be perfect to use here! Pinned it!

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  39. I have just come back from Italy where I had Pecorini cheese and pear salad with a thick balsamic dressing,,,your recipe sounds like it might be the one....it was quite thick and drizzled over the prepared salad. I can't wait to try it tomorrow. May thanks.

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