This Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious dressing for mixed greens. It’s a versatile recipe that comes together quickly with just a handful of ingredients.

Salad dressing in a jar

We’ve been getting a lot of salad greens in our CSA and I wanted to make a simple vinaigrette that I could drizzle over the greens. If you’ve never tried making your own salad dressing before, this is a great recipe to start with! It’s super simple and you can customize it by adding different herbs and seasonings.

salad dressing ingredients

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • Olive Oil– I reocmmend a high quality olive oil like California Olive Ranch.
  • Balsamic Vinegar– Again, look for a high quality brand. My favorite is Colavita.
  • Dijon Mustard– This adds a delicious, tangy flavor.
  • Mayonnaise– A small amount of mayo helps emulsify the dressing and prevent separation of the oil and vinegar.
  • Salt– Always add salt to taste!

How to Use Balsamic Vinaigrette

I like this type of dressing paired with softer greens like spinach, spring mix, and arugula. The flavor is compatible with a variety of salad toppings but my favorite combination is dried fruit and nuts. Try dried cherries and pecans, dried cranberries and walnuts, or dried apricots and almonds. The sweet fruit and salty nuts are a delicious balance to this dressing. You can also use this dressing on my Italian Chopped Salad or my Halloumi Salad.

Salad Dressing Variations

You can make this dressing your own by adding different herbs and seasonings. Try adding 1 teaspoon of oregano for a Greek-inspired flavor. Or add 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning for a flavor that will pair perfectly with your favorite pasta dish. Swap out the balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar for a slightly sweeter flavor. The possibilities are endless!

mixed green salad

How to Store Salad Dressing

Store this dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If the dressing separates, simply whisk it together before drizzling it on your salad.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette in a jar

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Salad Dressing
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious dressing for mixed greens. It’s a versatile recipe that comes together quickly with just a handful of ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon mayonnaise (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the ingredients until combined.
  2. The mayonnaise is optional but it will help prevent separation of the oil and vinegar.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Keywords: Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Looking for more salad inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite salads and dressings:

If you love chopped salads, be sure to try this Mediterranean Chopped Salad recipe!

chopped salad