There’s nothing like the perfect salad dressing to make a salad delicious! And that’s exactly what my Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette does—makes your salad pop!
Why Do I Make Homemade Salad Dressing?
Why do I make my own salad dressing? Honestly, homemade dressings just take minutes to make and they taste so much better. And despite the claims of some popular salad dressing manufacturers, there are still plenty of additives and highly processed ingredients in most dressings.
In fact, Kraft just started airing this commercial where they tell us to “assume nothing” when it comes to bottled salad dressings and then they go on to say:
Unlike some other guys these Kraft dressings have no artificial flavors, no synthetic colors. No wonder it tastes so good.
What’s the catch? This claim is only true for 3 varieties of Kraft dressing: Classic Caesar, Zesty Italian, and Classic Ranch. Unfortunately Kraft is right—you should “assume nothing” when it comes to most big food company commercials!
And when I visited my local grocery store this morning what did I find in Kraft’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing? Here’s the ingredient list:
Although there aren’t any artificial colors added, there are still plenty of added sugars (grape juice and sugar), highly processed oils, gums and stabilizers that are increasingly linked to digestive issues, and flavor additives like potassium sorbate and calcium disodium EDTA.
My Recommendation When It Comes to Salad Dressings
So what’s my recommendation? If you’re looking to clean up your diet, I still think mixing up your own salad dressing is the best choice, and it only takes a few minutes to make! What do you think?
My Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe
If you’re on board with making your salad dressings from scratch, get ready to give my delicious, homemade Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette a try. Here’s the recipe!
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- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
- ¾ teaspoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Blend together the oil, vinegar, mayonnaise/yogurt, garlic, mustard, and maple syrup/honey until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
If looking for a thinner dressing or trying to reduce calories, add 1-2 tablespoons of water before blending.
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
- Cuisinart’s immersion blender comes is handy when making this Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette, although my high-speed Blendtec blender does make this salad dressing extra creamy and delicious!
- Looking for something to mix up your salad dressing in? Mason jars are a great option that most of us have on hand. I especially love these 16-ounce mason jars. Their wide mouth makes it easy to pour in ingredients, and the graduated measurements along the sides allow for the quick addition of just the right amount of oil and vinegar. And to top things off, they work well with immersion blenders for no-fuss, quick prep.
- Do you bring salads to work or school for lunch but hate the mess that salad dressing containers can make? Then here are two great options. GoToob travel bottles are not only perfect for your travel needs, but they’re amazing for salad dressing on the go. Made from food grade silicon (100% BPA/polycarbonate free), these bottles are simply amazing. I can personally vouch for them—they’ve NEVER leaked on me yet! Can your travel bottle say that? The other option that I have less experience with (but many folks swear by) are the Dressing 2-Go squeeze bottles.
- Finally, if you’re looking for a high quality mayonnaise made with real ingredients, Primal Kitchen and Chosen Foods are both great options.