Balsamic Vinaigrette and Marinade

Because balsamic vinegar is very sweet, it needs a slightly sour counterpoint. In this case, it is lemon juice. It also needs a bit of zip, like pepper or mustard. Use this recipe as a dressing or a marinade.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup avocado oil


  • Place all ingredients except the oil in a blender. With the blender running on a medium setting, slowly pour the oil into the jar. Blend until very smooth. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.