For the longest time, I would only dress my salad with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, and possibly some cracked pepper if I was feeling spicy. Salad dressings were intimidating and seemed like they required a lot of prep or ingredients. All of that changed when I discovered this super quick, easy salad dressing recipe.
My boyfriend taught me the foundation for this recipe, which in and of itself makes an incredible dressing and only requires three ingredients. But I took it a step further to add a couple of additional flavor elements.
With our powers combined, I now have a recipe that I top on pretty much every salad I make, and it takes me less than 5-minutes to put together.
Easy & Healthy Salad Dressing: Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette
Because this recipe is so quick, I don’t ever make it in bulk. I’ll make just enough for a big salad for two. What tool do you need? I recommend grabbing a measuring spoon and a small jar with a lid. If you don’t have a small lidded jar, you can make this in a small cup too. You just won’t be able to shake it as enthusiastically. In that case, opt for stirred (not shaken).
As an FYI, I make my salad dressings bold. That means I generally use about equal parts vinegar and oil. If you prefer a milder dressing, opt for an oil to vinegar ratio of 2:1.
In all, this amazing salad dressing recipe takes less than 5-minutes to make. Here’s what you need:
1. Pour the balsamic vinegar into the jar and add a sprinkle of Himalayan salt. Set aside for about 3-minutes to let the balsamic “eat” the salt.
2. Add the olive oil, mustard, and optional honey, and close the jar with the lid.
3. Shake shake shake the dressing until it’s well-blended.
4. You’re ready to go! Drizzle it over your lunch or dinner salad, and top it with some fresh cracked pepper if you’re feeling fancy. Enjoy!
More Than Just A Salad Dressing
This salad dressing doesn’t have to be limited to a bed of greens. You can use it as a flavor-packed dip for veggies or crackers. Or drizzle it over some steamed veggies and protein. I’ll top it on some sautéed vegetables and pan-fried salmon too.
In case you didn’t know, balsamic vinegar offers some pretty great health benefits too.
1. Low in Calories, & Satisfying
Balsamic vinegar is packed with flavor, yet only has 5 calories per teaspoon. You don’t need a ton of balsamic to satisfy your taste buds either. A little bit goes a long way, which can help you moderate your calorie consumption.
When you make your own balsamic vinaigrette at home, you also know what you’re putting in your body. A lot of store bought salad dressings contain highly processed vegetable oils, stabilizers, chemicals, and preservatives. With this simple and quick homemade dressing, you know exactly what you’re getting. And it’s all really good for your body.
2. Good For Your Blood Pressure & Heart
Did you know that balsamic vinegar decreases atherosclerosis and the hardening of your arteries? No wonder Italians are known to live so long! Additionally, regular consumption of balsamic vinegar can help normalize your blood pressure.
3. Antioxidant Protection
Balsamic vinegar is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, thereby protecting your cells from damage and decreasing your chances of lifestyle related disease. They can also help strengthen your immune system.
Those are some pretty compelling reasons to include more balsamic vinegar in your diet. So, the next time you make a big ass salad, give this salad dressing a try and let me know what you think!