Category: Sauces and Dressings

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

It’s EASY to make Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, with only a few simple ingredients! This is a tasty way to top a favorite mixed green salad!
It's EASY to make Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, with only a few simple ingredients! This is a tasty way to top a favorite mixed green salad!

I love to make salad dressings from scratch. Over the years I’ve found some wonderful tasting recipes which I’ve added to this blog as time permits. Today I want to share with you a SUPER EASY recipe for homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I found the original recipe years ago in one of my cookbooks. It tastes wonderful, and I think you will love it! The recipe yield almost a cup of vinaigrette, so there is enough for quite a few salads.

Using fairly common ingredients, it only takes a few minutes to mix up a batch, which is incredibly convenient. Perfect for mixed green salads, this is a “go to” easy dressing to make in a pinch, or if you’re just wanting to try a new variety of salad dressing. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store, and make this dressing in the comfort of your own home in about 5 minutes or less!

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What Ingredients Will I Need?

The ingredients you will need to make this vinaigrette are fairly common household ingredients. They are olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, sugar, salt, pepper, and dried basil.

NOTE: If you have fresh basil available you can substitute that for dried basil. If you use fresh basil you will need a bit more in quantity than dried, but I have noted that amount in the printable recipe card. 

Common ingredients are used to make homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

How To Make Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Making this homemade balsamic vinaigrette couldn’t be any easier! Be sure to use a container with a secure-fitting lid. I like to use a pint jar when I make this. This recipe yields almost a cup of vinaigrette, so a pint jar is just the right size for the dressing. A pint jar holds approximately 8 ounces of liquid, and can be used to mix and store the salad dressing.

Measure the ingredients for the homemade balsamic vinaigrette into the container you are using. Securely attach the lid, and holding the lid on tight, shake the jar (or container) for a minute or two to fully combine the ingredients.

All ingredients for the vinaigrette are put in a pint jar before mixing.A pint jar is used to mix up the homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Drizzle the homemade balsamic vinaigrette over your favorite mixed green salad. Store any leftover vinaigrette, covered, in the refrigerator.

As the salad dressing chills in the fridge, it may thicken slightly. The next time you want to use it, simply take it out of the fridge a few minutes before using, and give it a good shake to re-mix.

The vinaigrette is drizzled onto a mixed green salad.

That’s it! See how easy it was to make homemade balsamic vinaigrette from scratch? This salad dressing has great flavor, and is a quick way to make your own salad dressing right in your own kitchen!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette used on mixed green salad.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have the opportunity to make this salad dressing sometime. It really is quite delicious! Take care, and come back again soon, ok?

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Original recipe source: The cookbook “What’s For Dinner?”, by Maryana Vollstedt, page 55, published by Chronicle Books, 1997

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

It's EASY to make Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, with only a few simple ingredients! This is a tasty way to top a favorite mixed green salad!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Servings: 15 Tablespoons
Calories Per Serving: 89 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil or 1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into the container you are using (container needs to hold at least 8 ounces). Securely attach the lid, and holding the lid on tight, shake the jar (or container) for a minute or two to fully combine the ingredients.

  2. Drizzle vinaigrette on a favorite green salad, serve and enjoy!

  3. Store unused vinaigrette in an airtight, covered container in the refrigerator. Before each use, remove from fridge a few minutes beforehand, and shake very well, to re-combine ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Make a batch of Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce in 10 minutes to use to make your favorite enchiladas, with this step by step EASY tutorial.
Make a batch of Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce in 10 minutes to use to make your favorite enchiladas, with this step by step EASY tutorial.

Do you like enchiladas? We sure do in our family! I typically keep a large can of store-bought enchilada sauce (for backup) in our pantry, but many times I forget to buy another one once it’s gone. If you’re like me, you don’t want to stop everything and run to the grocery store for one item (especially during Covid-19, right?). Have no fear!

It is so very simple to make it right at home. It’s a cinch to make 4 cups (32 ounces) of easy homemade enchilada sauce in only a few minutes! A LARGE can of enchilada sauce at the store is 28 ounces, so this recipe will give you a bit more that that (and it freezes well), so it’s a win-win.

