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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette made with fresh herbs and tangy Dijon mustard is lovely drizzled over green salads or grilled meats. We love this vinaigrette all year long and keep a jar in the fridge. 

Balsamic Vinaigrette over salad on plate.

What’s your favorite salad dressing? When I was a kid, I loved Thousand Island dressing, French dressing (the orange kind that doesn’t resemble anything French!) and Catalina. As I got older, I learned to like Ranch dressing and then Italian vinaigrette and now I pretty much only eat vinaigrettes.

My favorite is my easy Lemon Vinaigrette, which is a true French dressing recipe that was shared from an old-school French lady who lives in a castle. True story.

Balsamic Dressing over salad on table.

And I love this Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe! It’s made with chopped fresh herbs and tangy Dijon mustard, and it’s bold and flavorful. We like this dressing best over simple green salads, but it also makes a nice finishing drizzle over grilled meats, like steak or chicken.

This recipe has been in my collection for many years and came from an old Bon Appetit magazine. It’s one of those enduring recipes that needs no changes but lends itself to tweaks depending on what you’re serving.

Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

I like to use fresh basil, tarragon, and thyme in this balsamic vinaigrette recipe, but you could mix and match with different herbs: parsley, oregano, maybe a little rosemary or savory. There are endless possibilities! Throw in a little minced shallot and that’s all the chopping you have to do.

You want to make sure that you use a high quality balsamic vinegar for this recipe as that makes the biggest difference in flavor. I use the Kirkland brand from Costco because it’s imported from Italy and has excellent balance of acidity and body. Also, be sure you use a high quality extra-virgin olive oil, which you should always do when making a vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vinaigrette in a jar is great on salads.

Be sure you check out my Green Salad with Arugula and Fresh Herbs, as it would be a perfect salad for this balsamic vinaigrette!

Balsamic Vinaigrette in a jar is great on salads.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Balsamic Vinaigrette made with fresh herbs and tangy Dijon mustard is lovely drizzled over green salads or grilled meats. 


  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh basil or other herb
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh tarragon or other herb
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh thyme or other herb
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine vinegar and sugar in a shaker and shake until blended. Add Dijon mustard, herbs, and a little salt and pepper, and shake until well blended. Gradually pour in olive oil and shake until well blended. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed.


Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, 2002.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Saturated Fat: 3gSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 4gSugar: 3g

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Holly Irwin

Saturday 26th of August 2017

Hi Lucy, I needed a good vinaigrette recipe! Thanks!! I like even more that it was from a French lady in a castle! xo Holly