Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

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I love homemade condiments. They taste better than store bought and I can control the ingredients that I use.  If you’ve looked at the ingredients in many of your favorites condiments, you’ll probably understand why I like to make my own. When I received Homemade Condiments by Jessica Harlan, I knew that this would be a great resource to learn more.  This cookbook includes artisan recipes using fresh, natural ingredients.

Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe over Caprese Salad

Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

With spring only a few days away (I hope), I know that I will be eating a lot more salads.  Nothing tastes better than fresh lettuce from my garden and adding a vinaigrette to it just makes it taste even better. This herb infused balsamic vinegar recipe can be used on your salad or even drizzled over new potatoes before you grill them.   I’m enjoying it over a caprese salad today.

Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe
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  • 7 to 10 springs of fresh thyme
  • 1 cup of balsamic vinegar


  1. Wash the thyme & dry it by placing it between two sheets of paper towels and patting gently.
  2. In a small saucepan, put the balsamic vinegar and the fresh thyme. Bring to simmer over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 1 to 3 hours to infuse flavors.
  5. Strain through cheesecloth or fine sieve into sterilized bottle.
  6. Refrigerate for up to 6 months.

Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

Making your own condiments is very easy and it’s a great way to avoid those preservative filled bottles on the grocery store shelves. I cannot wait to try more of the recipes in this cookbook.  Can you imagine a roasted red pepper aioli or a sweet pickle relish made from all natural ingredients? Yum!

Have you ever made your own condiments?


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  1. I'll bet it tastes worlds better than store-bought anyhow. This sounds fabulous, Ellen!
  2. Mel {MamaBuzz} says
    Dan loves a good vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar. Definitely pinning so we can try this. It's so hard to find a good salad dressing at the store that doesn't have a bunch of stuff we don't want in it.:)
  3. Amy Desrosiers says
    I actually do love this meal, and dressing recipe myself! Caprese salad is one of my all time favorite sides ever! 
  4. This recipe looks so good and easy to make. It bet it would be good with chicken too. 
  5. Stacey @ Cheap is the New Classy says
    I've never really made my own condiments, but I LOVE Caprese Salad and it looks like this Herb Infused Balsamic Vinegar Recipe is really easy!
  6. Gosh that's so simple. I wouldn't have thought! I love making my own garam masala :)
  7. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    Mmm, I could easily fall in love with this. I've really been wanting to make my own dressings more often, thanks for this 
  8. That salad looks so delicious. I love balsamic vinegar dressings, too. 
  9. Jen Temcio @dapperhouse says
    What a great recipe book to have! I am going to make this in pretty bottles  to give to the neighbors when they bring me veggies fro their gardens! 
  10. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
    I have never made my own condiments. I could devour all of the tomatoes and cheese you've got there though.
  11. i LOVE Balsamic vinegar.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this. i want to make it now. 
  12. This sounds so good.  Your salad is absolutely making me hungry, love the chunks of cheese.
  13. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    yummy! This sounds great topped over a fresh salad. Can it be eaten on Paleo do you know> 
    • Ellen Christian says
      The herb infused balsamic vinegar is definitely OK for paleo but not the mozzarella cheese in the Caprese salad.
  14. I've definitely been wanting to make my own condiments! This looks scrumptious!
  15. I have never made my own condiments persay, but my own dips, so if that counts, yes. :)
  16. Jennifer Soltys says
    The only condiment I have ever made is my own ranch dressing. This sounds super tasty, though, and I would love to try it!!!
  17. I absolutely love balsamic and have a lot of fresh herbs out on the patio. I'll have to give this a try.
  18. Robin Adler says
    Nice, healthy and easy recipe! I usually just use vinegar and oil but I love the addition of the fresh herbs.
  19. Yum!  That salad looks delicious.  One of my favorite kinds.
  20. Michele Brosius says
    I make a lot of my own salad dressings. There is something about the flavor of balsamic vinegar that makes everything taste better. Your salad looks great and I bet in VT you are really hoping spring comes soon!
  21. I make my own salad dressings, mayo, mustard, ketchup, sriracha and more.  I've even made a homemade marmite substitute.  This looks great.  Think I'll try it when I have some fresh herbs.   Which, given the VT forecast, will be quite some time :(
  22. This looks really easy and a great way to add flavor without the fat!
  23. Catherine L. says
    This seems like a simple and delicious recipe. I love balsamic vinegar dressings, so I'm going to give it a try.
  24. Oh yum!! I make all my own dressings too. So delicious!
  25. Katy Rawson says
    Oh my gosh, delicious! I love balsamic so much. I'm so going to have to do this because I love having salads and creating unique flavors, but I hate the additional calories that comes with using store-bought dressings. Great idea.
  26. I love a good flavored vinegar and just a bit of a quality olive oil on my salads. mmm mmm good!
  27. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says
    Great Recipe Ellen, I make this a lot and we LOVE it.. Tomatoes and Mozzarella salad is one of our favorites and we have it almost every week.. yours looks delicious.. thanks for sharing

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