This easy homemade Creamy Balsamic Dressing is made in just a few minutes! It’s got the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors to go with your favorite salads.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- No Dishes– Use a mason jar to mix your ingredients and shake! You can even store any leftovers in the same jar.
- Classic, Balanced Flavor – Balsamic salad dressing is your favorite restaurant-style salad dressing, it’s rich, savory, sweet, and tangy.
- Simple Ingredients – All of these items are probably already in your kitchen! You can make this recipe for balsamic dressing any time!
Ingredients In Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Easy ingredients can make the most delicious homemade salad dressing!
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
- Balsamic Vinegar: The main flavor in any recipe for balsamic dressing, this rich, aged vinegar has umami flavor notes as well as hints of sour and bitterness.
- Olive Oil: Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil when making salad dressings. It makes all the difference.
- Greek Yogurt: Regular full-fat Greek yogurt is ideal, although you can also make this dressing with low-fat yogurt, mayonnaise, or even sour cream.
- Dijon Mustard: This adds a bit of tang and creaminess.
- Honey: Sweetness comes from just a tablespoon of honey.
- Seasonings: salt, pepper, and garlic powder finish up this tasty dressing.
How To Make Creamy Balsamic Dressing
- To a jar, add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Seal the jar and shake until well combined.
Shaking this up in a jar is fun and easy, but feel free to mix up the dressing in a bowl with a whisk if you don’t have a mason jar handy!
- Make it Vegan: Use a non-dairy yogurt and sweeten the balsamic dressing with maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey.
- Add Poppyseeds: When I make my Spinach and Strawberry salad with this dressing, I add a tablespoon of poppy seeds for a bit of crunch!
- More Flavor: Any fresh or dried herbs that you enjoy can be added to this dressing. I suggest using a half teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
- Adjust the consistency: If you find that your dressing is too thick, simply add a splash of water to thin it out. If you want it to be thicker, add more yogurt.
Storing Tips for Homemade Salad Dressings
This homemade balsamic dressing can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
It will likely separate after sitting in the fridge for a while. Simply shake it back up or whisk until it comes back together again before serving.
What To Serve With Creamy Balsamic Dressing
Try these other fresh homemade salad recipes. They each include a recipe for a tasty salad dressing too, or you can try them with this dressing instead!
This recipe isn’t vegan as written, but it’s simple to swap out ingredients to make it vegan if you’d like.
You can substitute the vinegar in this recipe if you like, but it won’t be a balsamic dressing without the balsamic vinegar!
Double or triple this recipe if you like! A large batch of creamy balsamic goes really well with a simple green salad at a party or BBQ when you need to feed a crowd.
This easy Creamy Balsamic Dressing is so delicious on all types of salads! Mix up a batch now, and Pin the recipe so you can make it again later.
- mason jar or other sealed container
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup Greek yogurt see note 1
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey see note 2
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- To a jar, add balsamic vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Seal and shake until well combined.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If it separates, seal the jar and shake or whisk the dressing until smooth.
- Greek yogurt can be replaced with non-dairy yogurt to make a vegan dressing. You can also use mayo or vegan mayo in place of yogurt if you’d like.
- Switch out the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup for a vegan option, or use your favorite sweetener.
- Other fresh or dried herbs can be added to this recipe. Try a half teaspoon of Italian Seasoning.
- The dressing will stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- If you don’t have a mason jar, mix up the ingredients in a bowl using a whisk instead.
- This recipe makes about ¾ cups of balsamic dressing. That’s 6 two-tablespoon servings, or enough to coat a family-sized salad.
- If you find that your dressing is too thick, simply add a splash of water to thin it out. If you want it to be thicker, add more yogurt.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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