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Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Recipe
Make Your Own Simple Salad Dressing
Salad dressing is a delicious part of a meal, but what goes into salad dressing varies so much according to taste. Some people love creamy dressings. Some prefer an oil-based dressing.
To eat healthier and to add zest to my salad, I often make this easy balsamic vinegar dressing recipe.
This salad dressing recipe is easy and versatile. With just a few key ingredients, like those shown here, you can jazz up your salad making it just what you want with your favorite herbs and spices.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Make Your Salads Even Better with Balsamic Vinegar
Make Your Own Salad Dressing - Save Money, Save Time, and Eat Healthy
Bottled salad dressing can get expensive. Splurge on a good bottle bottle of balsamic vinegar instead and make your own dressing. It will be fresh and delicious, and you can make it just how you like each time.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt OR shallot salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon powdered garlic OR powdered onion
1/8 teaspoon dried mixed herbs, optional
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Stir or shake immediately before using.
- This salad dressing is delicious on a green leafy salad or drizzled over steamed vegetables. It also makes a great dip for raw veggies!
Get To Know Your Balsamic Vinegar - The Leaf System
Balsamic vinegar is made from grapes and is noted with a leaf system. The bottle I have is "2 leaf" balsamic.
The balsamic vinegar leaf system follows:
~ 0 leaf is basically mostly red wine vinegar with a bit of caramel coloring.
~ 1 leaf is a light colored and flavored, and is sweet yet zesty. Good for everyday use on salads.
~ 2 leaves is more rounded in flavor, brisk and vibrant. Good for steamed vegetables and marinades.
~ 3 leaves is tangy, full bodied, and smooth with a more polished taste. Good in sauces and on fish and roasted meat.
~ 4 leaves has a heady aroma and is more syrupy and sweet. Excellent on ice cream, fresh fruit, and some cheeses.
Source: Balsamic Vinegar Guide
Olive Oil - Choose a Light Variety
Choose a light olive oil to make balsamic vinegar dressing. Try one that is labeled "light" or "extra virgin" for your salad dressing for a smooth, creamy finish.
Balsamic Vinegar for Salads
Do you use balsamic vinegar in salad dressings or cooking?
Seasonings and Spices - The Spice of Life
Make your balsamic vinegar with spices you love. Experiment and then you'll have some great go to recipes to whip up in minutes.
Learn to Use Spices - to enhance food flavor
I love making my salad dressing a bit different each time. Start with a base of olive oil and balsamic dressing and add to it for a unique new dressing.
Try some of these spice combinations for a fun twist depending on your salad ingredients:
- For oriental dressing, add all or some of these spices: ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon, and dry mustard.
- To make a Southwest dressing, add your favorites of these spices: cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.
- For an easy light and bright dressing, add lemon juice and garlic powder.
You can use sour cream as a base instead of olive oil to make a creamy dressing.