Thursday Three: Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette

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A staple in our fridge is always a homemade dressing and this easy balsamic vinaigrette is a house favorite. I’m itching for our first garden greens harvest which will be immediately drizzled with this creamy dressing. Recipe bonus points – if you’re having company and you tell them you made a ‘vinaigrette’, I’m pretty sure they’ll think you’re real fancy. Something about the big long word. And you made it yourself, not from a bottle!

Guys, this easy balsamic vinaigrette is probably THE simplest recipe I could ever post on here. Yup, two ingredients (plus two freebies, BFFS s&p). One recipe’s worth will make about a full eight ounces and should last in the fridge a few weeks for all your dressing needs.

Spruce up your salads with this easy balsamic vinaigrette.

In all of ten minutes, probably even less, you’ve got yourself a delicious salad dressing. Plus, you can add in all the herb goodies you’d like to spice it up a little – my favorites include dried summer savory or basil.

Spruce up your salads with this easy balsamic vinaigrette.

A whisk or a immersion blender are helpful to emulsify this vinaigrette (emulsify = combine oil and vinegar into one), but not needed. If it does separate in the fridge, you can always give it a good shake to recombine. When I’m in a rush, I just put it in a mason jar, secure the lid, and shake it up.

Spruce up your salads with this easy balsamic vinaigrette.

Ready to dress up your salads with this creamy balsamic vinaigrette? 

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (or any vinegar will do)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, summer savory or other herbs


  1. Combine all ingredients in a 8 ounce mason jar, secure lid, and shake! Alternatively, you could emulsify in a small bowl with an immersion blender or whisk to combine oil and vinegar. Store in refridgerator.