Turn Your Boring Salad Interesting With Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

Originally from Italy, balsamic vinegar is used as a condiment in many parts of the world today. You can easily make it at home using the simple recipes provided here.
Balsamic vinegar is a dark-colored, sweet-smelling vinegar made from unfermented grape juice or white wine. It is slowly aged in wooden barrels for a specific duration (every region and chef has his own duration of aging this vinegar). Nowadays, it is easily available in several parts of the world and is used in regular as well as gourmet cooking.

Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 finely chopped shallot
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste (¼ teaspoon each)
Method of Preparation
  • Mix the olive oil and vinegar together to form a fine mixture.
  • Now add the shallot, salt, and pepper to this mixture.
  • Put the mixture in a jar and shake well. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an air tight jar.
Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon of oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of basil
  • ½ teaspoon of parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper
Method of Preparation
  • Add all the herbs, sugar, salt, pepper, and vinegar in the food processor and process to mix well.
  • Now add vegetable oil and extra virgin olive oil part by part in the processor and keep processing.
  • Your dressing will be ready, once a fine mixture is formed.
Balsamic Vinegar Spinach Salad

Ingredients
  • 200 grams of baby spinach leaves
  • 200 grams of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese for garnish
  • Salt to taste
Method of Preparation
  • Wash and dry spinach leaves and tomatoes.
  • Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt together to form a homogeneous mixture. The dressing is ready. You can use it right away or refrigerate for later use.
  • Chop the spinach or use it directly. Mix spinach and chopped or whole cherry tomatoes in a large bowl.
  • Add the salad dressing just before serving.
  • Top with cheese and serve immediately.
Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
Method of Preparation
  • Beat the balsamic vinegar in a bowl with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • Add olive oil to this mixture and whisk continuously. You should mix well to form a homogeneous mixture. The dressing is ready.
  • Make a salad using spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, celery, and onion.
  • Add a few tablespoons of the dressing just before serving.
  • Garnish with cheese (cheddar, Parmesan, or blue) and serve immediately.
It is a low-fat salad dressing, but contain high amounts of sodium. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar dressing contains around 0.5-1 gram of sodium, 1 gram of carbohydrates, 1 gram of sugar, and 0 grams of proteins. When talking about the calorie content, 1 tablespoon contains 15-20 calories.

Isn't the dressing easy to make? For your next party of gathering, you can make your own tasty salads by using this homemade Italian salad dressing. Good luck!
Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar with Crusty French Bread