The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

Posted on: October 19, 2022. Updated on: July 11, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

This week the Internet was eager to find Olivia Wilde’s salad dressing recipe. It took a few days, and she delivered. Supposedly, the salad dressing everyone has been so excited to try only requires three ingredients: mustard, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Sounds a little incomplete if you ask me, so I decided to share a better recipe: my go-to balsamic vinaigrette. This dressing lives in my fridge, I use it on salads, I use it as a marinade or a dip for fresh bread. Yes, it really is that good!  It will leave you coming back for more and giving a cold shoulder to the store bought ones.

The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Servings: 8 to 12
Prep: 5 minutes


  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of kosher salt, about 1 teaspoon


  1. Add the shallot, garlic, balsamic vinegar, honey or sugar, Dijon mustard, and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth. While blending, slowly stream in the olive oil to emulsify. Taste and adjust to taste. This keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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25 thoughts on "The Best Balsamic Vinaigrette"

  1. Virginia Martinez says:

    Cant wait to try this!

  2. Cheryl says:

    This looks amazing. Making it tomorrow. Thank you your recipes are always so fun to make !

    1. Carolina says:

      That makes me so happy, Cheryl 🙂

  3. Brenda Bachand says:

    Found it!!!
    Can’t wait to try it. 💗

  4. Evelyn says:

    Love this recipe ty

  5. Jenny says:

    Love the added shallot.

  6. Mindy says:

    You are dreamy!

  7. Barbara Hanley says:

    Following you for a long time. From a retired pastry chef, thanks for so may great recipes!

    1. Carolina says:

      I’m so grateful to have you here, Barbara!!!

  8. Ella says:

    Do you think this would be nice without the mustard?

    1. Carolina says:

      The mustard is mostly there to help the dressing emulsify, it’s not a huge flavor component 🙂 But yes, it’ll be tasty without mustard as well!

  9. Anna says:

    This is delicious. Definitely my new go to dressing.

  10. Yonah Sarah says:

    We loved it. Perfection. Thanks for sharing <3

  11. Apurva Desai says:

    Thank you for this Yummy and quick dressing recipe. My first time making one of your recipes, excited to try the others as well.

  12. Turry says:

    Perfectly blended!

  13. Samantha says:

    So good! Really tastes like restaurant balsamic dressing. Boyfriend doesn’t even like salads and he ate this one up! Thank you

  14. Marni says:

    A pinch of salt, or one teaspoon?

  15. Yvonne Kehoe says:

    Love your recipes! Can’t wait to try this dressing. May I ask what brand balsamic vinegar you use? thank you!

  16. Hazel says:

    Definitely gonna try to make it tomorrow. Thank you 😊

  17. amany khalifa says:

    Yes indeed

  18. Tanya says:

    Just made this, SO delicious! My new go-to dressing to have on hand. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

  19. Megan says:

    It was so good!

    1. Carolina says:

      Happy to hear you made it! 🙂

  20. Amy says:

    Love this dressing! But I came back to make another batch and the recipe is gone!! 🙁

    1. Carolina says:

      So glad you like it, I just sent you an email with the recipe.
      My website has been acting up so I just had a chance to upload it.