Creamy Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

This balsamic date vinaigrette is sweet, creamy and tastes like a decadent dressing you’d have on a fancy restaurant salad. It’s only sweetened by the natural sweetness of dates and has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

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A clear glass jar of balsamic date dressing with a spoon.

Why you’ll love it

This creamy balsamic date dressing will take your salad from good to absolutely delicious.

And if there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s that salad should be amazing, not a boring bowl of lifeless greens. That means using amazing salad dressings.

You’ll need to get out your blender for this one, but it’s still incredibly easy! You’ll throw your ingredients in and that’s it- done.

Plus, there’s no added sugar from refined sources. This dressing is only sweetened with dates which are also high in fiber and antioxidants too- win win! In fact, one serving has 2 grams of fiber!

This balsamic dressing is perfect for anything from a fresh garden salad to drizzling on top of roasted veggies or avocado toast.

Ingredients for balsamic date vinaigrette on a wooden board with labels.

Ingredients

  1. Medjool dates
  2. Balsamic vinegar
  3. Extra virgin olive oil
  4. Shallot
  5. Dijon mustard
  6. Salt & garlic powder

I prefer an aged balsamic vinegar, but any traditional balsamic vinegar will work. You can also experiment with different vinegars like white wine vinegar or white balsamic.

Instructions

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a high speed blender (this one is my favorite). Blend on high until dressing is smooth and creamy. You may have to use a silicone spatula to occasionally scape down the sides. Note: If you prefer a thinner consistency, add 1-2 tablespoons of additional water at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, shallot, dijon mustard, salt and garlic pepper in a blender.
Balsamic date vinaigrette being blended in a blender.
  1. Drizzle on top of your favorite crunchy salad or veggies!

Storage info: Store in the fridge for up to 5 days for max freshness. I find that this dressing stays fully emulsified in the fridge and stores really well, so it’s a great one to make ahead.

A spoon drizzle balsamic date dressing back into a clear jar.

Salad ingredients that pair well

Not sure what to use this balsamic date vinaigrette on? Here are some salad ingredients that will pair amazingly well with it!

  • Dark greens like kale and spinach
  • Red or green cabbage
  • Shredded brussels sprouts
  • Red onion
  • Sliced apple
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Feta cheese
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Toasted walnuts or pecans
  • Roasted sweet potatoes

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A clear glass jar of balsamic date dressing with a spoon.

Creamy Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

A sweet and tangy, creamy dressing made from sweet dates, balsamic dressing and olive oil.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 medjool dates roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 small shallot roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic

Instructions

  • Add all of your ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until dressing is smooth and creamy. If needed, use a silicone spatula to occasionally scape down the sides.

Notes

If you prefer a thinner dressing, add a tablespoon at a time of water until you reach your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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4 Responses

  1. Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with the hubby. I put it on a spinach salad with dates, red onion, cooked chicken, and feta cheese.

  2. 5 stars
    So good! Used this dressing to recreate a salad from a favorite pizza place (arugula, goat cheese, pear, pistachio, and date vinaigrette).

    Shallot is VERY strong. I used only 2/3 of one shallot and it was still really strong.

    1. Yum, that sounds amazing! Good note, I think shallot sizes are hard to nail because they vary so much. Better to start with less and add more if it needs it for sure 🙂

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