A good balsamic dressing is a necessity in any recipe box.
It’s especially necessary in our house, because this balsamic dressing is the only way I can get my husband to eat salads! Despite all of the tasty dressings I’ve created, to help change up the flavors of our salads, Austin is a creature of habit–> and this sweet and tangy dressing is a must, as far as he’s concerned.
Not that I blame him. This dressing is easy to prepare and does taste amazing!
I don’t love the amount of oil most recipes call for, so to keep the vinegar flavor balanced, I’ve replaced half of the oil with pure water. The result is a slightly thinner dressing, but the taste is still perfect. Remember, we don’t want to cut out all of the fat in our dressings, because we need fat to absorb many of the vitamins and nutrients found in our salad vegetables– particularly vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Paired with fresh shallot and nutrient-rich honey, this dressing will rival any restaurant version!
Honey Balsamic Dressing
makes about 1 cup
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
2 small garlic cloves, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until completely smooth and emulsified. Allow to chill for 4 hours before serving, for best flavor and texture. Shake well before serving.
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallot
- 2 small garlic cloves, or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until completely smooth and emulsified.
- Allow to chill for 4 hours before serving, for best flavor and texture. Shake well before serving.
This dressing pairs well with a variety of salad combinations. Whether you’re topping your leafy greens with crumbled goat cheese, sliced avocado or grilled chicken, this dressing is sure to be a hit!
*Note: For a sugar-free version, feel free to substitute stevia for the honey, to taste.
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