Everyone needs a go-to balsamic vinaigrette.
Obviously I love this dressing. Drizzled over a BLT salad, pasta salad or spinach salad topped with any variety of fruit. I said salad one too many times there, didn’t I? But I do love how simple the ingredients are and that it’s easy to make. It’s easy because I make this in my blender or mini food processor.Every now and again I like to give my whisking arm a break, but alternatively using these appliances really blends these ingredients together, making it a luscious and velvety vinaigrette.
Here are your pantry ingredients. Garlic, balsamic, red wine vinegar, mustard, dried basil, black pepper and olive oil. I always have these things stocked and readily on hand so I have dressing at my fingertips.
Smash, peel and pop the garlic into your blender or mini food processor.
Then pour in the balsamic vinegar…
The red wine vinegar…
…and the mustard. Here is where you can get creative. You could use whole grain, honey mustard or hot beer mustard, just as long as it’s mustard… m-kay?
Throw in a generous pinch of kosher salt, black pepper and the dried basil.
Replace the lid and puree until the garlic is no longer in large chunks.
Once that happens, I removed the center plug thingie to my blender and then while the blender is running, I pour a thin, steady stream of olive oil.
Blend until creamy and glorious!
This vinaigrette can be make 1 week in advance. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid in the fridge.
Happy salad eating!
Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!
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