Homemade salad dressings are so easy to make and give a salad a delicious fresh flavor. My Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is perfect to drizzle over a side salad or even an entree salad with grilled chicken. This is the perfect recipe to use those ripe summer berries!
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There are several reasons why I make homemade salad dressings. It’s easy to customize the flavors to go with a meal and make something a little different that you would not see sitting on the shelf at the grocery store. I also like to be in control of my ingredients, by opting for less olive oil and sugar to keep my vinaigrette on the lighter side. I also like the idea of using something that has no preservatives!
What ingredients are in blackberry balsamic vinaigrette?
I keep my ingredients simple and lite so the blackberry flavor really shines. The sweetness of the berries is a perfect combination with the tangy balsamic.
Here’s the ingredients needed:
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
How to make blackberry vinaigrette
My blackberry vinaigrette dressing recipe is so easy you’ll want to use this all summer while blackberries are in peak season!
Start with washing your blackberries in a colander. Add them to a small sauce pan with water. Turn the heat to medium and when the water begins to heat up the berries will start to break down, reducing them to a liquid. Help them out by smashing them against the side of your pan with a spoon.
When the berries are reduced you can strain the liquid into a small bowl. This will remove the seeds giving you a nice smooth texture for the blackberry vinaigrette.
Allow the liquid to cool and add the remaining ingredients. Pour dressing into a jar with a tight fitting lid. A mason jar works perfectly, securely tighten lid and shake vigorously. Store in refrigerator until you are ready to serve, and remember to give a good shake again before poring on salad. Oil and vinegar with separate after sitting for a few minutes.
Because this vinaigrette has no preservatives it is best to use within 5-7 days. This dressing can be made ahead of time for the week and easily doubled if you need more than this recipe makes.
Blackberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing is great on a side salad or with an entree salad with grilled chicken. This dressing was the inspiration for my Marinated Grilled Chicken and Blackberry Salad. The blackberry vinaigrette is delicious on chicken with goat cheese and toasted almonds.
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Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Wash blackberries and place on stove top with water on medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and mash blackberries with the back of a spoon to help break down.
- After berries have reduced to mostly liquid remove from heat. strain through a fine mesh sieve reserving just the liquid in a mason jar. This will remove seeds.
- Allow blackberry liquid to cool and add other ingredients.
- Screw lid from mason jar tightly and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. Drizzle over your favorite salad!