Healthy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Salads are popular among many new year resolutioners. And why not? It’s a fresh way to get a healthy dose of nutrients!

But hey, what about that salad dressing? Many dressings found on grocery store shelves are packed with not-so-good-for-you ingredients. So make sure to keep a keen eye, because some have artificial colors, artificial flavors, and tons of unrecognizable ingredients.

But don’t despair! We’re going to toss away that store bought dressing for this healthy homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It’s super quick to make and incredibly delicious. And guess what? You probably have all the needed ingredients right there in your kitchen!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

This all-purpose, mega healthy, balsamic vinaigrette uses only real ingredients. So you won’t have to think twice about enjoying its rich flavor. It also stashes well in the fridge. Just mix up a batch and store it in an airtight container in the fridge (try a lidded canning jar). Then, when you’re ready to dress your salad, give the dressing a hearty shake, and drizzle on top of your greens. Easy peasy. Now let’s get started!

Makes 8–2 tablespoon servings



  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk together until well-combined. Alternatively, you can combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, close the lid and shake until well-combined.

Fun Modifications

Try adding a touch of cinnamon and a little bit more honey, and then dress the salad with spinach, pear slices, blue cheese, and walnuts. You can also add some Italian herbs, like parsley, basil, and oregano. Yum!

Nutrition per serving: 121 calories, 12.7g fat, 2.5g carbohydrates, 0g protein

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!