Not loving store bought vinaigrette with ingredient lists a mile long and less than delicious flavor? Have no fear! This easy, homemade lemon balsamic dressing comes together in no time!
Often, dressing can make or break a salad. Fortunately, this dressing is packed with flavor that will amp up any salad. And you can make it ahead and store it in the fridge for later.
Homemade Balsamic Salad Dressing
Not only does this recipe use pantry staples you probably already have on hand, but it’s easily customizable, too!
All you need for this base recipe is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, dijon mustard, and garlic.
Feel free to leave out the garlic for simplicity, or mix up the vinegar with something else. Try red wine or apple cider vinegar instead of the balsamic. (Hot tip: apple cider vinaigrette is perfect for fall).
To make it sweeter, experiment with adding honey or maple syrup. Whatever you do, I have no doubt it will be delicious!
Once you get the hang of this recipe, you won’t need to bother getting measuring cups/spoons dirty, either. You’ll be able to eyeball it in no time.
How to Make Lemon Balsamic Dressing
To make this recipe, simply whisk together your oil, vinegar, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and optional garlic. Or, combine in a jar, screw on the lid, and shake vigorously.
It’s so easy, you’ll never need to buy it from the store again!
You can even make a large batch and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Just make sure to shake it up when you’re ready to use it again, as some of the ingredients can separate over time.
Then serve drizzled atop your favorite salad! It’s super versatile – goes great with a simple green salad, a crispy cucumber and tomato salad, grain salad, pasta salad, or even roasted vegetables. The tangy flavor especially compliments the sweetness of fruit in salads.
Honestly, I’d try this dressing on anything, it’s just that good.
You’ll find the full homemade lemon balsamic dressing recipe at the bottom of this post.
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Looking for some tasty salad recipes? Check these out:
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Peaches (Caprese Salad)
- Late Summer Arugula Salad
- Sesame Shrimp and Watermelon Salad
- Mediterranean Bulgur Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
- Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe
- Crunchy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- Grilled Steak and Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Honey Lime Chicken with Grilled Peach & Corn Salad
- Kale and Quinoa Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic, red wine, or apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced (optional)
- Juice from half a lemon
- Salt & cracked pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl and serve drizzled atop your favorite salad!