Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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I am not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar.  I think it got bizarrely trendy at one point, like sun-dried tomatoes and, like sun-dried tomatoes, it has a potentially really overpowering flavor and, for a while, it seemed folks were dumping it on everything. Balsamic vinaigrette is often too acidic or sharp or thick or just unacceptable.  This dressing is not like that! It is subtle & as easy as can be & is a complement to your salad, not a dominating ingredient.  Key to the success of the dressing is the quality of our olive oil & – obviously – the quality of your balsamic.  Do not use some old, gummy bottle you have had for 5 years.  Try to buy the best you can.

One thing I love about balsamic – it is often bottled & labeled as beautifully as scotches & whiskeys.

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See?  Like pretty brown liquor bottles:

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Anyway – all you need to do is whisk the ingredients together.  Period.  Give it a try!

Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves – minced

2 TBS honey

1 TBS Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together.

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