Honey Balsamic Dressing Recipe

This honey balsamic dressing recipe is tangy, slightly sweet. It’s also a healthy dressing that is the perfect dressing for any salad. And the best part is that you can make it in five minutes with just a few simple ingredients! 

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This balsamic vinaigrette dressing is a simple recipe and my go-to dressing on this arugula salad with figs and goat cheese.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Its the best balsamic vinaigrette dressing! homemade dressing taste better and a healthier option.
  • It’s versatileand has so much flavor! Add this delicious dressing to any salad, roasted vegetables or use it as a meat marinade.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe Ingredient List

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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down to see ingredients notes and substitutions as well as a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.

salad dressing ingredients: garlic, dijon mustard, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil
  • aged balsamic vinegar
  • honey
  • dijon mustard
  • garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil

Here’s how to make homemade honey balsamic vinaigret

Gather the ingredients: one part vinegar, one part oil, crushed garlic, a tablespoon honey and dijon mustard)

all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl

Step 1. Add the dressing ingredients to a mason jar or a small bowl.

Step 2. Give the glass jar a good shake or whisk the dressing in a small bowl and serve.

Ingredient notes/substitutions

Aged Balsamic vinegar. This is a sweet and tangy vinegar, I would not recommend a substitute because there aren’t any kinds of vinegar that taste like balsamic vinegar.

If you prefer a more traditional vinegar dressing, instead of a sweet dressing, you can try swapping with red wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar one for one and a teaspoon more (or less) of honey to taste.

Honey. This adds just the right amount of sweetness. The best honey to use is local honey. If that’s not available, look for organic honey. If honey is not available or you want a vegan dressing, honey can be substituted with an equal amount of maple syrup.

Garlic. Fresh garlic is my choice when making homemade salad dressing, if you don’t have fresh garlic you can add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in place of the crushed garlic clove.

Dijon mustard adds a touch of flavor, and also emulsifies the dressing. It can be substituted with stone ground mustard.

Olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the best olive oil to use in homemade dressings. It’s light and flavorful. If you don’t have extra virgin olive oil, you can substitute it with regular olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, or avocado oil.

How to Store Leftover Dressing

Store leftover honey balsamic salad dressing in a covered glass jar or an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To serve, remove the dressing from the refrigerator about 15 to 20 minutes before using the dressing, and let it sit at room temperature to allow for the olive oil to thin out.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many ways to use homemade honey balsamic vinegar dressing, here are a few suggestions:

  • toss it with any of your favorite healthy salads. It tastes really good on baby spinach or a simple strawberry and spinach salad.
  • drizzle it on fresh fruit, grilled meat, roasted vegetables such as brussels sprouts, butternut squash or cauliflower.
  • Use it to marinate chicken or pork.

Recipe Variations

Add fresh herbs. Toss in a teaspoon or two of fresh herbs such as rosemary, chives, or thyme or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of dried herbs with a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper.

Spice it up. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Add citrus. Add a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon juice or orange juice to brighten up the dressing.

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salad dressing mixed in a jar with a bowl of salad

Homemade Honey Balsamic Salad Dressing

A slightly sweet and tangy salad dressing that tastes great on any salad.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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Course: Salads and Salad Dressing Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey balsamic salad dressing
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 71kcal
Author: Anne
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  • Add all of the ingredients to a glass jar or small bowl and shake the jar or use a wire whisk in the bowl to combine all ingredients.


Store leftover honey balsamic salad dressing in a covered glass jar or an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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