Garlic and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette


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Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenTangy and slightly sweet, this Garlic and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette is excellent on almost any salad combination. It has been my husband’s favorite dressing for the past two weeks.

I have to admit that I was truly put off by the color the first time I made this. (Is it just me or do pretty things tend to taste better?)

I’m happy to tell you that this brown salad dressing tastes much better than it looks.

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Garlic and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to and several versions at
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  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar I might try white balsamic vinegar next time to see how the color is affected
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar optional


  • Layer the first six ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Puree until smooth and then slowly add the olive oil in a thin trickle. Puree another minute or so, until dressing is thick. Taste the dressing and add the white sugar if you want a sweeter dressing. We preferred it with the sugar. Pulse a few times to mix in the sugar. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Lizzy says

    This could seriously become MY favorite dressing! My sister always adds a slosh of soy to her vinaigrettes, so I need to follow in both your footsteps. Copying to try~

  2. Mary says

    Blonde Duck – You are sweet, but that isn't even on the To Do list. I'll happily read your writings though and bask in the knowledge that I already have a published friend!

  3. Marjie says

    I really like honey-mustard vinaigrette, so this ought to be wonderful, too! I do have to admit that brown salad dressing is off-putting, to say the least, but we all have to make sacrifices for our taste buds sometimes, right?

  4. Janeen says

    Would you ever consider putting this on a sweet/savory salad — like a melon salad that has red onion in it? Perhaps weird, but I like combos of sweet and savory.

  5. Mary says

    Janeen – This is a really tangy dressing, I'm not sure if I would personally like it on a salad with fruit, but I know that my husband would. If it helps, I'm posting a different dressing this weekend that works beautifully with a sweeter salad.

  6. Becki's Whole Life says

    That is too funny….I have never thought about the color of salad dressing before…oh no – I will never look at my salad the same – ha. This sounds great. Balsamic with garlic is such a yummy flavor combo. This would be nice over a caprese salad.