Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)

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This homemade Creamy Balsamic Dressing combines the rich, tangy taste of balsamic vinegar with a hint of sweetness and a luxuriously smooth texture. Ideal for dressing salads or used as a marinade, this versatile sauce enhances any dish.

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Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)

Ingredients & Alternatives

  • Balsamic Vinegar: This main ingredient gives the dressing its unique flavor. Originating from Italy, balsamic vinegar is perfect for salads, marinades, and more.
  • Mustard: Dijon mustard not only flavors the dressing but also acts as an emulsifier to bind the oil and vinegar. Whole-grain mustard is a suitable substitute. Yellow mustard is not recommended due to its weaker emulsifying properties.
  • Honey: Adds a delicate sweetness, balancing the acidity of the vinegar.
  • Poppy Seeds: These add a subtle crunch and a nutty flavor, but can be omitted if preferred.
  • Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is recommended for its flavor and health benefits. It should be incorporated slowly to achieve the perfect emulsion.

Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)

Can You Make This Without a Food Processor?

Absolutely! While a food processor makes the job quicker, a blender or immersion blender can be used effectively. You could also mix manually with a whisk; just remember to add the oil gradually to maintain an emulsion.

Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)

Storing Your Dressing

Keep the vinaigrette in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Shake well before using to recombine the ingredients.

Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)


  • ½ cup (128 g) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black poppy seeds
  • 1 cup (213 g) extra virgin olive oil


Blend the Ingredients:

In the bowl of a food processor, combine balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds. Blend until smooth.

Emulsify the Dressing:

With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to blend until the mixture thickens and becomes creamy.


Transfer the dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate. Use within two weeks for best flavor.

Luxurious Creamy Balsamic Dressing (Vinaigrette)

Enjoy this dressing over your favorite salads, as a drizzle over grilled vegetables, or as a delicious marinade for meats. Its rich flavor and creamy texture are sure to elevate any dish.

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