On Sunday, I enjoyed my very first Mother’s Day… Joseph slept in, my husband cooked me breakfast and we spent the day with my family and my in-laws. It was wonderful! We all ate at my in-laws and had a great spread of food, which included my father-in-law’s famous meatballs and eggplant parmesan. My aunt brought a large salad with tons of “stuff” in it (Seinfeld reference, anyone?)… and the best part? The dressing!
Salad is hardly ever the highlight of a meal for me, but this one was fantastic. I asked my aunt what type of dressing she used; she said it was a balsamic vinaigrette with honey and that she would email it to me. As soon as it popped up in my inbox, I threw together a batch and had my own big salad for lunch!
Aside from my mom’s awesome Italian dressing, I really don’t do anything fancy with my salad dressings – I usually just sprinkle some salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil and vinegar directly onto the salad. Having a jar of dressing already made in the refrigerator eliminates one step in the process and makes it that much more likely that I’ll actually eat something healthy for lunch.
I’m typically not a fan of balsamic vinaigrettes, as I tend to find them way too tangy, but the addition of honey sweetens it up just enough to provide great balance. I just may be turning the corner on salads after all!
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- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ¼ cup (63.75 ml) balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoons dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) ground black pepper
- ¾ cup (162 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- Place the crushed garlic clove in the bottom of a mason jar or other airtight container. Add the vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Cover the jar and shake vigorously to combine.
- Add the olive oil, cover and again and shake vigorously. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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Love this dressing. I made a tiny process change. I grated my garlic so it infused throughout.
Good idea. I was just wondering what to do about the garlic…I’m not a fan of lots of garlic, especially in big chunks. Grating it is a great idea and I can just do a half of a clove of garlic.
I love this salad dressing, I use it all the tme
What are the grams (carbs) in this recipe ?
Hi Trudie, I don’t know, as I don’t calculate the nutritional values for recipes.
Your recipe sounds delicious. I’m looking for a dressing to drizzel over brussell sprouts.
Would you use this?
Hi Rosalyn, I’m sure it would be delicious!
The food looks good to eat honey, I like bees about food and drink.
I prefer a dressing leaning to more a vinegar taste so I made this using 1/2C olive oil rather than 3/4. It is delicious, my husband loved it and he is not a big balsamic fan. Making again today !
I do not have Dijon mustard, will yellow work as well?
Hi Pauline, I would find yellow to be too pungent for a dressing like this.
I made this tonight for a family BBQ. I like to bring salads so I know I have something I enjoy to eat. As always, your recipes are reliable and delicious. I will be making this dressing often over the summer! Thank you!
Hands down one of my favorite recipes on the internet ! I can drink this stuff from the bottle. Thank you for sharing.
Big thumbs up! Brought the dressing to a cookout yesterday; everyone loved it.
I can always count on BEB for wonderful recipes.I’ll make thi over and over again.
Went through two batches since this was posted! Great tasting dressing, and not too sweet! Thanks for posting!
Thanks! Made this last week and used it on roasted asparagus. Yummy!! This week I’m using on a salad with butter lettuce, blue cheese, walnuts, spring onions and blackberries.
Made this tonight and it’s to die for! Thanks a bunch :)
After all these comments, I’m definitely going to try making my own salad dressing. (I usually buy Paul Newman’s light balsamic dressing). That 3-2-1 recipe sounds like a winner!
My favorite dressing is just like that, but take out the garlic, add in a few strawberries or a handful of raspberries and whir in the blender. Homemade salad dressing is so much better than anything store-bought.
Thanks for this recipe. I like balsamic viniagrette but usually sweeten it with sugar & have trouble getting it to dissolve. Never thought to use honey.
I make a very similar vinaigrette and will sometimes use maple syrup in place of the honey for a little different flavor.
your father-in-law’s meatball eggplant parm sounds delicious! do you think you could share that recipe as well!?!?
Hi Alisa, It’s just a plain eggplant parm, but I will work on that! I’ve never made it myself, so I’ll give it a go here soon :)
how sweet does this come out.? I am not into sweet dressings, but would love to try this, maybe cut back 2 TB of honey? anyone tried it? do all the ingredients just balance each other out?
Hi Karl, Not very sweet; the honey is just enough to cut the tanginess of the balsamic vinegar. Of course, taste is all relative!
Seven or eight years ago I found a recipe for 3-2-1 Honey Balsamic dressing on a now defunct blog (can’t remember the name of the blog). It consists of 3 parts oil, 2 parts balsamic vinegar, and 1 part honey with salt and pepper to taste. The “parts” can be any volume you wish. Since I’m a single, it’s usually 1 or 2 tablespoons. I’ve made a lot of variations of this, substituting lemon or lime juice for the balsamic. One of my favorites is to substitute 1 part red wine vinegar and 1 part lemon juice for the 2 parts of balsamic. I’m extremely fond of the honey-lime variation which is especially good with salads containing fruit. A version substituting cider vinegar and maple syrup is good, too.
Sometimes I add dijon or soy sauce, which really adds an interesting taste to the salad dressing.
What a great “trick”! This will be easy to remember when I want to make a quick dressing on the fly and don’t want to pull out a recipe. :)
Awesome tip, thank you for sharing!
Love the addition of honey! I always make my own vinaigrette so am happy to have another version!
As always, your blog is a delight. I love seeing Joseph progress, what an adorable angel, and trying your recipes is a joy. I’m looking forward to trying this one. I have become obsessed with the Date Bites – Yum!
Thanks for all you do on your blog. You’re doing a great job!
I have the same recipe I found on all-recipes online and make it all the time. It really is amazing. But the one thing I do different is I use roasted garlic instead of just plain. Who doesn’t like roasted garlic! Thanks for sharing!
thank you-am making this right away!
Looks super delish! Guess I need to run to the store and get some salad and “stuff” for it ;)