Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette + Immersion Blender love

Balsamic vinaigrette is one of those staple salad dressings that I like to keep in my fridge for nights where salads are on the menu. But sometimes, it can be hard to find the right dressing {or maybe I’m just picky}- one without too much sugar, one that has just the right amount of flavor without being too tart, and one that is smooth and rich without the calories! As we have talked about before, making your own dressing is an easy way to eat healthier! In comparison, a store bought brand like Brianna’s creamy balsamic dressing has 160 calories, 17gm total fat, 290 mg sodium and 5 grams sugar in just 2 Tbsp, and not to mention, added preservatives in the ingredient list. By making your own dressing at home, you know exactly what is included. My vinaigrette has a few secret ingredients, that when combined, create the perfect recipe. You can taste so much flavor without it being too overpowering. And, to get that perfect consistency – why not try using my new favorite kitchen tool, the immersion blender!

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My mom recently gave me her Cuisinart immersion blender, and to say I’m in love MIGHT be an understatement. I’m not quite sure why I never had one of these before? First of all, this is a super convienent kitchen gadget. You plug it in to use, and for clean up? You remove the bottom part to hand wash and dry – simple as that! I was amazed how much easier this was than pulling out my mini food processor and cleaning each piece. Secondly, the consistency and smooth texture of my vinaigrette was incredible! In about 15 seconds, I had a creamy balsamic vinaigrette that matched any restaurant salad dressing I have had. The texture was so smooth that you would think my recipe included milk or yogurt, but it doesn’t.

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To create the dressing, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper and dried basil. Mix together using an immersion blender, food processor, blender or by shaking vigorously in a closed container and enjoy!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp dried basil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix together using an immersion blender, food processor, blender or by shaking vigorously in a closed container.

 

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