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Honey Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette

Elevate your salads with the delicious Honey Mustard Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing, a standout among vinaigrette recipes. This homemade balsamic vinaigrette strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors. Learn how to make balsamic vinaigrette effortlessly with this easy-to-follow recipe. Whether you're in search of the best balsamic vinaigrette or a honey-infused version, this dressing adds a delightful touch to any salad, making it a versatile and flavorful choice for those who appreciate the classic taste of balsamic vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Sweet And Savory Vinaigrette 

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How To Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sweet And Savory Vinaigrette

  • In a small bowl or a jar with a lid, add the balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard.

  • Finely mince the garlic cloves and add them to the bowl.

  • Drizzle in the honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version) to balance the acidity of the vinegar. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste.

  • Slowly pour in the extra-virgin olive oil while whisking the mixture vigorously. If you're using a jar, you can simply shake it well to combine the ingredients thoroughly.

  • Continue to whisk (or shake) until the dressing is well emulsified, meaning that the oil and vinegar have combined into a smooth mixture.

  • Season the vinaigrette with salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Taste the vinaigrette and adjust the balance of sweetness, acidity, and seasonings as needed. You can add a bit more honey, vinegar, or salt, depending on your taste.

  • Once you're satisfied with the flavor, your balsamic vinaigrette is ready to drizzle over your salad. 

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Variations

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Substitute honey with maple syrup for a natural sweetness.

Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Enhance the tanginess by adding more Dijon mustard.

Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Infuse minced garlic for a robust, savory flavor.

Herb-Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Add chopped fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme for an herbal twist.

Fruit-Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Blend in mashed strawberries, raspberries, or figs for a fruity dimension.

Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the mix for a citrusy zing.

Spicy Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Incorporate red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce for heat.

Mediterranean Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Include minced red onion, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese for Mediterranean-inspired flavors.

Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Use freshly squeezed orange juice and zest for a citrusy and sweet profile.

Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Blend fresh or frozen raspberries into the mix for a vibrant color and sweet-tart taste.

Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • Add pomegranate juice or seeds for a burst of fruity flavor.

Asian-inspired Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Mix in soy sauce, sesame oil, and grated ginger for an Asian twist.

Yogurt Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Combine plain Greek yogurt for a creamier and slightly tangy dressing.

Avocado Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Blend ripe avocado for a rich, creamy texture.

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How To Store Balsamic Vinaigrette 


  • Balsamic vinaigrette should be stored in the refrigerator. The cold temperature helps preserve the freshness and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria.

Airtight Container:

  • Transfer the vinaigrette to an airtight container, such as a glass jar with a tight-sealing lid or a plastic container designed for liquids. Ensure that the container is clean and dry to prevent any contamination.


  • It's a good practice to label the container with the date you made the vinaigrette. This helps you keep track of its freshness.

Avoid Light and Heat:

  • Store the vinaigrette in the back of the refrigerator, away from direct light and heat sources, which can affect the quality and taste over time.

Check for Separation:

  • Balsamic vinaigrette may separate over time, with the oil rising to the top. This is normal. Before using, simply shake or stir the vinaigrette to re-emulsify the ingredients.

Use Within a Reasonable Time:

  • While balsamic vinaigrette can last for several weeks when refrigerated, it's best to use it within 2-4 weeks to ensure the best flavor and quality. Over time, the flavors may change, but it should remain safe to consume for a longer period.

Inspect for Spoilage:

  • If the vinaigrette develops an off smell, unusual appearance, or off flavors, it's best to discard it, as this may indicate spoilage.

Remember that homemade vinaigrettes may have a shorter shelf life compared to commercially produced dressings with added preservatives. Always trust your senses (smell, taste, and appearance) to determine the freshness and safety of your stored balsamic vinaigrette.

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