Today I want to show you, step by step, how EASY it is to make this flavorful enchilada sauce. I found the handwritten recipe in my old recipe box, but there was no source noted to give credit where it is due! I’ve had the recipe for many years, and let me tell you, this is one great tasting red enchilada sauce! Here’s how to make it:

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What Ingredients Will I Need To Make The Sauce?

The ingredients you will use to make this delicious enchilada sauce are olive oil, flour, cocoa, tomato paste, sugar, water, and fresh garlic. You will also use the following spices to add the perfect flavor: chili powder, salt, oregano, basil, thyme, and ground cumin.

A collection of the ingredients used to make this enchilada sauce.

How To Make Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan on medium-low heat. Add flour, cocoa powder, salt, chili powder, sugar, minced fresh garlic, oregano, basil, cumin and thyme into a large saucepan. Stir these ingredients together until blended.

The mixture will be very thick and will be dark brown in color. Perfect! Cook for 1 minute on medium-low heat, stirring often.

Ingredients for the sauce are combined, then cooked until slightly thickened.Ingredients for easy homemade enchilada sauce are stirred before water is added.

Whisk or stir a small (6 oz.) can of tomato paste and 3 cups of water into the mixture until fully combined. Cook the easy homemade enchilada sauce on medium heat (uncovered) for 5-6 minutes. Stir often while it cooks. The enchilada sauce will thicken slightly as it cooks.

Once the sauce is slightly thickened, it is ready to be put to good use in a favorite enchilada recipe. That’s it! See how easy it is to make this sauce? 

Sauce is cooked until blended and slightly thickened.Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce is now ready to use in recipes.

Time To USE Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce!

I like to use a good flavored red sauce for my Easy Cheesy Enchiladas, and this sauce is perfect for that! Simply pour a base of the sauce on the bottom of the dish, add rolled filled enchiladas, and top them with more sauce, cheese and onions before baking. YUMMO!

A baking dish of enchiladas covered in easy homemade enchilada sauce.

After baking, I serve enchiladas (made with my easy homemade enchilada sauce) with dollops of sour cream and some chopped fresh cilantro. They’re delicious, and this wonderful homemade sauce plays a large part of that.

Baked enchiladas ready to serve, garnished with sour cream and cilantro.

I hope you will consider trying this easy to make homemade enchilada sauce. It really does taste GREAT! Any leftover sauce freezes well, so even if I only make 4-5 enchiladas for my husband and myself, I know I always have sauce ready for another round in our freezer.

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EASY Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Make a batch of Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce in 10 minutes to use to make your favorite enchiladas, with this step by step EASY tutorial.

Category: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy homemade enchilada sauce
Servings: 12 (1/3 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 66 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (canned)
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil on medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Add flour, cocoa, salt, chili powder, sugar, garlic, oregano, basil, cumin and thyme to pan. Stir until blended. Mixture will be thick and dark brown in color. Cook for 1 minute on medium-low heat, stirring often.

  2. Whisk or stir tomato paste and water into the mixture until fully combined. Cook sauce on medium heat (uncovered) for 5-6 minutes. Stir often while it cooks. The enchilada sauce will thicken slightly as it cooks.

  3. Once sauce has slightly thickened, remove from heat, and use in your favorite recipes. Sauce may be frozen, if stored in a sealed, airtight container. Thaw fully before using.

Recipe Notes

The recipe makes approx. 4 cups enchilada sauce. Caloric calculation is made based on using 1/3 cup per portion.

Nutrition Facts
EASY Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/3 cup portion))
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 708mg31%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 414IU8%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing

It’s easy to make flavor-filled Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing in a few minutes! This light dressing will compliment most mixed green salads.
It's easy to make flavor-filled Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing in a few minutes! This light dressing will compliment most mixed green salads.

Making homemade salad dressings at home is a simple way to most often save money, and KNOW exactly what is going into the finished product. Best of all, most homemade dressings are a cinch to make, including this Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing.

This light salad dressing is not only easy to make, it’s packed with flavor! I first tried it on a carrot salad, but have found the dressing is just as good on a mixed green salad. It has become a permanent member of the ol’ salad dressing rotation in our home. Here’s how easy it is to make:

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What Is In Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing?

The recipe uses easy to find, common ingredients. The ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, salt, honey, ginger, garlic and the juice and zest from one lemon.

Ingredients for the salad dressing, ready to be mixed together.

