It’s always nice to have a balsamic dressing recipe handy and this one is pretty fabulous! It’s of a two-fold goodness. For one, I prefer to make my own dressing whenever possible. I like to know the exact ingredients and methods used. Secondly, I’m always trying to add healthy twists to my meals whenever I can. With this balsamic vinaigrette I have combined flax seed oil with the traditional extra virgin olive oil to add an extra dose of omega-3 to my diet. I felt that with the strength of the dijon, mustard and balsamic vinegar it wouldn’t alter the underlying flavor. And I was right, this has a nice easy flavor just like I like it, a little sweet and tangy. Pure perfection!
The omega-3 fatty acid is a heart-healthy fat. Considered an essential fatty acid, the human body can not produce the fat on its own and it must be consumed through diet to provide its health benefits. It is recommended to get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements. It can be found in many plant-based forms such as walnuts, flaxseed, hemp hearts, canola oil, and soybean oil. The highest concentration of omega-3 in oils is flaxseed oil. Omega-3 fat makes up about 50% of the oil in flaxseeds. One teaspoon of flaxseed oil or one tablespoon of ground flaxseed will supply the daily requirement of ALA.
Omega-3 has been shown to decrease the risk and impact of heart disease and risk of heart attacks. Adding flaxseed oil into your diet can aid in the prevention of heart disease. When digested, it enters the blood and helps prevent inflammation in the blood vessels and slows the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels.
Flaxseed oil should be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer to protect them from oxygen damage. Also, keep in mind that heat will damage the omega-3s in flaxseed oil, it is important not to heat this oil. Looking to add flaxseed oil to your diet, try adding a teaspoon of flaxseed oil to a smoothie or drizzled on a salad.
In the above picture on the left I’ve mixed everything but the oil. Mixing the ingredients first without the oil helps to emulsify the mustard. In the picture on the right the oil has been added and mixed well. It is ready to drizzle on a salad, steamed or raw veggies, or anywhere you would usually use balsamic vinaigrette.
Below you can see the dressing is thick and cling to whatever you add it to. I hope you enjoy this delicious, heart-healthy dressing as much as I do!
FLAX & EVO BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
- 1/4 cup flax seed oil or hemp seed oil
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup, optional
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard or stoneground
- 1 glove garlic, minced
- himalayan salt & pepper to taste
In a small/medium size mason jar, or other container of choice, combine the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, garlic and salt & pepper, mix well to emulsify the mustard. Add in the oil and mix well. Taste for flavor.
Drizzle on salads or vegetables…anything you like! Keep refrigerated and use within a week.
Makes 1 cup, serves 8
You can also make this without the flax oil and it will last about a month.
Always store flax seed & hemp seed oil in the refrigerator.