Blueberry Vinaigrette

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This is a variation of our vinaigrette base recipe. Shopping for salad dressing can be overwhelming when trying to balance flavor, price, quality, and nutrition. An easy solution to this dilemma is to make your own homemade salad dressing! This simple blueberry vinaigrette recipe is a fresh and tasty variation of traditional vinaigrette, is exceptionally nutritious, and comes together in just minutes. Learning how to make salad dressing from scratch allows you to control the ingredients, flavor, and cost – triple win! 

Health Benefits of Homemade Vinaigrette

Making your own vinaigrette allows you to choose what goes into your body, which is a great way to promote your health. All of the ingredients in this recipe are ones that you can see, recognize, and pronounce.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals which may promote cardiovascular health, decrease cancer risk, and improve cognitive function (1, 2, 3). Including them as part of a balanced diet is a good step to take towards health.

Balsamic Vinegar

Vinegar provides a lot of flavor without providing a lot of calories. The acidity in vinegar balances flavors and can help reduce the amount of salt needed in a dish which may be helpful when trying to manage high blood pressure (4). Vinegars also contain probiotics, vitamins, minerals, acids, and antioxidants that benefit health in numerous ways, from helping fight off diseases to controlling blood sugar levels (5, 6, 7).

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean Diet. It contains high amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols which may reduce inflammation. Additionally, certain nutrients require fat for absorption; using an olive oil-based dressing on your salad can help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck (8, 9)!

No Unnecessary Ingredients

Not all food additives are bad or dangerous, but we believe that it’s best to be cautious when handing your health over to food manufacturers. Many store-bought salad dressings contain fillers, stabilizers, and flavor enhancers that may not promote your health. Making your own salad dressing can give you some peace of mind; you will be able to see, pronounce, and taste all of the ingredients!

Mixing the Vinaigrette

Mixing oil and vinegar creates an emulsion. Because oil and vinegar don’t like to stay together, this emulsion won’t last forever, but having the right equipment can help!

The traditional way to make salad dressing from scratch is to use a mixing bowl and whisk. Another easy way to make an emulsified vinaigrette is by shaking the ingredients together in a mason jar or shaker bottle

However, for this recipe, we recommend using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor to blend up the berries.

Culinary Tips for a Making Blueberry Vinaigrette

This is a variation of a standard vinaigrette recipe, so we use the traditional oil to vinegar ratio: three parts oil to one part vinegar, but this ratio can vary depending on your personal taste. The less acidic the vinegar, the less oil you need. It’s all about balance!

Add the oil in a slow and steady stream for the best emulsion. Pause and taste as you add the oil; you might not need all of it.

If the vinaigrette is too tangy, add a little more honey to taste. 

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Blueberries: use fresh or frozen. If using frozen, thaw prior to blending.
  • Lemon Juice: we recommend using fresh lemon juice, but bottled lemon juice works too. For an extra lemony tang, add in a bit of lemon zest.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Aged and infused balsamic vinegars add more complex flavors and oftentimes a touch more sweetness. If using infused balsamic vinegar, choose a flavor that pairs well with blueberries.
  • Honey: substitute agave if desired.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: substitute infused extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. Choose an infused oil that would pair well with blueberries. We don’t recommend using vegetable oil, as this is not a heart-healthy oil.

Recipe Variations

Once you know the basic vinaigrette ratio and ingredients, there are endless ways you can customize this recipe to your taste! Get creative with different types of oils and vinegars, then add other ingredients such as mustards, jams, fresh or dried herbs, spices, sweeteners, or other fruits. The sky is the limit!

Need some recipe inspiration? 

Try out some of our other favorite vinaigrette variations:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

Serving Suggestions

Use the basic oil to vinegar ratio to make any quantity of vinaigrette – from a single serving for lunch to a large batch for a dinner party. Use this blueberry vinaigrette dressing tossed in with a green salad, mixed into a grain salad, or as a marinade for chicken.

How to Store Homemade Blueberry Vinaigrette

For best quality, store the vinaigrette in the refrigerator for one to two weeks. If you added fresh herbs, it probably will not last as long. If you used dried garlic instead of fresh, it will last longer than two weeks.

The vinaigrette may solidify in the fridge. Don’t worry if this happens! Simply let it sit at room temperature for 5-15 minutes, then shake vigorously to redistribute the emulsion. If that doesn’t work, microwave it for a few seconds until the oil liquifies again.

Want some more healthy recipes?

Vinaigrettes aren’t just for green salads! Check out more of our healthy salad dressings in some of our favorite non-leafy salads:

Warm Farro Salad with Spring Veggies

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

Blueberry Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This is a variation of our vinaigrette base recipe. Made from blueberries, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice, this blueberry vinaigrette offers a unique sweet and tangy flavor to your favorite salads!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine blueberries, vinegar, lemon juice and honey in a blender or food processor.

  2. Slowly add the oil, blending just until combined.

  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Frozen blueberries work too; simply thaw before blending.

 

If the vinaigrette is too tangy, add a little more honey to taste. 

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