How To Make Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing

Making this salad dressing is simple and pretty straightforward. Measure all ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE OLIVE OIL into a medium bowl. Stir well, to combine these ingredients. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking with a fork or wire whisk the entire time you are adding the oil. Pour oil with one hand, and whisk with the other!

Continue to whisk until the dressing has emulsified. Emulsified means that the olive oil has been incorporated so well into the other ingredients that it doesn’t separate (kind of like oil and water).

Olive oil is slowly drizzled into salad dressing while whisking.

And just like that, your lemon ginger salad dressing is ready! Serve it on your favorite mixed green salad right away, OR you can cover the bowl and store it in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

Once refrigerated, the olive oil will thicken up slightly, so take it out of the fridge a few minutes before serving and whisk it, before drizzling it on a favorite green salad.

Lemon ginger salad dressing is emulsified and waiting to drizzle on a salad.

You don’t have to only use this salad dressing on green salads. Actually, one of my favorite ways to enjoy this dressing is drizzled onto a spiralized carrot salad. Wow… is THAT ever good!

The lemon ginger salad dressing is drizzled on a spiralized carrot salad.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for simple lemon ginger salad dressing. It makes a small amount (1/2 cup) of fresh dressing, but can easily be doubled. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you visit again soon. Take care, and have a wonderful day, full of adventure and possibilities!

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Original recipe source: http://girlinthelittleredkitchen.com/2015/06/spiralized-carrot-salad-with-lemon-ginger-dressing/

Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

It's easy to make flavor-filled Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing in a few minutes! This light dressing will compliment most mixed green salads.

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon ginger salad dressing
Servings: 6 (1 Tablespoon per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 86 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled, finely minced)
  • 1 medium garlic clove (peeled, finely minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE OLIVE OIL into a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking with a fork or wire whisk the entire time you are adding the oil. Pour oil with one hand; whisk with the other! Continue to whisk until the dressing has emulsified.

  2. Serve it right away, OR cover the bowl and store it in your refrigerator until ready to serve. Once refrigerated, olive oil will thicken slightly; take it out of the fridge a few minutes before serving and give it a good whisk before drizzling it on your favorite green salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ginger Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 194mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pumpkin Vinaigrette

It’s easy to make pumpkin vinaigrette in 5 minutes with a few ingredients! It’s a delicious salad dressing for mixed green or rice salads.
It's easy to make pumpkin vinaigrette in 5 minutes with a few ingredients! It's a delicious salad dressing for mixed green or rice salads.

Last year I made an absolutely delicious wild rice salad, with pumpkin vinaigrette for the dressing. It was fantastic, so today I want to share the recipe for the salad dressing. This vinaigrette is delicious on most mixed green salads, too, which is why it is good to have the recipe in my salad dressing “toolbox”.

You can use canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix) OR your own homemade pumpkin puree, which is what I typically use to make this vinaigrette. Obviously the canned pumpkin puree is very convenient, but since I usually have several bags of homemade puree stored in our freezer, homemade is my “go to”.

The recipe is super easy to make in 5 minutes or less, with a few simple ingredients. Here’s how to make this delicious dressing:

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How To Make Pumpkin Vinaigrette

Measure 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (canned or homemade) into a small bowl. NOTE: Remember to NOT use pumpkin pie filling, or you probably won’t like this dressing!

Homemade or canned pumpkin puree is used as the base for this vinaigrette.

To the pumpkin puree add white wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and some dried thyme. (Exact measurements are found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post).

Spices, white wine vinegar and pumpkin puree are measured into a small bowl.

Whisk these ingredients together until they are fully blended, and the vinaigrette is creamy. The mixture will be fairly thick.

The ingredients for pumpkin vinaigrette are whisked together until blended.

Slowly drizzle olive oil into the pumpkin vinaigrette mixture. Be sure to whisk continuously as you slowly drizzle the olive oil in, because slow drizzling and whisking continuously helps the vinaigrette to emulsify. That basically means you mix the ingredients so well that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that disperses them into a stabilized unit.

Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully blend the various vinegars and oils. It’s a simple process, and you end up with a great dressing for your salads. Once the pumpkin vinaigrette is fully blended, then it is ready to serve on your favorite salad.

Olive oil is whisked into the pumpkin vinaigrette before serving.

