Simple Balsamic Dressing

Simple Balsamic Dressing


  • Equal parts of Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Honey (optional)

Not all balsamic vinegars are equal. The super cheap and novelty bottles are definitely not suggested. However, use something you like the taste of by itself. Most of the time, I just use the Kirkland brand from Costco.

Olive oil is also a matter of preference. I prefer Trader Joe’s, or Costco Kirkland olive oils, virgin or extra virgin.

In a dressing container, pour in equal parts of balsamic and olive oil- or pour to taste whether you prefer it more oily or vinegary.

Peel the garlic cloves- around six, or however many to taste- and smash using a garlic smasher, blender, or mortar and pistol. Add the garlic to the mixture.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Make sure the lid is secure, and that your thumb is on the lid, and shake it up.

At this point, the dressing is pretty much done unless you prefer some sweetness, then add honey to taste. I prefer clover, but really, any honey will do. That’s the beauty of it. Keep it simple!

Use the simple dressing for all salads, hot and cold, as well as for cooking and marinating meats. It also works well for dipping various toasted and untoasted breads (with butter, even better!). I always keep a bottle of this on the counter and pretty much use it on the daily!

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