An easy balsamic dressing that tastes great, and only requires three ingredients!
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This easy balsamic dressing is stupid simple and three ingredients. I love to house recipes in my brain that are:
- Less than 5 ingredients
- Made with pantry staples
Sometimes simple is just what the doctor ordered. I know it's going to be a long day after I finish my second iced coffee and I'm still too tired to shower, much less cook.
I have three kids so when it comes to sleep, some nights are just a bust. I've come to terms with this now.
As if sleep doesn't laugh at me enough already, a strange man rang our doorbell around 10 p.m. last night. As we cautiously made our way to the door he mumbled something and scurried to his truck.
This sealed my sleepless fate. The sensible side of me knows he simply had the wrong house but I've seen enough horror flicks to know its the unsuspecting chump who dies first. So naturally, I slept with one eye open.
Too tired to cook, I opted for something simple - a salad. This balsamic vinaigrette is delightful.
Plus it includes jam. Ah, jam: doesn't it just make you happy?
Can I use any jam in this balsamic dressing?
Yep, my favorite is triple berry but you can use anything that suits your fancy. Smucker's has come out with a fruit and honey line that is only sweetened with honey (hence the name).
This is a good option if you'd like a healthy jam that doesn't include added sugar or corn syrup. I've also used raspberry and blackberry - both with delicious results.
I like to use extra virgin olive oil for this dressing. Its heart healthy and tastes great but if you don't have any on hand canola oil will work as well.
I use my immersion blender for this recipe. I love love love immersion blenders. Not only do I use it for soup and dressings but also for my chipotle mayo. I always have chipotle mayo made and in my fridge. Most foods are just better when theirs a dip or sauce on hand.
It also really emulsifies the vinaigrette and makes it slightly creamy.
There are really a ton of uses for balsamic vinaigrette but it really sings on salads with berries or fruit.
Easy balsamic dressing
- Immersion blender
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp your favorite jam
- pinch kosher salt
- Whizz all ingredients together with an immersion blender or food processor.
- Use immediately or place in the fridge for later.