Time To Dress A Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette

The photo below shows the pumpkin vinaigrette being added to my wild rice salad. This dressing is really delicious, full of unique flavors, and is a great addition to most salads.  I think you will really enjoy it.

Store any leftover salad dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. After it has been refrigerated, bring it back to room temperature, because the oil will have slightly solidified. Shake or stir the vinaigrette vigorously before using again.

The finished pumpkin vinaigrette is poured over wild rice salad and then served.

Hope you enjoy this simple pumpkin vinaigrette. Thanks for stopping by, take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: My “Southern Living 2009 Annual Recipes Cookbook”, published 1999 by Oxmoor House, Inc., page 195

Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

It's easy to make pumpkin vinaigrette in 5 minutes with a few ingredients! It's a delicious salad dressing for mixed green or rice salads.

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin vinaigrette
Servings: 10 Tablespoons (approx. 2/3 cup total)
Calories Per Serving: 73 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree (or homemade) , NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Measure pumpkin puree (canned or homemade) into a small bowl. Add white wine vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Whisk these ingredients together until fully blended and creamy.

  2. Slowly drizzle olive oil into vinaigrette. Whisk continuously as you drizzle the olive oil, because slow drizzling and whisking continuously helps the vinaigrette emulsify. Once pumpkin vinaigrette is fully blended, it is ready to serve on your favorite salad.

  3. Store leftover salad dressing in a covered container in refrigerator. After it's been refrigerated, bring it back to room temperature, because oil will have slightly solidified. Shake or stir vinaigrette vigorously before using again. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 117mg5%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 953IU19%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing

Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing is easy to make in a few minutes! Drizzle this tasty Asian-inspired dressing on a favorite mixed green or entree salad.
Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing is easy to make in a few minutes! Drizzle this tasty Asian-inspired dressing on a favorite mixed green or entree salad.

Today I want to share this incredibly easy homemade ginger sesame salad dressing. I love this dressing because it is full of flavor, goes well with practically any mixed green salad, is a cinch to make, and it tastes GREAT!

I found the recipe in an old Weight Watchers cookbook I have in my cookbook collection. Yes- I have collected hundreds of cookbooks and cooking magazines for over 40 years now, and to this day I still enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” for new recipes.

The recipe, as written, makes a fairly small batch of salad dressing. It will yield about 1/3 cup, or about 5 small servings of a Tablespoon each). However, the ingredients can be easily doubled or tripled to suit your needs. The printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

What’s IN This Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing?

Well, I’m glad you asked. The ingredients you will need to make the salad dressing are soy sauce (regular or low-sodium), rice vinegar, Asian sesame oil, honey, dry mustard powder, fresh ginger, and crushed red pepper.

I prefer using low sodium soy sauce to reduce the amount of sodium in this dressing, but when I took the photo below (long after the fact), I used regular soy sauce in my quick ingredient picture.

All of these ingredients can typically be found in your local supermarket. A couple of them may be located in the Asian section. Fresh ginger is peeled, and then grated using a microplane zester, to finely shred it.

The ingredients are gathered to make the salad dressing.

How To Make The Salad Dressing

Making this ginger sesame salad dressing is very simple. First, measure all of the the ingredients into a medium saucepan.

The salad dressing ingredients are measured into a medium saucepan.

Whisk the ingredients to fully blend them together. Bring the salad dressing to a boil, using medium heat. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove the pan from the heat source. Let the salad dressing cool to room temperature before using.

IF PREPARING AHEAD OF TIME: Let the salad dressing cool naturally for a couple minutes, then cover and place in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to serve. When ready to serve, take it out of the fridge and let it warm up, just enough to take the chill off.

Ginger sesame salad dressing is whisked, then brought to a boil on the stove.

Enjoy The Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing

Drizzle the salad dressing over your “green salad of choice”. The ginger sesame salad dressing lends a slightly Asian-inspired flavor to any mixed green salad. Store any leftovers, covered, in your refrigerator for up to a week.

Our favorite way to enjoy this dressing is drizzled on Sesame Chicken Salad, which is a really delicious lunch OR main course dinner!

A main dish chicken salad in a bowl, topped with ginger sesame salad dressing.

I hope you have the opportunity to try this salad dressing. It’s nice knowing what all the ingredients are, and it’s so simple to make in just a few minutes. Thank you for visiting , and I sincerely hope you will come back soon. Have a great day.

