Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Vegan & Gluten Free

by Sharon on July 17, 2017

Whipping together your own salad dressing is one very easy step to less processed food in your diet. This Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing will become useful staple you will always want to have on hand.

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing - Vegan, Gluten Free

Let’s talk salad dressing! If you are a label reader like I am you might notice some strange ingredients on the back of a salad dressing bottle. Things like preservatives and funky oils. Gross and weird and probably not too good for me or anyone else. Making your own is super easy!

Normally I shake all the ingredients together in a little mason jar but for some reason I seem to have lost the lids for the jars I have. Well, not the whole lid, just the round, disky thing the covers the mouth of the jar. I still have the rings, which now are rendered pretty useless. Oh well, no worry. I used the small cup from my NutriBullet and the lid it came with and shook up all the goodness in that. Stores in the fridge. Perfect.

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing - Vegan, Gluten Free

So what have I been up to this summer besides making salad dressing?

For one, I’ve been very social! I wouldn’t describe myself as anti-social or an introvert per se, but I am definitely a homebody and teetotal. Does that mean I drink tea? I never really got that word. Teetotal. Either way, I drink way more tea than booze and I spend most of my free time at home.

But the last three weeks have been super busy with lots of fun visitors! First my BFF Julie came from Victoria. We had makeovers at Nordstrom’s, a fancy dinner at Ancora then topped the night off with great seats at the Queen + Adam Lambert concert. A day/night to remember for sure. We also saw a dead body! I wont go into detail but there is never a dull moment in the big city.

Throwback to Canada Day long weekend when @thehonoursystem and I celebrated many years of friendship by getting fancy, dining at #ancora and taking in #adamlambert at the #queen concert! So fabulous ??
Next I spent a wonderful day with a couple of honeymooners! My friend, Cassandra and her new hubby were in town on one stop in many around the beautiful BC west coast. We had a great time catching up over a big buffet breakfast at a Coal Harbour hotel followed by a stroll around my favourite place in Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon.
Then last week another friend from Ontario was in town! Becca is always travelling somewhere fabulous and I usually get together with her during pit stops in Vancouver. We went to The Elbow Room Café which is iconic in Vancouver for its sassy service. Not really recommended for kids. 😉

It’s been so fun seeing friends and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Sunny, warm and bright.

Just like this Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing!

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing - Vegan, Gluten Free

Enjoy. 🙂

Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing – Vegan & Gluten Free
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  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a container with a secure lid and shake it all together well
  2. Store covered in your fridge for up to a week










{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gabrielle @ eyecandypopper July 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Yes!!! I make this salad dressing often, usually minus the garlic. It's SO good! and I'll need to know more about this dead body business....?!! yikes!
Sharon July 22, 2017 at 9:59 am
Ha! Yikes is right! We had just left a fancy dinner and right around the corner was a crime scene complete with cops, coroners and a dead body under a sheet! Very shocking.
Liv July 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm
This looks old so good!! LOoks easy to make I will have to try it!
Sharon July 24, 2017 at 12:57 am
Thanks Liv. :)
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen July 30, 2017 at 7:14 am
Um a dead body?! I once *thought* I saw a dead body on my way to work (later found out he had been hit by a car, but survived) and I got so shook up I had to take an hour to calm down lol. Recipe looks great though! I make a similar one but with lemon juice instead of ACV. The bottled ones just taste gross to me now!
Sharon July 30, 2017 at 8:45 am
It was pretty shocking, but I have hardened a bit out here. I see so much sadness everyday on the streets of Vancouver. Terrible cases of mental illness, addiction and homelessness. Very different than sweet Burlington that is for sure. The body we saw plunged to his death off of the Granville bridge. Awful. It's a beautiful city, but there are many, many problems swept under the rug. :( And I second the weird tasting store bought dressings too! I also love the ACV but Joe detests it and calls me out whenever I use it. Lol.

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