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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.
See? Like pretty brown liquor bottles:
Anyway – all you need to do is whisk the ingredients together. Period. Give it a try!
Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
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