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Recipe source: The cookbook “Weight Watchers-Great Cooking Every Day”, published 2001 by Wt. Watchers International, Inc., page 45

Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
6 mins
 

Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing is easy to make in a few minutes! Drizzle this tasty Asian-inspired dressing on a favorite mixed green or entree salad.

Category: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: ginger sesame salad dressing
Servings: 5 Tablespoons (about 1/3 cup)
Calories Per Serving: 27 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce , reduced sodium, if available
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger , peeled, finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil (dark)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Whisk ingredients, to fully blend together.

  2. Bring to a boil, on medium heat. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove pan from the heat. Let salad dressing cool to room temperature before using.

  3. IF PREPARING AHEAD OF TIME: Let salad dressing cool naturally for a couple minutes; cover and place in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. When ready to serve, remove from fridge; let it warm up enough to take the chill off.

Recipe Notes

NOTES: The recipe caloric calculation was made using low sodium soy sauce. If using regular soy sauce the amount of sodium will be considerably higher.

Nutrition Facts
Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing is easy to make in a few minutes! Drizzle this tasty Asian-inspired dressing on a favorite mixed green or entree salad.

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It’s easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.
Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It's easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.

I love to use garlic-infused olive oil in various recipes, like vegetables, salad dressings, etc. For several years I have bought bottles of it from a local olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room near our home. Well, I ran out of it a couple months ago, and discovered my local store had gone out of business… uh oh. POOF… it is gone! That made me very sad.

I knew of no other stores close to my home (worth making a separate trip to), so I decided to make some myself. Guess what my research showed me? The process is easy, and the resulting garlic-infused olive oil tastes wonderful! In only a few minutes, I had a great tasting copycat for the product I was used to buying, it costs a lot less, AND I made it in my own kitchen. Here’s how simple it is:

Photo showing inside of our local olive oil and vinegar tasting room.

Prepare The Fresh Garlic Cloves

To make your own garlic-infused olive oil, it’s important to use FRESH garlic, and a good quality olive oil. I do not recommend jarred or canned minced garlic for this recipe. Trust me- you want to use fresh garlic for the very best flavor!

Peel all the paper peel/skin off of the garlic cloves. This recipe yields 1 cup of infused olive oil, so you will need between 6-8 large garlic cloves (I used 6). Place one peeled clove at a time under the flat, wide blade of a large kitchen knife.

Pound the flat, broad side of the knife hard, with the ball of your hand, to smash the garlic clove underneath. It should only take one “pounding” to flatten and split the clove open. Repeat with the other cloves, one at a time.

Cloves of garlic must be stripped of the papery thin skin covering.Smashing each clove of garlic with the broad flat side of a knife.

Infusing Garlic Into The Oil

Once you have “flattened” each of the garlic cloves, place them in a small saucepan with one cup of olive oil. Turn the heat to LOW, and let the oil cook for 5 minutes.

The garlic cloves have each been smashed with the knife to release the flavor.Cooking the smashed garlic cloves with olive oil.

The oil will begin to slightly boil as it is heated. The flattened garlic cloves will release their aromatic flavor into the hot oil. This is how it becomes garlic-“infused” olive oil. When done, use a slotted spoon to remove the browned, crispy garlic cloves from the oil. You can discard the garlic cloves, or use them in any other way you choose.

Garlic-infused olive oil is cooking away in the pan.The crispy garlic cloves are removed from the garlic-infused olive oil.

Finish Preparing The Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

After removing the garlic, you’ll probably have some leftover “crispy bits” left in the pan with the olive oil. You will need to strain the oil, once it has cooled, in order to remove them.

Place a small wire mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup, and carefully pour the infused oil through the strainer into the container. Any tiny bits of crispy garlic will now have been removed from your oil.

Once the olive oil is completely cooled, pour it through a funnel into the bottle or jar that you will be storing the oil in. Olive oil should be stored (covered), away from direct sunlight, in a dark, cool location.

NOTE: There are differing opinions and research on how long a non-commercial infused olive oil can be safely stored. Homemade infused olive oil using the method I’ve described should ideally be used within 4-5 days. It can also be frozen for safe, long-term storage.

The olive oil is strained into a cup to remove any small crispy garlic pieces.A funnel is used to add the garlic-infused olive oil to a bottle for storage.

