Looking for a light and healthy dressing to pair with salads, wraps and more?! Check out this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing packed with honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic! Ready in 5 minutes!
Can we all agree that the best part of a salad is the dressing?! This is always the case for me at least. This Honey Balsamic Dressing is super simple to make and comes together in just 5 minutes.
This homemade vinaigrette is also healthy and can be paired with tons of recipes that go beyond the typical salad. I am on a big salad and dressing kick lately, and this is one of my go-to dressings I enjoy basically everyday. Hopefully you love and find tons of uses for this dressing!
- Olive Oil: Either extra virgin olive oil or light olive oil will work for this balsamic salad dressing. Using a regular olive oil will let the balsamic flavor come through more, while extra virgin olive oil will have a deeper flavor.
- Honey- You could leave the honey out if you are avoiding added sugars, or want to make this recipe vegan. Alternatively, you could add in a bit of white table sugar, or a sweetener of your choice.
Why this Dressing is a MUST MAKE!
Super Simple: No Cooking Required & Only a Few Ingredients Needed
Ready Fast in Only 5 Minutes
Versatile: Great on Salads, Wraps, Vegetables or as a Marinade
This easy balsamic dressing comes together in only 5 minutes and requires zero cooking. All you have to do for thi recipe is measure, combine and shake. Super simple and perfect for those just starting out in the kitchen or seasoned pros.
- Measure out all of your ingredients and add them into a mason jar, dressing bottle or a medium sized bowl.
- If using a mason jar or dressing bottle shake the balsamic dressing until combined. Alternatively, if using a bowl whisk the dressing until completely combined.
- Serve the dressing immediately with recipe of choice (check out the suggestions below) or store leftovers in the fridge.
For a more detailed look at prep for this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe check out the recipe video.
Leftover Storage Instructions
This homemade vinaigrette saves well and will stay good for up to 1 week in the fridge. I like to store my leftover dressing in an old mason jar with a lid, or anything that is airtight. When you are ready to enjoy your balsamic dressing make sure to shake/stir the dressing to ensure everything is well combined.
A vinaigrette traditionally a mixture of an oil and something acidic, like vinegar. A dressing is more general and encompasses a wider variety of sauces.
Vinaigrette's are made with a combination of oil and vinegar. You can also add in different herbs and spices, sweeteners like sugar or honey, and other flavor boosters like mustard or fruit. The combination depends of the type of vinaigrette you are making.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
A Mason Jar, Dressing Bottle or Medium Bowl- Personally, I like using a mason jar for my dressing, because I can use it to combine the dressing, shake it then store the leftovers all together. You could also use a dressing bottle for the same all in one effect.
I love to use balsamic vinaigrette dressing on salads (of course), wraps, over chicken, fancy toast recipes, drizzled over roasted veggies, and even as a marinade for meats. This dressing is definitely versatile and can be used in a number of ways. Some of my favorite recipes to use this healthy balsamic vinaigrette dressing are:
- Healthy Apple Spinach Salad
- Baby Kale and Avocado Salad
- Marinated Portobella Burgers
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic
- Bruschetta with Seared Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic & Burrata
- Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad
- One-Pan Caprese Chicken and Baby Potatoes
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Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- ⅔ Cup Olive Oil
- ⅓ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 teaspoon Garlic Minced
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- ⅛ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Dried Basil
- Measure and combine all ingredients into a mason jar, dressing bottle or bowl.
- If using a mason jar or dressing bottle, shake dressing until well combined. If using a bowl, whisk the dressing until combined. Serve immediately with recipe of choice, and enjoy!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftover balsamic dressing in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
- Ingredient Substitution: If you want to make this recipe vegan you can leave out the honey and add 1 teaspoon of white granulate sugar instead. If you are avoiding all added sugars you can leave the honey out and no replace it with anything. The flavor will change slightly, but still be a great vinaigrette.
- I do not recommend freezing this homemade dressing.
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Lisa and Patrick Dempsey
Delicious. I dont6tend to measure and I think the dressing was just a little too sweet. Next time I will use less honey. Delicious just the same and thank you for the recipe!
I have decided to never buy dressing again!
Glad you enjoyed the dressing and yes, you can use less honey if you think it's too sweet for your taste 🙂
I have been searching and wanting to make a dressing like this one - it was my first attempt at making balsamic salad dressing - my husband loved it!! as did I!!! Will definitely make again!! So So Good!!! Thank you!!
Glad both you and your husband like the dressing!
Really great! I used slightly less balsamic and olive oil, 1 Tbsp of mustard, double the basil and slightly more salt and pepper. Will definitely make again!
Glad you enjoyed the dressing and made some changes to make it perfect for you!
Easy & incredibly delicious! I highly recommend.
Thanks so much glad you like the dressing!
Mireille E Roc
This is a great staple recipe to have at your fingerprints. We always need salad dressing and I haven't met a person yet who didn't like a good balsamic vinaigrette.
This came out perfect and was so delicious! Thanks so much for this.
I don't know what I liked more - the actual dressing or the presentation. Either way, both are incredible! I am sure this dressing can wow anyone waiting to see another sauce pan to add some flavor... Outstanding!
Sounds easy and delicious! I'm all about the homemade dressings, so I can't wait to try this one!
I love balsamic vinaigrette on roasted root veggies. That is my all-time favorite. Thanks for this easy dressing recipe.