Honey Balsamic Dressing (healthy) – The Fitnessista


Sharing a quick and delicious recipe for a healthy salad dressing: honey balsamic!

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you’re enjoying the day so far and that you had a great weekend! We had an amazing dinner at our friends’ house and spent the rest of the weekend doing chores and relaxing. I took a three-hour nap on Saturday which was everyyyytthing. After a couple of weeks of travel and the Pilot’s work weekend, it was our first *normal* weekend at home in a month, so it was very appreciated.

Today, I wanted to share my go-to salad dressing with ya. I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging this long and haven’t dedicated an entire post to this dressing. This is my go-to. I use it for dinner parties, make it in advance to enjoy throughout the week, and it’s always so easy and delicious. I don’t typically love the dressings that come with salad kits, so this is what I’ll often use to replace it. I like the taste and ingredients so much more!

If you don’t already make your own salad dressing, definitely give this one a try. You’ll see how simple and delightful it can be 🙂 Let me know if you decide to add it to your rotation!

Honey Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Crafting your dressing ensures transparency about the ingredients, helping you make informed choices about what you consume. The Honey Balsamic Dressing is a prime example of a flavorful yet health-conscious option. With just a handful of pantry staples, you can whip up a dressing that’s sweet, tangy, and incredibly versatile.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 minced garlic clove

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Step 1: The Foundation

Begin by combining the balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. This dynamic duo forms the foundation of your dressing, delivering a perfect balance of acidity and richness.

Step 2: Add the sweetness

Introduce 2 tablespoons of honey into the mix, providing a natural sweetness that harmonizes with the balsamic’s acidity. Adjust the quantity based on your desired level of sweetness.

Step 3: Mustard

Add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the blend. This not only enhances the flavor profile but also contributes a subtle zing that elevates the overall taste.

Step 4: Season to Perfection

Season your creation with garlic and dried herbs, with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring the dressing reaches the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

Step 5: Emulsify with a Good Shake

Seal the ingredients in a mason jar, giving them a good shake. This emulsifies the mixture, creating a cohesive and velvety dressing that will beautifully coat your salad. I also love this salad dressing mixer. 

Storage and Serving:

This Honey Balsamic Dressing, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, can last for up to one week. Its versatility makes it ideal for green salads, vegetable bowls, or even as a marinade for grilled proteins.

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Honey Balsamic Dressing (healthy)

Sharing a quick and delicious recipe for a healthy salad dressing: honey balsamic!

  • Author: Fitnessista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 minced garlic clove

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1:

Begin by combining the balsamic vinegar with extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. This dynamic duo forms the foundation of your dressing, delivering a perfect balance of acidity and richness.

Step 2:

Introduce 2 tablespoons of honey into the mix, providing a natural sweetness that harmonizes with the balsamic’s acidity. Adjust the quantity based on your desired level of sweetness.

Step 3:

Add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the blend. This not only enhances the flavor profile but also contributes a subtle zing that elevates the overall taste.

Step 4:

Season your creation with garlic and dried herbs, with salt and pepper to taste, ensuring the dressing reaches the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

Step 5:

Seal the ingredients in a mason jar, giving them a good shake. This emulsifies the mixture, creating a cohesive and velvety dressing that will beautifully coat your salad.

Notes

This Honey Balsamic Dressing, stored in an airtight container in the fridge, can last for up to one week. Its versatility makes it ideal for green salads, vegetable bowls, or even as a marinade for grilled proteins.

For more inspiration on healthy salad dressings, check out my guide on healthy salad dressings.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya soon!
xo

Gina

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