That’s it… now you have 8 ounces of delicious, garlic-infused olive oil to pan-sear meats, use in salad dressings, or vegetable stir-frys, etc. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have the opportunity to try infusing olive oil, and trust you will find it convenient to have in your own kitchen. The printable recipe card is below, for your convenience. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It's easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.

Category: Condiments
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: garlic-infused olive oil
Servings: 1 cup
Calories Per Serving: 218 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup olive oil extra virgin or regular
  • 6-8 large FRESH garlic cloves do NOT use canned or jarred minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Remove paper/skin off garlic cloves. Place one peeled clove at a time under the flat, wide blade of a large kitchen knife. Pound the flat, broad side of the knife hard, with the ball of your hand, to smash garlic clove underneath. Repeat with remaining cloves, one at a time.

  2. Place one cup of olive oil in a small saucepan. Add smashed garlic cloves. Turn heat to LOW, and cook for 5 minutes. When done, use a slotted spoon to remove browned, crispy garlic cloves from oil. Discard cloves.

  3. Strain oil, to remove any remaining crispy bits in oil. Place a wire mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup; carefully pour oil through strainer into container. Once oil has completely cooled, pour it through a funnel into a bottle or jar that you will be storing the oil in. Store oil (covered), away from sunlight, in a dark, cool location. Infused olive oil made using this method should be used within 4-5 days. It can also be frozen for safe long-term storage.

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made using extra virgin olive oil.  One cup of oil will yield approx.16 Tablespoons. Each Tablespoon of this oil is approximately 13.62 calories. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It's easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.

Easy Greek Salad Dressing

Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.
Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

If you’re looking for a great tasting salad dressing that is perfect to drizzle on any mixed green salad, may I suggest this one? The recipe makes a small batch (enough for 4 small servings). It’s a great way to compliment any salad (especially a GREEK salad!). This salad dressing can be made easily in just a few minutes, and I think you will really enjoy it.

What’s In The Salad Dressing?

The ingredients for the salad dressing are olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped kalamata olives. Kalamata olives are a type of Greek olive, that have a wonderful, tangy flavor, and add tons of flavor to the dressing. YUM.

Getting the ingredients ready to make the salad dressing.

How To Make This Easy Greek Salad Dressing

Finely chop the pitted kalamata olives. You want them fairly small. The recipe only used 6 olives, but let me tell you, they will add a LOT of flavor to the salad dressing. You can store the rest of the jar of olives in the refrigerator for another batch later on!

Add the chopped olives, and the rest of the ingredients to a small jar or container with a lid. One “small batch” of this salad dressing is only about 1/3 of a cup, so you won’t need a large container, unless you plan to double or triple the recipe.

Kalamata olives are finely chopped, and add great flavor to this salad dressing.The ingredients for the easy Greek salad dressing are placed in a sealed container.

Cover the jar or container, and (holding the lid on), shake the easy Greek salad dressing vigorously for about a minute. This will allow the sugar to dissolve, and the oil and vinegar to emulsify, and “come together”. That’s IT! See how EASY that was?

Pour the easy Greek salad dressing over a wonderful Greek salad OR you can use it on any mixed green salad that you enjoy.

After shaking the jar, the Greek salad dressing is emulsified and ready to use.Drizzle the salad dressing over a favorite Greek salad.

Storing The Salad Dressing

Store any leftover dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. The olive oil may solidify once chilled, but all you need to do is remove the jar from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before using again. It will return to room temperature, and then just give it a few good shakes before using.

The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if that is more convenient for you.  The yield from this small batch is approximately 1/3 cup, which is enough for several side salads (1 Tablespoon per side salad), or one large salad.

Store the easy Greek salad dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Hope you enjoy this delicious salad dressing. I enjoy keeping a small batch around for variety, and just used it last evening on a delicious mixed green salad. It’s really good! Thank you for stopping by, and I truly hope you enjoy your day.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few easy salad dressing recipes, including:

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Original recipe source: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/04/greek-salad/

Easy Greek Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

Category: Condiment, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: easy Greek salad dressing
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 135 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 6 kalamata olives , pitted / finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 pinches ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small jar or container with a secure lid. NOTE: If doubling or tripling recipe, use larger container.

