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Recipe of the Week: Simple Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette

by Coach Miriam

Salad dressings are a fantastic way to add flavor and reap the benefits of heart-healthy fats, like olive oil!

Mouth-watering and important for heart and hormonal health, good fats can help with satiety (fullness) and nutrient absorption of veggies like leafy greens.

This recipe is quick and easy. You can make it even easier by excluding the herbs or modifying them with different herbs, garlic, or even switching up the oil or vinegar you use (see recommendations under recipe directions).

Simple Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette

Use this recipe on any of your favorite salads, and keep it on hand in the refrigerator for a healthy dressing that's ready-to-go!

Ingredients:

  •  2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • Few sprigs of fresh rosemary or other fresh herbs like basil, thyme, and/or clove of garlic (optional)

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (minus the herbs and/or garlic) in a small mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer dressing to a storage container and add fresh herbs and/or a garlic clove.
  • Set aside for 30 minutes to let ingredients infuse briefly. (I like to use a mason jar since it’s easy to shake and recombine ingredients if they start to divide).
  • Remove fresh herbs and garlic before serving.

Ideas for modifications:

Use a lighter vinegar like champagne or apple cider, or switch up your oil from extra virgin olive oil to avocado oil. You can also substitute honey for maple syrup to help emulsify ingredients.

Makes 20, 2 tbsp sized servings.



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