White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette is light, sweet, and tangy with just enough oil to coat a salad and not leave it soggy. This vinaigrette is part of my very favorite summer salad recipe, my sister Jenny’s Orange Parsley Salad.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

I highly recommend that you shake up a batch of this dressing today and have it ready to go for all your salads. This dressing is so good on its own, I’ve doubled the original recipe and given it its own post.

Not only is this easy salad dressing perfect on that Orange Parsley Salad, it’s phenomenal on just about any salad I’ve tried it with.

Mild and tart with the right balance of sweetness, this dressing works wonders on all kinds of salads. It’s especially delicious on any salad with fruit! Everyone loves this versatile homemade salad dressing.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Making your own salad dressings is one of the easiest, simplest kitchen skills to have up your sleeve. Just pour the ingredients in a jar, shake, and pour or store. Only one step more than opening a store-bought dressing bottle and way more economical.

I used white sugar and light olive oil in this white balsamic dressing recipe to complement the tang of the vinegar. A dash of salt and black pepper are all the seasoning this tasty dressing needs.

Serve this dressing right away or store it in the fridge. It keeps well in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for about a month. Shake it up again before adding to your salad to make sure everything gets combined well again.

If you’re avoiding white sugar, you can make this recipe with honey or agave nectar as well. Keep in mind, however, that the honey will add a completely different flavor. Personally, I prefer the taste of this dressing when it’s made with white granulated sugar.

White Balsamic Dressing

White Balsamic Vinegar

These days, the vinegar aisle at the grocery store is overflowing with all kinds of options. For years, I relied on standard balsamic vinegar (dark balsamic vinegar) for making most of my homemade salad dressings.

I’ve shared how much we love The BEST Balsamic Vinaigrette before and it continues to be one of my most frequently used salad dressings. However, sometimes you want a dressing with less intensity and sweetness than classic balsamic.

That’s when white balsamic vinegar comes in handy! Made from the same grapes as the darker balsamic but cooked at a lower temperature, white balsamic maintains a lighter color and much milder flavor. Those qualities make it just perfect for pairing with light and fruity salads where a bold dressing can be overwhelming.

If you’ve never tried a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing, you’re in for a treat. This dressing recipe has all the tangy flavor of a classic balsamic vinaigrette but with a lighter taste.

Food nerds who want the whole scoop on the differences between different types of balsamic vinegars can check out this Balsamic Vinegar guide.

White Balsamic Dressing

White Balsamic Dressing

Try White Balsamic Vinaigrette with Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and this Sweet Strawberry Salad with Cinnamon Roasted Pecans for a light summertime meal.

It’s also ideal for tossing with Carver’s Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Almonds and this Grape and Candied Walnut Salad.

The white vinegar flavor makes it perfect for any kind of salad with fruit, like Stone Fruit SaladMango Summer Salad and a classic Strawberry Spinach Salad

If you like this salad dressing, you’ll love my Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette and Orange Citrus Vinaigrette. Looking for something with spice? Give Honey Lime Jalapeño Vinaigrette a try as well.

Fruit salad fans will enjoy the flavors in Hawaiian Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Salad Dressing along with Honey Lime Winter Fruit Salad.

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White Balsamic Dressing

White Balsamic Vinaigrette

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White Balsamic Vinaigrette is light, sweet, and tangy with just enough oil to coat a salad and not leave it soggy.
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Servings: 16 tablespoons (About 1 cup total)


  • 1/2 cup light flavored olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month. Enjoy!


If you are avoiding white sugar, yes, you can make this with honey. However, it will have a completely different flavor. The honey version is tasty, but the one with sugar is my personal favorite.


Calories: 75kcal · Carbohydrates: 4g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Sodium: 146mg · Potassium: 5mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 1IU · Calcium: 2mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally posted 3-30-13 – photos and recipes notes updated 3-17-22}

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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. Anonymous says

    I have been doing this for years. I substitute light agave
    for the sugar. Add a little granulated garlic. Incredible taste.

    • Mary says

      You can substitute champagne vinegar if it's easier to find in your area. I've purchased both of them locally at Trader Joe's and Sprouts. They are also available online, through Amazon. Hope that helps!

    • Mary says

      Oops, almost forgot, you can absolutely make this with a regular balsamic vinegar, it simply won't be as pretty. Good luck!

  2. Velva says

    I can't even remember when the last time I used a bottle dressing- making your vinagrette is the only way to go! So easy and delicious. Love yours.


    • Mary says

      I think it would probably work fine, but I haven’t tried that myself. If you try it, please let me know how it works for you!

  3. Paula says

    I am making spring mix with berries
    The vinaigrette is delicious. I used a little less sugar & no salt & pepper. Should I use salt & pepper with the berries or no?

  4. Lisa says

    I just made a little jar of this dressing to toss over a bag of pre chopped slaw for a quick lunch and it’s wonderful, happily munching right now. Light, tangy and just sweet enough, I love it! Thank you!5 stars


    i have tried every store in my area and cannot find ”WHITE BALSAMIC VINEGAR”” WHAT SUBSTITUTE CAN I USE?

  6. Kim Radcliffe says

    This was totally delicious and a hit with everyone at the table! Thank you for a simple and delightful salad dressing. Your recipes rock!5 stars

  7. Katie Newman says

    Hi, Mary, I just happened upon your site. I love the idea of making homemade dressings! I’m wondering why yours don’t seem to include any mustard (Dijon)? I thought it was essential to emulsifying dressings (incl. mayo). Is it just a taste preference for you?

    Looking forward to your Poppyseed Dressing!


  8. Barbara Bushey says

    Mu husband tried a salad w/white balsamic dressing on a whim and LOVED it. FINALLY found a great tasting white balsamic dressing recipe that he’s satisfied mimics it.5 stars