Sweet Balsamic Dressing

Sweet Balsamic Dressing


This simple, no-oil balsamic dressing is the perfect marinade for mushrooms. Slice them in strips and once pliable, skewer and grill. Serve your skewers with a drizzle of dressing or brush with your favorite pesto to finish.
  • Serves: 1 cup
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Dressing

• 1/2 cup aged balsamic vinegar, (high quality preferred)
• 3 tbsp low-sodium tamari
• 3 tbsp Date Paste or maple syrup
• 1/2 tbsp onion granules
• 1 clove garlic, finely minced
• 1 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
• fresh herbs of choice (rosemary, oregano, chives), minced
• freshly ground black pepper, to taste


First, prepare your mise en place. Including the making of the Fruit Paste. Alternatively, you could another sweetener of choice.

In small bowl, whisk all ingredients together well. If using a container such as a jar, pour all ingredients into the container, close with a lid and shake vigorously.

Use as a delicious dressing, or pour over cooked potatoes with fresh basil and sliced roasted peppers for a delicious side dish.

Chef's Notes

This versatile dressing and/or marinade can be made in advance, allowing the flavors to meld together.


  • Karin C
    Karin C
    Is this the same as nutritional yeast flakes?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Yes it is. They are usually sold as "flakes." ~Ken
  • Valerie K
    Valerie K
    Can Onion Powder be used in place of Onion Granules?
  • Sandi W
    Sandi W
    Can you freeze this to use at a later date?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Yes, you can, Sandi. Upon thawing, there will likely be some separation...just reincorporate the ingredients and you will be good to go!
  • Linda  M
    Linda M
    This is fabulous! Next time I'll cook my potatoes a bit longer, but still, it was soooooo good. And lots of leftovers so I'll bet it to be even better tomorrow. Thanks Chad and staff!
  • Jim V
    Jim V
    What is the shelf life on this dressing?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Jim and thanks for your question. So the shelf life of salad dressings varies somewhat but generally speaking, vinaigrettes can be kept refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. I hope this helps! Thanks for learning with Rouxbe. Chef Kirk
  • Kerri V
    Kerri V
    Hi, Can I use a light soy sauce instead of tamari?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Kerri, yes, you can. The results are quite nice, but adjust the vinegar, as desired.
  • Stephanie F
    Stephanie F
    Having trouble getting tamari in Japan. Your comment above says I can use soy sauce, but what did you mean by adjust the vinegar? By how much? Thank you!
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    The vinegar, soy sauce, and sweetener are the biggest taste components, so achieve balance with the vinegar. The adjust, as you think it may be needed, is 'to taste'.
  • Fareen E
    Fareen E
    Are onion granules the same as onion powder?
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Fareen - great question, thank you. So you can use onion granules and powder interchangeably, for the most part. Essentially, onion powder is dehydrated, ground onion - the onion is ground into a fine, flour-like substance. Onion granules, on the other hand, while also ground, tend to be coarser - same great flavor however! Personal preference typically prevails here. I hope this helps! Chef Kirk
  • Amelia G
    Amelia G
    I cannot find nutritional yeast in Mexico, it says it is optional but what is the purpouse of this ingredient? Thanks
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Amelia - Thanks for your question. So you certainly don't need to include the nutritional yeast (or nooch) in this recipe. Nutritional yeast has become a fairly well used ingredient in vegan kitchens because, from a flavor perspective, it’s a nice substitue for chicken broth or cheese. But again, not necessarily required for this recipe. I hope this helps! Chef Kirk
  • Daniel B
    Daniel B
    How much of the fresh herbs, rosemary = , oregano = or chives = , would be appropriate for the quantity referred in this recipe. I understand that it is a question of taste but i haven't use fresh herbs and spices for that matter in my cooking and would need a bit of guidance. Is this a recipe that can be easily double using the same ratio? And finally, would you use this vinaigrette to marinate tofu or tempeh. Thank you your time.
  • Kirk B Rouxbe Staff
    Kirk B
    Hi Daniel and thanks for your question. Your instincts are great - I'd start with a TBSP of each herb (minced or torn) and then adjust your flavor profiles from there. You can also mix it up a bit depending on what's on hand. For example, I've made this recipe with only tarragon before and it was excellent. And yes, you can marinate tofu or tempeh but I would suggest brushing it on - perhaps not submerging the product in the dressing - temper the amount until you find the right balance. I hope this helps and thanks for cooking with Rouxbe! Chef Kirk
  • Sue M
    Sue M
    I have a really nice caramelised balsamic vinegar, if I used this would I leave out the sweetener or maybe reduce the quantity of it?
  • Deann H Rouxbe Staff
    Deann H
    Hi Sue, Caramelised or reduced balsamic vinegar makes a wonderful drizzle or finishing sauce, but because it's so potent, it should be used in moderation. I would not use it for this recipe because it is already very sweet and thick. Even if you leave out the sweetener, the result would not be a flavorful vinaigrette. I think it would be squandering your wonderful caramelised balsamic to use 1/2 cup of it in an experiment. Although the result might be usable as a drizzle, marinade or finishing sauce, you might not like it. Please use a good aged balsamic vinegar for this recipe and save your really nice caramelized reduction for special applications.
  • Erna S
    Erna S
    Hello, Can Braggs Amino be used instead of tamari?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Erna, Absolutely. Tamari and Braggs have slightly different flavor profiles but are pretty interchangeable as they both have an earthy, salty quality. I have used Braggs for this recipe before and found it to work well. Lauren

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