The best balsamic dressing

The best balsamic dressing

I have never served this dressing to anyone who hasn’t commented on it. It’s hands down the most delicious dressing I have ever tasted.

The recipe for this dressing was born when I asked a co-worker to pick me up a lunch, back when I lived in Toronto. When he brought me a salad from one of my favourite restaurants, I expected to have a nice quick fresh lunch. What I didn’t expect was to have the best salad of my life.

That week I worked relentlessly in attempt to replicate the dressing: it’s thick emulsified consistency, sweet fruity herb-like flavour and the ultimate balance of sweetness and tartness. Few days later – success at last!

So here’s my most treasured salad dressing. Takes minutes to prepare it and expect to be pleasantly surprised with its flavour.

DifficultyBeginner

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time5 mins

 2 tbsp honey
 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tsp pepper
 1 large garlic clove, minced
 ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
 ¾ cup oil
 ½ tsp oregano
 1 tsp basil
 1 tbsp shallot, minced, optional

1

Whisk everything except oil well. While whisking, pour oil in a steady stream and keep whisking until emulsified. Alternatively place everything in a mason jar and shake vigorously.

Troubleshooting:
2

If the dressing ever separates in the fridge, place the jar with the dressing in it in a pot of hot water. This will melt the oil, at which point you can re-whisk the dressing.

Ingredients

 2 tbsp honey
 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
 ½ tsp salt
 ½ tsp pepper
 1 large garlic clove, minced
 ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
 ¾ cup oil
 ½ tsp oregano
 1 tsp basil
 1 tbsp shallot, minced, optional

Directions

1

Whisk everything except oil well. While whisking, pour oil in a steady stream and keep whisking until emulsified. Alternatively place everything in a mason jar and shake vigorously.

Troubleshooting:
2

If the dressing ever separates in the fridge, place the jar with the dressing in it in a pot of hot water. This will melt the oil, at which point you can re-whisk the dressing.

Balsamic Dressing

Happens to be Vegetarian.

Make it Vegan: omit honey.

Make it Low Carb/Keto/Paleo: omit honey, use Paleo-approved mustard.

Happens to be Dairy-Free.

Happens to be Gluten-Free: as with all gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free and not cross-contaminated, this includes your mustard.

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