White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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White balsamic Vinaigrette deserves a standing ovation for its versatility, subtle sweetness, and ability to elevate dishes without overpowering them.

A mason jar of the White Balsamic vinaigrette.

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Taste of the Vinegar

What does white balsamic taste like? White balsamic offers a light balance of sweet, tart, and fruity notes. It lacks the syrupy sweetness of the classic version. Expect hints of honey, vanilla, and even subtle floral or peppery nuances depending on the aging process and any added infusions. Just like fine wine, it has simple and complex notes.

Why This White Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is a Keeper

From salad dressings and marinades to glazes and sauces, white balsamic shines in many roles. Its lighter hue won’t overwhelm delicate dishes like fish or white vegetables.

  • Acidity Boost: Need a touch of brightness? White balsamic cuts through richness and adds liveliness to soups, stews, and even cocktails.
  • Family Favorite: If they are craving a subtle sweet note without overpowering flavors. Therefore, it si perfect for sensitive palates.
  • Benefits: Like its darker cousin, white balsamic boasts antioxidants and is naturally low in calories, making it a guilt-free flavor booster.
  • House Salad: This dressing is so easy that you can use it on any salad greens you like. It is just as flavorful as my Best Blue Cheese Dressing. So eat a salad.

If you’re looking for more salad recipes, try these Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, Kale and Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette and Antipasto Misto Salad.

What is the difference between white balsamic dressing and red balsamic?

A salad with the dressing.

Unlike its dark counterpart, white balsamic is made from white Trebbiano grapes, resulting in a pale, golden color. The must (unfermented grape juice) is blended with white vinegar and undergoes a gentle heating process to preserve its light appearance. Aging in wooden barrels adds depth and complexity, but without the intense sweetness and dark richness of traditional balsamic.

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Ingredient Notes for this Homemade Salad Dressing

  • White Balsamic Vinegar: Use a good quality white balsamic vinegar aged in barrels to produce the best dressing.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The extra virgin has a lighter flavor that will compliment and not over power the finished product.
  • Honey: The honey will emulsify the vinaigrette and also add a touch of sweetness. I’m always looking for ways to use honey and this is perfect.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Make White Balsamic Vinaigrette

You can add a teaspoon or two teaspoons of different things to flavor your dressing and make it your own.

  • Shallots: The mild flavor of the shallot will be a wonderful addition to the dressing. Mince finely and add a teaspoon with the garlic or in place of.
  • Vinegar: If you don’t have white balsamic you can try white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar or even red balsamic.
  • Yellow Mustard: Mustard will give more tang like regular balsamic. Or a teaspoon of Dijon mustard will enhance the smooth texture.

How to Make a White Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Why use 2 teaspoons or more of plain oil and vinegar when you can use this dressing made the same way.

Here’s how to make homemade balsamic vinaigrette.  Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions. We love reader interactions, please leave a review below if you make this white balsamic dressing.  We appreciate your feedback. Thanks so much.

STEP 1: Mix the Easy Vinaigrette Ingredients Together

In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, All Purpose Seasoning and grated fresh garlic together in a bowl until smooth.

STEP 2: Store

Use immediately or store this versatile dressing in a mason jar or airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 5 days. Shake well before serving.

Making the dressing.

FAQs for a Delicious Homemade Salad Dressing

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Here are a few ideas for this dressing:

  • Salad Dressings: Ditch the boring vinaigrette and whip up a flavorful concoction with olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, and a drizzle of white balsamic.
  • Marinades: Give chicken, fish, or tofu a burst of flavor by marinating them in a blend of soy sauce, olive oil, ginger, garlic, and a splash of white balsamic.
  • Glazes: Reduce white balsamic with a touch of honey or fruit puree to create a delicious glaze for roasted vegetables, grilled meats, or even desserts.
  • Sauces: Elevate creamy sauces for pasta or fish by whisking in some white balsamic for a touch of acidity and depth. It is so much lighter than traditional balsamic vinegar.

While both are made from white grapes. The taste is different. The white has a lighter fresher quality while the golden has a deeper more caramelized flavor and is a little sweeter finished product.

The dressing will last 3 to 5 days if stored in the fridge in an airtight jar or container.

A jar of white balsamic vinaigrette.

Expert Tips for Making The Best White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Regular balsamic vinegar is fine for homemade dressing but this easy white balsamic vinaigrette offers a lighter and fresher alternative for your green salad. This dressing will make your favorite meal even better.

  • Double: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  So make extra and serve at a party or make some for a marinade and some for your salad.
  • Add Something Extra: An extra dash of salt and pepper or a little crunch from some sunflower seeds or dried cherries will make this dressing extra special.
  • Garlic Powder: The All purpose seasoning has some in it but if you want add a teaspoon garlic powder to the dressing.
  • Variation tip: If you can’t find white balsamic vinegar in the store you can replace it with White wine vinegar.
  • Jar: Feel free to place all the simple ingredients in a jar and shake.
  • Dried Herbs: Finely chopped rosemary, thyme or other dried herbs will enhance the flavor of the easy dressing.

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup White balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • ½ teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning Blend
  • 1 clove Garlic, grated

Instructions

Expert Tips

 
  • Double: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  So make extra and serve at a party or make some for a marinade and some for your salad.
  • Add Something Extra: An extra dash of salt and pepper or a little crunch from some sunflower seeds or dried cherries will make this dressing extra special.
  • Garlic Powder: The All purpose seasoning has some in it but if you want add a teaspoon garlic powder to the dressing.
  • Variation tip: If you can’t find white balsamic vinegar in the store you can replace it with White wine vinegar.
  • Jar: Feel free to place all the simple ingredients in a jar and shake.
  • Dried Herbs: Finely chopped rosemary, thyme or other dried herbs will enhance the flavor of the easy dressing.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American

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