Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

May 8, 2013

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe


It's a rainy day today. I just love having the window open, and hearing the sound of rain outside. I'm also super glad it's not snow, since it snowed as recently as last Friday! Yuck!

Balsamic is one of my favorite ingredients to use. I swear I could drink the stuff right out of the bottle. Last summer, when I was visiting Traverse City, Michigan, we found a cute store called Fustini's Oils and Vinegars. I was in vinegar heaven. Cherry, blueberry, apple and any other vinegar flavor you can imagine... and sample cups to try them all. Oohh weee, I did try most of them too. Fantastic! Wish I lived closer so I could go back again and buy some. Yum!

This balsamic vinaigrette is so simple to make and so very delicious. Make sure you have a great quality balsamic when making this recipe. It makes a world of difference to spend a few extra dollars to get the better stuff. Trust me. I made the mistake of buying the cheap stuff before. So, instead of buying this at the store, save some money and make it at home. You will love it!

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

What you need:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar, optional
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper, as desired

In a bowl whisk together the balsamic, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle in the olive oil, continue whisking until combined. 

If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate and shake or whisk before serving. 

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  1. I found a store in Austin, TX called Con Olio. Oils and vinegars galore! I found a Lemon Balsamic that I think I could pour over ice cream! I go as often as I can when I visit my daughter.

    Great simple recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. Looks yummy :) Thanks for sharing, Lisa

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Hey, this sounds so easy to make. And I use it in so many things. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  5. I'm sure the blueberry flavor must be delicious, Sheena! {never even thought all those flavors are available :/} Thank you for sharing your recipe at ourAll My Bloggy Friends Party !

    With A Blast


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