Forget the store-bought stuff! This Honey Balsamic Dressing is way better than anything you’ll find on the grocery shelf. Made with just 5 simple ingredients, this honey balsamic vinaigrette recipe is perfect for keeping your salads healthy and delicious!
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Do you love a simple, homemade salad dressing recipe! It is definitely true what they say – homemade dressing is far superior in flavor than anything you’ll find on the grocery store shelves.
Made in just a matter of moments, this balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for topping just about any salad that you happen to toss together. It’s easy, simple and completely delicious!
What do I need to make homemade honey balsamic dressing?
- Balsamic vinegar – this can be found with the rest of the vinegars in your local grocery store. There are likely several brands. Choose the best quality you can afford.
- Olive oil – choose a good quality olive oil for your dressing. You can also substitute avocado oil as well. I do NOT recommend using vegetable or canola oil.
- Honey – choose a good quality honey.
- Garlic – fresh minced garlic is great, however, using minced garlic that comes in a jar is a huge time saver. (This is what I use 99% of the time!)
- Fresh ground pepper – feel free to add a few grinds of salt as well.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe. Thanks!
How do I make honey balsamic vinaigrette?
Making your own homemade salad dressing is very easy. To a small bowl add the vinegar, oil, honey, garlic and pepper. If you like add a few grinds of salt as well.
Using a small whisk, mix the ingredients together well. Pour over your salad and enjoy right away.
How should I store homemade balsamic vinaigrette?
Balsamic vinaigrette can be stored at room temperature. There is no need to refrigerate this dressing. In fact, if stored in the refrigerator, the oil will get thick and become slightly solidified. For best results, keep the dressing at room temperature in a sealed container.
Ingredients to customize or add to your honey balsamic dressing:
- Orange juice and/or orange zest – this adds a sweet citrus flavor to the dressing, and goes well with any salad that may have mandarin oranges.
- Dijon mustard – this will add a fantastic richness to the dressing and will give it a slight tartness that will pair well with the honey.
- Shallots – this is a small reddish onion that has a great delicate flavor. Mince the shallot well, or add it and the rest of the ingredients to a blender to emulsify.
Frequently asked questions about making homemade salad dressing:
No, a blender is not needed to make salad dressing, unless you would prefer to use it. A small bowl and a whisk are all that are needed to make homemade salad dressing.
The sweet flavors of honey and the acidity of balsamic vinegar pair very well. When mixed together for a dressing honey and balsamic vinegar taste great together.
This recipe contains no ingredients that need refrigeration, therefore this honey balsamic dressing can stay at room temperature.
There are approximately 100 calories for 2 tablespoons of honey balsamic dressing.
By making your own salad dressing, you control the ingredients that are used. Most store-bought salad dressings contain numerous ingredients, including unhealthy, inflammatory oils and often high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars. Making your own salad dressing will not only taste better, it is much healthier as well.
Love making homemade salad dressing? Check out our other easy homemade dressing recipes:
- Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
- Healthy Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe
- Healthy Caesar Dressing
- Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
- Avocado Lime Dressing
If you loved this honey balsamic vinaigrette recipe, check out our favorite salads to go with it:
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, good quality
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk well to ensure the honey has adequately dissolved into the dressing.
- Pour over your favorite salad right just before serving.
There is no need to refrigerate this dressing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The dressing will keep for up to 5 days. However, if you add Dijon mustard, shallots, or orange juice or zest, it is best kept refrigerated.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g