This thick and creamy homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is so easy to make you’ll never buy bottled dressing again! With just a few ingredients, it comes together in no time and is the perfect dressing for salads and an excellent marinade for grilled chicken!

Black spoon drizzling balsamic vinaigrette over mason jar on blue napkin.


When it comes to salad dressing ingredients, simpler is better, which is why I never buy bottled dressing and always make homemade.

In our home, we end almost every dinner with a salad of mixed greens, and this balsamic vinaigrette is one of our go-to dressings to top it off.

It’s creamy and thick with just the right balance of sweet and sour and can be ready in just a few minutes!

Recipe Ingredients

All ingredients for this recipe are shown in the pic below and special notes are made in this bulleted list to assist you.

Ingredients shown: honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, avocado oil, shallot, olive oil, and dried thyme.
  • Balsamic vinegar. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on balsamic vinegar for vinaigrette. Costco usually sells a large bottle at a great value.
  • Oil. I use a blend of good extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil.
  • Shallot. Shallots work especially well for vinaigrettes and are a key ingredient in many of our salad dressings.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make it

  1. Mince 1 large shallot and add it to a food processor or blender along with 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and pulse to combine. Alternatively, you can whisk the ingredients together in a glass bowl.
  2. Once the ingredients are well combined, add 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 cup of neutral flavored oil, such as avocado oil, to the blender and blend until smooth and emulsified. Taste the balsamic vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle on top of your favorite salads, grilled chicken, and sandwiches. Enjoy!
Bowl of salad, fork on blue napkin, and mason jar filled with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette with Dijon and honey is easy to make and is the perfect accompaniment to green salads, pasta salads, and serves as a great marinade for chicken!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey see notes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard smooth or grainy
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored oil such as avocado oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients except the oil to a blender or food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Add the oil and blend until smooth and emulsified. Taste the vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

  • One serving of dressing equals 2 tablespoons.  
  • Balsamic vinaigrette can also be made by hand whisking, or combining the ingredients in a covered mason jar and shaking aggressively, however, the texture may appear different than the photos. We do recommend using a blender for the creamiest texture.
  • Balsamic vinaigrette can be saved in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Scale the honey up or down depending on how sweet you like your dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 2.3g | Calcium: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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16 Comments

  1. Grace Boyd says:

    5 stars
    Love your recipes! Thank you.

  2. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Hello Jim,

    I make mine almost like yours except that I use regular onion, garlic and instead of honey I use maple syrup for the sweetener. But I will try your version which I’m sure is just as good and delicious! Thanks for another great recipe that I know I will love!

  3. Bill says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious over my Caesar Salad served on Easter Sunday!

  4. Von Eberstein Barbara says:

    I have tried most of your recipes. I much say we have enjoyed them.
    I love the way you present them on your videos.
    Barbara von Eberstein

  5. MaryAnn Barcaro says:

    5 stars
    I love all your recipes..they are tried and true and delicious!
    And I love that you are a family man and show your wife and son on your channel. Keep up the good work young man!!!

  6. Joseph Connell says:

    5 stars
    This is so good. Love all your videos.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Chris LaGuardia says:

    Love this dressing.

  8. Dianne says:

    5 stars
    Very delicious!! Live all your recipes!!

    1. James says:

      Thanks, Dianne!

  9. Eleanor Metro says:

    Love your recipes.

  10. Josie Howard-Ruben says:

    Have you ever made with all EVOO? Have avocado allergies here.

    1. Tara says:

      Yes, you can do all evoo or you can replace the avocado oil with any neutrally flavored oil.

      1. Elaine says:

        5 stars
        Made this dressing over the weekend for the first time. It is now my go to salad dressing! Total winner !