White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (2024)

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This White Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious homemade salad dressing you can whip up in less than 5 minutes! It tastes so much better than store-bought – make a large batch and keep it in the fridge for easy meal prep!

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette was about the only dressing allowed to touch my salad as a kid. And it is actually very delicious. My own children love it so much, they basically drink it. Should I be worried about this? ?

We always have a jar of homemade salad dressing in the fridge, and this is one I make at least once a month. This one, my Balsamic Vinaigrette and my Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. Obsessed!

Ingredients you’ll need

Here is a visual overview of the ingredients in the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities!

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Ingredient notes

  • Honey: Use a mild, runny honey for best results. A very firm honey or one that has heavily crystallized is very difficult to smoothly stir into the dressing.
  • Mustard: I prefer a smooth Dijon mustard in this recipe, but my husband also enjoys when I make it with whole grain mustard. Yellow mustard works great, too – it does yield a slightly different taste though.
  • Garlic powder: I much prefer using garlic powder over fresh garlic in salad dressing. To me, the raw garlic is so hard to gauge in intensity, and it does become stronger as it sits in the fridge. If you absolutely want to use minced fresh garlic, feel free to do so at your own discretion.

I love how this turns out so creamy and delicious without using any artificial ingredients – the honey and mustard help emulsifying the oil and vinegar and really make this dressing.

How to make a White Balsamic Vinaigrette

This recipe has one step: Whisk all ingredients together.

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So quick and easy! No special equipment needed, no special cooking skills required… My three year old basically makes this by herself ?

Storage tips

How long to store in the fridge

This recipe is super make-ahead/meal prep friendly. It usually lasts us for an entire work week, we just keep it in the fridge in a clean jar and take what we need. I usually make a batch of this one and a batch of something else, like my Honey Mustard Salad Dressing for example.

My favorite storage jars

I love using small Weck jars to keep my homemade salad dressings in the fridge. Their lids are not THE most convenient ones as far as opening and closing again goes, but I prefer them over the metal lids Ball jars come with, because they get gross and rusty when in constant touch with acidic dressing very quickly.

The Weck jars have glass lids (I don’t put a rubber seal when I just keep salad dressing in the fridge!) that can be washed indefinitely vs always buying new jar lids. I LOVE my Ball jars for dry ingredients like nuts, though! You can find the small Weck jars I use (FYI, I make a small commission for purchases made through that link:) here on Amazon, but there’s also large ones available if you want to store a larger amount of dressing.

Note about making a single batch

Now if I’m only making one batch, I’ll whisk it up straight in the salad bowl (no need to dirty another dish!). Unless I’m taking photos for the blog – because the elusive pouring shot is definitely a must ?

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How to use your vinaigrette

This vinaigrette goes with so many different salads – spinach salad with fresh summer berries, a tossed salad, cucumber salad… So versatile, it never has to get boring.

We love it on a Tomato Cucumber Salad and on a Spinach Avocado Salad with Berries.

Make it, try it, then tell me what you think – worth the 5 minutes of effort?

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette

This White Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious homemade salad dressing you can whip up in less than 5 minutes! It tastes so much better than store-bought – make a large batch and keep it in the fridge for easy meal prep!

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Recipe details

Prep 5 minutes mins

Total 5 minutes mins

Servings 16 tablespoons

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • cup white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon dried garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Keep in a clean, tightly sealed jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Notes

Ingredient notes

  • Honey: Use a mild, runny honey for best results. A very firm honey or one that has heavily crystallized is very difficult to smoothly stir into the dressing.
  • Mustard: I prefer a smooth Dijon mustard in this recipe, but my husband also enjoys when I make it with whole grain mustard. Yellow mustard works great, too – it does yield a slightly different taste though.
  • Garlic powder: I much prefer using garlic powder over fresh garlic in salad dressing. To me, the raw garlic is so hard to gauge in intensity, and it does become stronger as it sits in the fridge. If you absolutely want to use minced fresh garlic, feel free to do so at your own discretion.

How long to store in the fridge

This recipe is super make-ahead/meal prep friendly. It usually lasts us for an entire work week, we just keep it in the fridge in a clean jar and take what we need.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 3gFat: 6gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 5mgSugar: 2gCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition is an estimate.

More recipe information

Course: Dressing

Cuisine: American, Italian

Recipe first published on 03/28/2018. Updated with new photos and better text on 03/23/2021. Recipe has remained the same.

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When I got married to my professional chef husband, I realized I had to step up my game in the kitchen. Now I share my favorite foolproof family recipes here on Savory Nothings: Chef-approved, kid-vetted and easy enough for everyday home cooks like you and me! Learn more.

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  1. Michelle says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (14)
    Never cared for this Salad Dressing, then I decided to try this-OMG this is Absolutely the Best!!! I always loved Ranch dressing, not anymore! Thank you for sharing this, it is so flavorful and Delicious!!!!

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  2. Shannon says

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    Yum! I just made this to go with a chopped salad I made and wanted to use the white balsamic vinegar I bought at the Olive Mill. I had all the ingredients on hand, simple to make and great flavor!!!

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    • Nora says

      I’m so glad, Shannon!

      Reply

  3. Randy says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (16)
    Just made this and it is very tasty. I really dislike chopping garlic for a quick salad dressing and was glad to see the powder ( I usually sub that anyway! ) I look forward to trying some more of your recipes.

