Simple Single Serving Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Balsamic Vinegar. You are my favorite of all the vinegars.

When I want to eat a salad quick for lunch, I just make single serving of vinaigrette. Sometimes I bother mixing it all together, sometimes I just pour the ingredients right on my salad.

Depends on how fancy I’m feeling.

balsamic vinegar
Didn’t even measure

Now, a normal vinaigrette ratio calls for 3 parts oil to 1 part acid. But I am a tangy girl, and I tend to do more like 2:1 or even (gasp) 1:1.

I also go heavy on the herbs.

making balsamic vinaigrette
Heavy on the herbs

For this recipe, if you can get your hands on some GOOD olive oil, like this one from the Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil Club, then USE IT!

Olive Oil Club
The best olive oil I have ever tasted.

Note on Fresh-Pressed Olive Oil, I got this oil bottle during and exclusive promotion I had access to due to being subscribed to The Prairie Homestead’s Newsletter. This sample bottle was only $1, (I think it’s normally like $45!!) and limited in quantity.

I don’t know how often this deal is available, but go join her newsletter if you want a chance to grab one too!

After trying real olive oil, you will be forever ruined! You can even smell the difference!

Did you know olive oil is supposed to have a grassy or fresh smell? That’s how you know it is fresh! If it smells like wet cardboard… its old. Rancid maybe.

Fresh olive oil also gives your throat a little tickle, I wasn’t expecting that.

Unfortunately mine was all out 🙁 so I used regular light olive oil from Walmart.

The balsamic still tasted good. But not fresh pressed good. 🙂

For the Balsamic, I use Organic Pompeian brand.

I like to use Himalayan salt in all my cooking, it smells and tastes much better in my opinion.

The parsley I used today was organic, which I grew in my garden.

Home Grown Parsley
I dried this parsley in my home dehydrator

It is SO easy to grow parsley, and it keeps coming back after you harvest it!

One more note about this recipe, I make it different every time. And I don’t usually even measure.

The key here is to mix the ingredients you think will taste good, then taste it. Then add more if you need to, then try it again.

I like to mix it in a tiny pitcher because it makes it easy to pour, and looks cute. I have some similar to these, they are also GREAT for homemade syrup and gravy!

If you want to make a bigger batch, just multiply the recipe. You can also add some black pepper and chives if you wish.

The final step is to enjoy!


Simple Single Serving Balsamic Vinaigrette

Quick and simple Balsamic Vinaigrette for when you just need to eat a salad QUICK!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 1 Generous Serving


  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil (Light or Extra Virgin)
  • 2-3 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt


  • Mix all ingredients in a small cup, bowl, or pitcher
  • Stir briskly to mix oil and vinegar
  • Taste the vinaigrette, and add additional oil or herbs if needed
  • Re-stir or shake the vinaigrette before drizzling over salad
Keyword Dressing, Dressing, Vinaigrette

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