Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

This balsamic basil vinaigrette is quick and easy to make. This delicious salad dressing highlights the fresh taste of basil and the tangy, subtly sweet flavor of balsamic vinegar.

What to serve with it

I like to toss this basil balsamic salad dressing with baby spinach, arugula, or any type of lettuce. Some chopped vine-ripened tomatoes or roasted peppers are a tasty addition to the salad as well.

Balsamic basil vinaigrette in a glass bowl surrounded by basil leaves.

Ingredients and substitutions

Any type of fresh basil will work well in this recipe. I used sweet basil (that’s the most common variety that’s typically available at most grocery stores). Thai basil would be delicious in this vinaigrette recipe too.

Balsamic vinegar adds a slightly sweet, tangy flavor to this salad dressing. I used regular balsamic vinegar, which is dark brown in color, but you can substitute white balsamic vinegar if you prefer.

A small amount of Dijon mustard helps thicken this vinaigrette. The smooth variety works better than the grainy variety, in my opinion.

How to make it

Add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped basil, Dijon mustard, and salt to an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid.

Ingredients for balsamic dressing in a plastic container.

Shake until the ingredients are well mixed and the dressing has thickened slightly.

Balsamic dressing in a plastic container.

Storage

Use this balsamic basil vinaigrette immediately or store in the fridge for up to five days.

Basil balsamic salad dressing in a glass bowl next to some fresh basil leaves.

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Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

This balsamic basil vinaigrette is quick and easy to make. This salad dressing is delicious tossed with lettuce, spinach, arugula, or any other type of greens you like.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 170.1kcal

Equipment

  • Airtight container with tight-fitting lid

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chopped basil, Dijon mustard, and salt to an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Shake vigorously until the ingredients are well mixed and the dressing has thickened slightly.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to five days.

Notes

  • Toss this vinaigrette with fresh salad greens. Vine-ripened tomatoes would be a tasty addition to the salad as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 170.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 18.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13.2g | Sodium: 127.2mg | Potassium: 17.8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1.6g | Vitamin A: 36.9IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5.9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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