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    • Nora says

      Agreed on the garlic powder for dressings, Randy! Just not worth the hassle in my humble opinion. Glad you liked it.

      Reply

  4. JJ says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (17)
    This was amazing on the tomato mozzarella salad I made.

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  5. Robin says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (18)
    Love at first bite!! Has become our favorite go to dressing! We normally use honey, but had to use sugar once…delish either way! Making the poppy seed one next. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • Nora says

      I’m so glad, Robin!

      Reply

  6. Tom Bradfish says

    Very good! Dialed the honey back to 1T. Will make again for sure!

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    • Nora says

      I’m glad to hear it, Tom!

      Reply

  7. The happy guys says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (19)
    Very good ??I added 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder also

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  8. Cathy says

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    This dressing is outstanding and now my must have in the fridge at all times.

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  9. Dolly says

    White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe - Savory Nothings (21)
    My new favo

    Reply

  10. Debbie says

    What brand white balsamic vinegar do you use?

    Reply

    • Nora Rusev says

      Leonardi is a favorite for us! They also make the Williams Sonoma one. Hope that helps.

      Reply

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FAQs

What can I do with white balsamic vinegar? ›

Restaurant chefs use white balsamic vinegar not only for its milder flavor, but also because it won't turn a salad dressing or sauce brown the way the regular stuff will. Use it in any vinaigrette recipe, for dressing roasted vegetables, or for deglazing a pan of crispy chicken thigh bits.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making vinaigrette? ›

12 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Making Homemade Vinaigrette
  • Estimating measurements for all ingredients. inspiredbyart/Shutterstock. ...
  • Using the wrong oil. ...
  • Using the wrong vinegar. ...
  • Leaving out the emulsifier. ...
  • Skipping the mustard. ...
  • Forgetting to check expiration dates. ...
  • Not using fresh herbs. ...
  • Using vinaigrette only on salad.
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What if my balsamic vinaigrette is too sweet? ›

(Plus, you'll have extra dressing, which is never a bad thing.) If your dressing is too sweet, add something savory. Salt, of course, will work, but if you want something a little more interesting, opt for anchovies, capers, soy sauce, or miso, instead.

What is the easiest way to switch up the flavor of a vinaigrette? ›

Change up the base ingredients to give your dressing a different flavor. For example, try using rice vinegar, a shot of soy sauce, cilantro instead of parsley, and a slice of fresh ginger; blend in a neutral oil like canola or avocado.

What spices pair well with balsamic vinegar? ›

Do: Prepare a balsamic vinegar combination with greens or stone fruit, adding a little white pepper or grated ginger, grated lemon zest and even a touch of spring onions. It's savory and sweet with just enough acidity to elongate the flavor in your mouth, he says.

Is white condiment with balsamic vinegar the same as white balsamic vinegar? ›

For years it went by the name white balsamic vinegar, as it's made with similar ingredients. Due to some legal constraints that I'll discuss in a moment, it's no longer technically called “white balsamic.” Instead, look for “white Modena vinegar” or “white Italian condiment.”

What's the difference between balsamic vinegar and white balsamic vinegar? ›

White Balsamic Vinegar While similar to its classic counterpart, white balsamic is a milder and slightly less-sweet version. It's primarily made in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna by cooking white Trebbiano grapes, but at a higher pressure and lower temperature, to retain its pale and golden hue.

What is the stabilizer in a vinaigrette? ›

An emulsifier is used in a vinaigrette to stabilize the oil and vinegar. Common emulsifiers include egg yolks, soy lecithin, and mustard. These ingredients all include lecithin--the stabilizing compound. In many vinaigrettes, mustard is the go-to stabilizer.

What is the best emulsifier for salad dressing? ›

Egg yolks or Mayonnaise

The lecithin found in egg yolks has a natural affinity for both oil and water, making it an effective emulsifier. When combined with vigorous whisking or blending, the egg yolks help create a stable, creamy emulsion that imparts a luxurious mouthfeel to your dressing.

Which vinegar is best for vinaigrette? ›

In addition to white wine vinegar, red wine, sherry, balsamic and cider vinegars can all be used in the same quantities as above. It's really down to personal taste and it's great to have a selection of vinegars in your cupboard to give variety to even the simplest salads.

What's the difference between balsamic dressing and vinaigrette? ›

Balsamic vinegar is pure vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is dark brown in color and has a very robust, slightly sweet flavor. Balsamic vinaigrette is a mixture made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and/or other spices. It is typically used as a salad dressing but has other uses in the kitchen as well.

How do you make a vinaigrette less sweet? ›

Increase the red wine vinegar to the dressing to decrease the sweetness. Start with small amount and mix it in. Then taste if it is still sweeter than you like add a little more, until you achieve the taste you like.

How do you fix dressing that is too sweet? ›

If your dressing is too sweet

Balance it out with a pinch of salt or something savory such as capers, miso, soy sauce, or tahini.

How do you reduce the taste of vinegar in salad dressing? ›

- Add some sugar or honey to the dish. Sugar and honey can counteract the sourness of vinegar and add some sweetness to the dish. You can start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste.

How can a chef alter the flavor of a mayonnaise other than using a flavored vinegar or adjusting seasonings? ›

You can add other ingredients to the mayonnaise to create different flavor profiles. Mustard is a common addition to mayonnaise dressings, as are fresh herbs and garlic. You can also use other ingredients, such as sour cream, yogurt, and fruit juices, as the main dressing ingredients.

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