Eat Well
Mar. 1. 2022

This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette will add so much flavor to your next delicious homemade salad. 

Our core belief here is that balanced eating should be both nutrient-dense and delicious-dense! One of the unique elements in our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals is the Flavor Factor, which is all about adding ingredients that help make your meal taste delicious and even more nutritious, including sauces, dressings, spices, and herbs.

Made with dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, this Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette will quickly become your go-to dressing for all of your homemade salads or bowls! 

Make this Flavor Factor recipe on your batch cooking day and you’ll be able to enjoy it in a variety of ways throughout the week! 

Using The Foundational Five To Create This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition. This includes Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor. The Flavor Factor brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals! 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Balsamic Vinegar Nutrition Benefits

Contributes to a healthy gut microbiome due to its acetic acid content 
Fights free radicals through a potent antioxidant count
Promotes healthy blood sugar levels 
Contains antimicrobial properties 

Ingredients Needed To Make This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Dijon mustard
Garlic or Shallot
Mayo (or vegan mayo)

How To Make This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

First, simply gather your ingredients including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic or shallots, honey, and mayo. Next, combine all in a container with a resealable lid. Lastly, shake vigorously until all ingredients are well combined and emulsified.

Tips for Making This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

There’s a tip you should keep in mind that will help you easily store this Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Store in Air-tight Glass Swing Bottles 

Utilizing air-tight glass swing bottles for storage will keep your dressing tasting fresh and delicious for up to a week. Plus, their pour-friendly tops make it easy to mix into any salad, grain bowl, or stir fry!  

Double or Triple the Recipe!

Want this dressing to last you all week long for many delicious salads and balanced meals? Then just double or triple the recipe amount to fill up a glass jar to coast you through many balanced salads.

What To Serve With This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette To Make It Balanced

This dressing is a great source of flavor factors and fat, meaning it will add a boost of enjoyment and satiety to any meal!

To help round it out and make a Foundational Five meal, be sure to add it to a bowl, dish, or plate that has your other Foundational Five components (protein, starchy or sugary carbohydrates, and non-starchy carbohydrate).  Salads are such an easy way to incorporate all of these ingredients! 

FAQ About How To Make This Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette:

Do I have to use shallots?

Not necessarily! If you don’t have shallots on hand, or you usually don’t prefer them, you can omit them and just use the garlic clove.

How long will this recipe last?

When stored in an air-tight glass container, you can use this dressing for up to a week.