Balsamic and Mustard Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette with Mustard
Diana Rattray
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cup (8 Servings)
Ratings (5)

 This dressing takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and it makes a fabulous sauce for mixed greens, cucumbers, or a basic tossed salad. 

The balsamic vinegar gives the vinaigrette a sweetness, while the mustard adds the spicy, pungent flavor. This is an excellent all-purpose dressing. If you like, add a little dried leaf basil or Italian seasoning to the mixture.

When you dress a salad, use just enough to highlight and flavor. Don't overdress or the salad will be  soggy and the ingredients will be overpowered by the dressing. 

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What You'll Need

  •  3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1/3 cup good quality balsamic vinegar**
  • 1 tablespoon good quality Dijon mustard or a favorite gourmet stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  1.  Combine all ingredients in a jar. Cover and shake until well blended. 
  2. Or, use a whisk or electric blender to combine the ingredients.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Serve with salads or cover and refrigerate until serving time. Shake again before pouring.

Makes 1 cup of salad dressing.

*If you need to cut back on the oil, use a good quality wine in place of up to 1/4 cup of the oil.

** A good quality balsamic vinegar will be rather sweet, but if your vinegar is not very sweet, add a little sugar or brown sugar to sweeten the dressing.

Suggested Salad Ingredients

  • Favorite salad mix or lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell pepper sticks (or chopped)
  • Chopped red or sweet onion
  • Sliced radish
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Sliced celery
  • Sliced or diced cucumber
  • Broccoli or cauliflower florets
  • Pecans or walnuts
  • Shredded cheddar or crumbled blue cheese

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