Citrus Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

by Pamela

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A basic balsamic vinaigrette recipe will take you pretty far in the kitchen (use it on salads, baked chicken, crostini, a cheese plate….), but if you kick it up a bit, you’ve got yourself something that will make you a rock star. Oh, and it’s super easy to do too.

So your basic homemade vinaigrette recipe is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, doesn’t get much easier than that does it (but you can play with those ratios all you want)? While that will save you lots of money (and the ingestion of God knows what from those bottled dressings) it’s not exactly the best you can do. Sure, you could add salt and pepper, maybe some Dijon mustard and a handful of shallots, but why not play around with the balsamic vinegar a little bit.

If you’ve ever had some of the more expensive balsamic vinegars, you may have noticed that they’re sweeter and thicker than the usual stuff. Well, you can do something similar with your cheapo bottle of balsamic too. You just reduce it in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. While that will give you a completely new flavor than what you started with, why not add even more flavor.

It's easy to make your own flavored balsamic vinegar

I’ve been seeing flavored “finishing vinegars” in the stores a lot lately. Guess what they are? Reduced balsamic vinegar with fruits or vegetables added for flavor. At $11 per 2 ounce bottle, I think I’ll make it myself thank you. They recommend that you drizzle these vinegars over your dishes just before serving (which is a great idea for kicking up a boring pot of vegetables), but you can also make them into a tasty salad dressing.

I have a fig vinegar that I use a lot and plan to start making my own (not at $5.50 an ounce thank you). But today I thought I’d share a citrus balsamic vinegar that I made. This balsamic vinegar is sweeter than regular balsamic, but not so sweet you feel like you just ate a sugar cube.

It’s so easy to add flavor to vinegar I’m guessing you’ll start to go a little crazy and end up with quite the collection. Things like raspberry, fig, garlic and maybe a spicy pepper.

Which one are you going to make first?

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
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A basic balsamic vinaigrette recipe will get you far in the kitchen, but kicking it up a bit with the addition of citrus will make you a star.
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Rind From One Orange (no pith)
  • Rind From One Lemon (no pith)
  • Rind From One Lime (no pith)
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Cook until vinegar has reduced by ⅓ (you'll be left with ⅔ cup). This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Gently swirl or stir the pan while the vinegar is reducing.
  4. DO NOT stick your nose directly over the pan and inhale while it's reducing. I promise you that your nose will burn and your eyes will water (good news'll only do that once).
  5. Remove from heat and pour through a strainer.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Pour into a lidded container.
  8. No need to refrigerate.
This recipe makes ⅔ cup of citrus flavored balsamic vinegar.


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