Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad

by Kelli on October 9, 2012

Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad
I was trying to remember the last time I bought bottled dressing.  The best guess I could come up with, is maybe two years ago.  It’s been so long, I really can’t even remember.  Clearly, it’s not something I miss buying.  For me, dressing fall into the category of ‘why buy it, when you can make it’.I’ve got a great go-to recipe for Balsamic Vinaigrette for you today.  If you’re already stocking your fridge with your own dressing, here’s another recipe to add to your arsenal.  And, if you haven’t yet tested the waters of making dressing at home, you should give it a shot….I promise you, it’s quick (as in, it takes just a couple minutes), easy (I usually just whisk this together in a glass measuring cup) and delicious.

 Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad

What kind of friend would I be if I gave you a great vinaigrette recipe without something delicious to put it on?!  So, I wanted to share a salad I’ve been hooked on for the past couple weeks.  I love this combination of textures and flavors!  It’s crispy & crunchy, and slightly bitter & spicy, yet sweet and nutty.  It’s been making such a regular appearance on my table, I’m dubbing it my Fall Salad.
Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad
Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad

Yield: Vinaigrette makes 1 cup & Salad serves 2


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salad
  • Arugula
  • 1 medium apple, quartered, core removed & sliced thin (I like Fuji or Gala)
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, sliced thing
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans



In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and whisk together. Let stand 10 minutes. Slowly whisk in olive oil.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Arrange a bed of arugula on each plate. Top with apple, fennel and pecans. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette & A Fall Salad


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kels @ K and K Test Kitchen October 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

There is definitely no reason to buy salad dressing, especially when it is so easy to whip up something delicious like this vinaigrette! Love the salad too! Fennel is probably one of my favorite salad ingredients.


Jerrica October 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Nice recipe with salad, I gonna try the same.balsamic vinegar


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