Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing

Tangy, smooth and healthy! Our Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing is a great addition to just about any salad you have in your recipe box! With a hint of dijon, basil and garlic, this is seriously the best balsamic dressing we’ve ever tasted. The magic happens with the immersion blender… thats our secret to making it oh so creamy!

Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing in mini glass pitcher

A lot of times, when Ashley and I don’t have the time to cook for ourselves, we will throw together a salad with some of the refrigerator staples we have on hand. We try to make it as healthy as possible but we are know that goes to you know where when we dump ranch on it ;( We wanted something that was more than just oil, but didn’t compromise the healthy dish we were shooting for. This dressing is the answer to that problem! Its creamy and feels thicker then a typical balsamic. Its rich in a flavor and takes our salads to the next level. Did I mention its Whole 30 compliant also? 😉

Is balsamic vinegar the same as balsamic vinaigrette?

The quick answer is no they aren’t. A balsamic vinaigrette usually involves adding oil, sugar, and/or mustard to your balsamic vinegar, as well as seasonings like garlic, salt, and pepper. Balsamic vinaigrette can be made in a way that makes it healthier then several other salad dressing options, it can’t compare to simply using the vinegar and oil.

How long does opened balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing last in the refrigerator?

Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing that has been continuously refrigerated will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 9 months. That would absolutely hold true with the recipe you are making today.

Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing Ingredients

Ingredients for our Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon deli mustard
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 teaspoon fresh parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 teaspoon fresh basil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to make the dressing:

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or blender.

2. Blend using an immersion mixer or blender until creamy.

3. May be served immediately or stored in refrigerator.

Blending Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing with immersion blender

One of the best parts of this recipe is that most people have the ingredients on hand. There really isn’t anything too obscure or specialized. This results in you being able to throw together this amazing addition without spending a dime! We specifically created this recipe to pair with our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad but it can go on any salad you little ol’ heart desires!

Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing being poured over Strawberry Spinach Salad
Yield: 1 cup

Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing

Creamy Light Balsamic Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon deli mustard
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 teaspoon fresh parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 teaspoon fresh basil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or blender.
  2. Blend using an immersion mixer or blender until creamy.
  3. May be served immediately or stored in refridgerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

If refrigerating, it is best to set dressing out 15 minutes prior to serving to allow olive oil to liquify. Shake well.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)


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