Boost Your Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

Think beyond your basic salad. Balsamic dressing goes with . . . just about everything! Bonus: it’s easy to make! This recipe has a health boost from the addition of chia seeds. This results in a thicker than standard vinaigrette due to the chia seeds absorbing some of the liquid.

This recipe can also be used as a sauce over pork, beef, or chicken. Add some quinoa, pasta, or roasted vegetables and you have a meal. It’s also a great addition to wraps.

Chia seeds are gluten-free and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They can be added to dressings or smoothies and sprinkled on top of oatmeal or yogurt. The seeds expand when they come in contact with liquid.

Balsamic vinegar is a dark vinegar made from pressed grapes that go through an aging process that converts to vinegar. The result is a rich vinegar that is both sweet and acidic. It should be stored in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard.

Suggested salads for this scratch-made, healthy balsamic vinaigrette dressing include:

  • Spinach, chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, and mozzarella

  • Tri-color quinoa, pears, dates, chicken, toasted pecans, and shaved parmesan


¼ c balsamic vinegar

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 T raw honey

1 T dijon mustard

1 T chia seeds

¼ t salt

¼ t pepper

Whisk all ingredients together by hand or mix in a blender. You can also add all ingredients to a mason jar and shake. Using a blender will result in a thicker consistency. The dressing will thicken over a 24 hour period due to the chia seeds.

The recipe makes approximately ½ cup of vinaigrette.

Store prepared vinaigrette in the refrigerator. If separation occurs just shake or whisk prior to use.