I've been meaning to post my favorite balsamic vinaigrette for a while now. I used it for my Hearty Summer Salad last year and again with my recent steak salad with pickled red onions and bleu cheese recipe. So, the recipe is hiding within two recipes on my website. I decided it was time for balsamic vinaigrette to have its moment in the sun.
Balsamic Vinaigrette is Easy to make and cheap
The thing is - balsamic vinaigrette tastes great on just about every salad out there. Store-bought salad dressings tend to linger in the refrigerator, right? They get crusty around the spout. The bottles accumulate like a little army on the refrigerator door. Most you don't want anymore because you tried it on a whim and didn't like it, but refuse to throw it away. When you prepare homemade salad dressing, you make what you need for a week or two. When you're finished, you make a fresh batch. So, why not give it a whirl?
Not only is this salad dressing fantastic on any number of salads, you can also use this to marinate chicken. I use this very dressing in my rosemary balsamic grilled chicken thighs. If chicken thighs aren't you thing, it's fine - you can also marinate boneless breast of chicken with this as well. It's such a great option when grill season comes around.
I encourage all of you to get to your kitchens and make delicious food and salad dressing. When we come together with our loved ones and share a meal, it gives us the opportunity to connect and communicate. It's a time to share our days and our lives with each other in a meaningful way. And there's never been a better time to become a great home chef. There are so many resources at our fingertips to help us learn how to cook at home and enjoy our kitchens. That's why all my recipes include step-by-step videos. You can follow along while you're making it and I'll be right there with you.Print
My Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: ¾ cup 1x
My favorite balsamic vinaigrette is made from ingredients I always have on hand. It's the perfect salad topping and super easy to make.
- ½ clove of garlic, finely diced/minced
- ½ cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste (just a pinch here)
- Small sprig of rosemary (optional)
- Finely dice the garlic and put it in a bowl or glass jar.
- Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, rosemary sprig (if using). You can throw the sprig in whole or finely dice it. I've done it both ways.
- Secure lid to jar and shake until well combined. If you’re using a bowl, simply whisk the ingredients until well blended.
- Serve on your favorite salad. It’s also yummy as a chicken marinade for grilled chicken.
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