Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Nothing beats a delicious homemade balsamic dressing. We loving making this easy creamy balsamic vinaigrette dressing ourselves. This healthy salad dressing is ready in just minutes. It works great as a salad dressing, a dip or a marinade for many different proteins!
Servings: 12 servings
- 2 cloves garlic
- 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons honey (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 cup olive oil
Add half the olive oil, and all of the balsamic vinegar, garlic and mayonnaise to a blender or food processor. If making by hand with a whisk, see notes below.
Now, add the honey and the dijon mustard.
Lastly, add in the dry seasonings to the blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth and emulsified, about 1 minute and 30 seconds, streaming in the remaining olive oil while you do so.
Store in a clean jar in the fridge for up to 7 days. Allow to cool in the fridge before serving.
You can make this dressing by hand by using a whisk or a mason jar if you prefer. Here’s a few tips to do it:
- You can use any sweetener that you want in place of honey if you prefer to eat completely sugar free. The honey added in this recipe adds a minimal impact when spread out over multiple servings.
- Look for the balsamic vinegar with the lowest amount of carbs if you are watching those.
- You can use any dried seasonings you like. You can also substitute fresh garlic for garlic powder if you prefer.
- Avocado oil can be substituted for olive oil.
- Greek yogurt can be substituted for mayonnaise.
- Mince the garlic extremely fine, or just use garlic powder instead, since you won’t have a high power tool to emulsify everything.
- You will need to whisk (or shake) vigorously to ensure everything gets emulsified.
- The dressing will likely separate as it sits in the fridge. This is not a problem, and you can easily fix it by shaking it up again before using it. This is very common with homemade dressings, especially if you don’t use a blender or food processor.
Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg