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4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

This 4 ingredient balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing recipe is easy and ready in under 5 minutes. Use pantry staples to whip up this delicious blend of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors.

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4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette
4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette is so incredibly easy to prepare, has only four simple ingredients. It is easy to grab a bottle of salad dressing off the grocery store shelf and have it in your pantry when you need it, However, it is even easier to grab the pantry ingredients you probably already have and make a quick and tasty salad dressing.

4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This balsamic vinaigrette is just amazing on a strawberry salad. Yup…the same dressing used on that salad. Want that recipe? You can find that here too. Just look at this amazing combination.

Delicious Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Delicious Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Four Simple Ingredients for This Recipe

Olive Oil: For this salad dressing, I like to use the light olive oil. According to Cooks Illustrated, “Light olive oil contains the same number of calories as other olive oils; the “light” refers to flavor.”

Sugar: A little sweetness is needed to tame the tanginess of the vinegar.  You can also use Honey, Maple Syrup, or Brown Sugar.

Soy Sauce: The soy sauce adds another dimensional taste and makes this dressing extra special.

Balsamic Vinegar: I like to use a good quality balsamic vinegar. If you ever took a taste test of a few, you would quickly notice that there is a difference. Here is a great article explaining how to choose the best balsamic vinegar.

Salad Ready for Salad Dressing
Salad Ready for Salad Dressing
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4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

Everyday special salad dressing. Takes minutes to make this vinaigrette.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: recipe, salad, Salad Dressing, vinaigrette
Servings: 8 Tablespoons
Calories: 52kcal

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  • 2 Tbl Light Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbl White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbl Light Soy Sauce
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste

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  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and use a whisk to mix. Or you can add all the ingredients into a jar and shake to mix.
    4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to a week.
    4 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette

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I generally add 2 tablespoons of the salad dressing per salad. Therefore, this quantity of 8 tablespoons is perfect for 4 people.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 1mg
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