Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette – Serene Path

This Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette is a tangy, creamy and delicious addition to any salad! Fresh, aromatic basil leaves pair perfectly with deeply fragrant balsamic vinegar for the most irresistible vinaigrette. Just mix a few simple ingredients and drizzle it over your meal or save it for later!

I like to garnish a lot of my salads, especially this one Cucumber and beet saladwith this bold-tasting basil balsamic vinaigrette.

It goes very well with salads rich in healthy green vegetables or savory salads containing fruit. However, it is quite versatile and will pair wonderfully with any of your favorites!

Another idea is to drizzle it over sandwiches, paninis, wraps or as a sauce for vegetables because it is so thick and creamy.

Drizzle a salad with basil vinaigrette.Drizzle a salad with basil vinaigrette.

This dressing is so easy to make with mostly kitchen staples, so you can avoid the trip to the store. An added benefit of making your own salad dressing from scratch is that you know exactly what ingredients are in it and can adjust the flavors to suit your preferences.

Simply combine olive oil, fresh basil leaves, garlic, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon, salt and pepper in the blender. Making it takes 5 minutes tops, but lasts for days in the fridge!

You actually don’t need to use a blender if you want a more textured dressing. Simply chop the garlic and basil by hand and whisk it all together or shake it together in a mason jar.

For another tasty dressing, be sure to check out my Maple Dijon Vinaigrette!

Reasons to love this dressing

  • Customizable
  • Ready in 5 minutes
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Suitable for salads, sandwiches, vegetables and more
  • Just 8 ingredients, most of which are kitchen staples

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Ingredients and Substitutions

Labeled ingredients for basil balsamic vinaigrette.Labeled ingredients for basil balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Oil – Use high quality extra virgin olive oil for a rich base.
  • Basil – Fresh, fragrant basil leaves give the best flavor and a gorgeous green color! Try to select large, dark green leaves.
  • Garlic – One clove of garlic is enough, unless you want to add more.
  • Balsamic vinegar – This dark, rich vinegar adds punch while enhancing all the flavors of the dressing.
  • Maple syrup – Maple syrup adds a rustic sweetness while helping to balance the other ingredients. Agave nectar can also work.
  • Dijon – Add a little dijon for spice. This ingredient also acts as an emulsifier to help the oil and vinegar mix.
  • seasoning – Sprinkle a little salt and pepper for added flavor.
Vegetable basil vinaigrette coating a spoon.Vegetable basil vinaigrette coating a spoon.

How to Make Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Here are some quick visual steps. Find the complete recipe with exact measurements on the recipe card below.

Pinch the basil drops the stems and peel the garlic clove.

Add everything in a blender or food processor and impulse until the mixture becomes smooth.

Alternately, you can chop the basil and garlic. Then whisk or shake all the ingredients together for a more textured dressing.

Taste the dressing to see if you want to add more seasoning or increase any of the other flavors.

Steps for preparing basil balsamic vinaigrette.Steps for preparing basil balsamic vinaigrette.

Enjoy your balsamic vinaigrette right away or store it in the refrigerator for later.

Storage Tips

Store the vinaigrette in a closed glass jar for 7 days in the refrigerator. Shake it before using in case separation occurs over time.

Ideas for variations

  • Increase the heat with more Dijon mustard.
  • Add fresh or dried onion for a more savory flavor.
  • Add more maple syrup or agave for a sweeter dressing.
  • Use less balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a thicker sauce.
  • Enhance the powerful herb flavor with fresh or dried parsley, thyme and rosemary.
Basil vinaigrette in a mason jar.Basil vinaigrette in a mason jar.

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Close-up view of basil balsamic vinaigrette.Close-up view of basil balsamic vinaigrette.

Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

Top your salad with this delicious balsamic basil vinaigrette! Fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, and a few pantry staples easily come together in less than 5 minutes. It’s creamy, tangy and full of irresistible bold flavors!

To print

Course: Salad, Side dish

Kitchen: American

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Servings: 5

Calories: 143kilocalories


  • Pinch the basil leaves from the stems and peel the garlic clove.

  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You can also chop the basil and garlic by hand, then shake them into a sealed jar with the other ingredients.

  • Taste the dressing to see if you want to add more seasoning or increase any of the other flavors. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.



Portion: 2 tablespoon | Calories: 143kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 12.8g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated fat: 1g | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 8.5g | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary depending on brands and measurements used.

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