Have you read the ingredients on a bottle of salad dressing lately?

Holy cow…since when do you need over 20 ingredients for something as simple as a vinaigrette?  Yikes! Especially if some of those ingredients are artificial colorings and preservatives.

No thank you.

I’ll make it myself, thank you very much.

I try to eat a lot of salads since that’s a great way to eat fresh veggies, and even fruits. When I first started following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, I avoided them because the salad dressing issue really made things complicated…or at least that’s what I thought.

Anymore, I often just simply drizzle balsamic vinegar and EVOO on my salads. But sometimes I want something with a bit more depth of flavor, so I’ll whip up a super simple Easy Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette.

Why mustard? It sort of acts like an emulsifier.

The oil and vinegar will separate out after a while, but the mustard will hold the vinagrette together long enough to eat your salad, at least. It also gives it a terrific tangy zing that I just love.

There’s a golden ratio you want to hit when making a vinaigrette. The ratio of oil to vinegar you want to aim for is 3:1, meaning three parts oil to one part vinegar. Depending on the type of vinegar used, you may want more or less, but that 3:1 ratio is the “sweet zone” for making  a perfect vinaigrette.

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Easy Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette (THM-S)


  • 3/4 c Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c Balsamic vinegar (or ACV such as Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar, or any vinegar of choice)
  • 1 Tbs dijon or honey mustard
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • (Optional) pinch of stevia


In a bowl, whisk together the mustard and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the oil to make an emulsion. Or, if you’re lazy in a hurry like me most of the time, just whisk it all together at once. Shake or whisk well before using. Store in a beautiful cruet like this one, if you have one!

Makes approximately one cup of vinaigrette.

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2 Comments on Easy Balsamic Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing | No Sugar or Artificial Ingredients

    • Hi Wanda,

      You could swap lemon juice for vinegar, it will just change the flavor a little. Adjust the seasonings to your taste preference!

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