  2. Cover the jar or container, and (holding the lid on securely), shake the salad dressing vigorously for about a minute. This allows the sugar to dissolve, and the oil and vinegar to emulsify, and "come together".

  3. Serve, and enjoy on your favorite Greek or mixed green salad! Store any leftover salad dressing in covered container in refrigerator. NOTE: After refrigerating, the olive oil will slightly thicken. Let salad dressing sit at room temperature 15 minutes before serving, to allow it to thin out again. Shake or stir dressing to re-blend, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1.5 Tablespoons)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 240mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 24IU0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

Orange Herb Vinaigrette

It’s EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.
It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

If you’re looking for a new salad dressing that has a ton of flavor, may I suggest this orange herb vinaigrette? I originally found it in a recipe I was trying a few years ago, and have made this salad dressing many times since then.

It only takes a few minutes to throw together, which is another win-win for busy folks, and it tastes great on orzo or couscous salads, as well as on a chilled mixed green salad. YUMMO! Here’s how to make this simple dressing:

Ingredients Needed For Orange Herb Vinaigrette

To make this orange herb vinaigrette you will need the following ingredients (shown below). They are oil, white wine vinegar, an orange, honey, and some dried spices (turmeric, tarragon, thyme, salt & pepper).

I typically use vegetable oil for this vinaigrette, but you can substitute canola or grapeseed oil, as well, for the same great taste. It’s also helpful to have a microplane (seen in photo below) to finely grate or “zest” the orange peel.

TIP: If you don’t have access to a microplane zester, no problem… use the smallest opening on a box grater. The orange “zest” is added, in addition to the juice of the orange, for an abundance of citrus flavor.

The ingredients needed to make the vinaigrette salad dressing.

Mix Up The Vinaigrette

Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t mean “confuse the vinaigrette” when I say “mix up the vinaigrette”. OK? OK. Just makin’ sure we’re on the same page here (wink, wink).

Anyways… place all the ingredients EXCEPT for the salt and pepper into a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified.

To “emulsify” salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit. Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully incorporate the vinegar and oil, which are pretty standard ingredients.

Once the orange herb vinaigrette is fully mixed, it is ready to use on the salad.

Ready To Serve!

Once the vinaigrette has emulsified, season it lightly to taste, with the salt and ground black pepper. Give it another quick stir, and the vinaigrette is ready to be used.

Drizzle this salad dressing over your favorite mixed green salad, orzo or couscous salad. In the photo below, you can the vinaigrette being drizzled over my Cranberry Orange Israeli Couscous. It tastes FANTASTIC! Hope you like it, too.

The orange herb vinaigrette is poured on an Israeli couscous salad and then tossed.

In no time at all you can create this wonderful homemade salad dressing. I’m confident you will enjoy it, using your own ingredients, and made in your own kitchen. Thanks for stopping by today, and spending some of your valuable time on this blog. Take care, and have a great day. See below for the printable recipe card.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

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Original recipe source (a blog no longer around): http://artisinalfood.blogspot.com/2011/12/israeli-couscous-with-cranberries-and.html

Orange Herb Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

Category: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: orange herb vinaigrette
Servings: 8 Tablespoons (approx. 1/2 cup)
Calories Per Serving: 62 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola/grapeseed oil)
  • Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium orange (juice and zest)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt/pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT for salt and pepper in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified. NOTE: To "emulsify" salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don't combine well (like oil and water), can "come together" in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit.

  2. Season lightly with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir again, and then drizzle over salad to serve.

  3. Store any leftover vinaigrette in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Remove vinaigrette from refrigerator a few minutes before serving, and stir well, to re-blend before using.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Herb Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!
Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Looking for a delicious salad dressing that can also double as a topping for potatoes, or even as a dip for that big ol’ bag of tortilla chips? Well… here it is – avocado cilantro lime dressing! Thick, creamy, and loaded with Southwestern flavors, this really is a wonderfully easy and versatile dressing.

It is amazingly simple to prepare in under 10 minutes from start to finish, and tastes fantastic, no matter how you decide to serve it. Here’s how to make this delicious dressing/dip:

What’s In Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

The ingredients necessary to make avocado cilantro lime dressing are all fairly common. They are avocado, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, red onion flakes, cumin, and salt/pepper. See the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for exact measurements.

A photo of the ingredients used to make this salad dressing.

