Saturday, August 17, 2013

Balsamic Vinaigrette

I don't know about you, but I have never found a pre-made balsamic vinaigrette in the store that I have absolutely loved. Homemade dressings just always seem to taste so much better. This dressing is one of our favorites, and is really easy to make. It is great on any salad, but I particularly like it for a mixed green salad or drizzled over a beet, tomato and goat cheese salad.

Balsamic Vinaigrette


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup olive oil


1. Mince garlic and put in salad dressing jar (or any type of jar will do) along with brown sugar, salt and pepper

2. Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar

3. Place lid on jar and shake vigorously to combine

4. For best flavor, place in refrigerator and let sit to marinate for at least 4 hours before serving

What are the nutritional benefits of this dressing? Balsamic vinegar is rich in polyphenols - a type of antioxidant. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL), and aid in blood sugar control.

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