It’s EASY To Make Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Making this creamy salad dressing (or topping) could not be any easier! Measure all the ingredients except for the salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer, to combine the ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy. It might take just a bit longer than if using a blender, but this is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

TIP: If you’re using this as a traditional salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

What Can You Do With Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

The avocado cilantro lime dressing can now be used as a dip or a topping, and wow, does it taste wonderful! Grab some tortilla chips for a flavor-packed creamy avocado dip, or top a steamin’ hot baked potato with this dressing (instead of sour cream). Yum. Can you see the specks of cilantro in creamy dressing, shown in the photo below? Oh yeah.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing is mixed until creamy and smooth, using a blender.

I also use this as a dressing for my yummy black bean, corn and tomato salad. The creamy dressing tastes fantastic when mixed into this delicious side dish, as well.

The avocado salad dressing is mixed into a Southwestern black bean and corn salad.

Another way we have enjoyed the avocado cilantro lime dressing is to use it as a topping for a main dish Southwestern steak salad. You can see it in the photo below, as well. So much flavor is added to each salad.

Dollop a steak salad with avocado cilantro lime dressing to finish.

However you choose to enjoy it, this creamy avocado cilantro lime dressing is absolutely delicious! I hope you have the chance to make this recipe for those you love. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day, friend.

Looking for more SALAD DRESSING recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few, including:

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Original recipe source: Krista Rollins at http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/southwestern-steak-salad-with-cilantro-avocado-dressing/

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Keyword: avocado cilantro lime dressing
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 118 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients except for salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

    *NOTE: If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer to combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. It might take a bit longer than if using a blender, but is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Serve this creamy dressing with tortilla chips as a dip, or top a baked potato with it (instead of butter/sour cream. Add to Southwest-inspired salads as a dressing, and toss to fully combine. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

TIP: If you're using this as a salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!
Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!

If you’re looking for a delicious, flavorful salad dressing that is a cinch to whip up in just a few minutes, may I suggest Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette? This tangy dressing, with a hint of citrus, is a perfect addition to most mixed green salads. Another plus is that is is ridiculously EASY to make, which is always a win-win, in my book!

What’s In This Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette?

This vinaigrette is made using only FOUR ingredients! These ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, and fresh squeezed orange juice. That’s it. All are fairly common pantry ingredients, which makes it very convenient to whip up this salad dressing whenever you need it.

The salad dressing ingredients are olive oil, honey, orange juice and balsamic vinegar.

To make the citrus balsamic vinaigrette, measure the oil, balsamic, OJ, and honey into a small bowl. Grab a wire whisk or a fork, and whisk the ingredients together until the dressing has “emulsified”. This will only take a minute or so.

To “emulsify” salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit. Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully incorporate the vinegar and oil, which are pretty standard ingredients.

The citrus balsamic vinaigrette is mixed well before using to dress a salad.

Ready To Serve!

Once the dressing has emulsified, it is ready to drizzle onto your favorite green salad. We love the flavor of this vinaigrette served on my Berry and Orange Spinach Salad, which is shown below. It tastes wonderful!

Here is the finished vinaigrette, ready to drizzle on the salads.

Storing The Salad Dressing

Because the vinaigrette is so easy to make, you can quickly make up the recipe just a few minutes before dinnertime. The vinaigrette can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Be sure to whisk it again, right before you serve it.

Olive oil can slightly thicken once chilled in the fridge, so give it a quick stir or let it warm up to room temperature a bit before stirring and serving.

Two salads, with a small container of citrus balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

I hope you enjoy this salad dressing, because it’s easy, AND it tastes good. Thank you for taking time to stop by. Take care, and I hope you have a great day.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few delicious salad dressings on my blog, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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Original recipe source: Marie, at https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/berry-orange-spinach-salad-citrus-balsamic-vinaigrette/

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: citrus balsamic vinaigrette
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 141 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Measure oil, balsamic, fresh orange juice, and honey into a small bowl. Whisk until the dressing has "emulsified". This will only take a minute or so.

    NOTE: To "emulsify" salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don't combine well (like oil and water), can "come together" in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit.

  2. Once emulsified, drizzle or pour vinaigrette onto your favorite green salad. Serve, and enjoy!

  3. Store any leftovers in a covered container in refrigerator. Whisk or shake the dressing up again, before you serve it.

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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