Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

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Mix up a little deliciousness in this Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing. It’s packed with flavor and couldn’t be easier to prepare.

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I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing.

There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways.

  1. Orchard Chicken Salad
  2. Mediterranean Steak Salad
  3. Harvest Salad with Chicken, Apples, and Cheddar
  4. Pesto and Feta Pasta Salad with Cranberries
  5. Buffalo Chicken Salad
  6. Tossed Salad with Peperoncinis and Feta
  7. Easy Greek Pasta Salad

I could go on….

But the real point of this post is to convey the necessity of making your own salad dressings.

It was sometime in college when I realized that salad dressing was just as easy to make from scratch as it was to open a bottle of commercially made salad dressing. That discovery opened a whole world of flavors and tastes. Especially since I love salads.

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Stock your cupboard with some basic salad dressing ingredients and you can whip up some tasty dressings in just a manner of minutes. Consider keeping these items on hand:

  • vinegar: red wine, rice, white wine, balsamic, apple cider
  • mustard: dry and Dijon
  • oil: sunflower, avocado, olive
  • jams: strawberry, apricot, or raspberry
  • herbs and spices

You can mix and match these in an array of combos for great dressings that will never bore you. Head here if you need a formula.

Pro tip: salad dressings make great meat marinades!

One flavor combination that is absolutely delicious is balsamic and tarragon. The herb and the sweetish vinegar combine well. Stir in a little Dijon mustard for a little bite and you’ve got a dressing or marinade to wow even the snobbiest of foodies.

I particularly love this dressing on simple composed salads. If blue cheese is involved, so much the better.

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Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Mix up a little deliciousness in this Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing. It's packed with flavor and couldn't be easier to prepare.
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balsamic vinaigrette, dressing, homemade dressing, homemade salad dressing, raspberry vinaigrette dressing, salad dressing, vinaigrette
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Calories: 68 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. In a small bowl or glass combine the vinegar, mustard, tarragon, garlic, and salt and pepper. Blend well.
  2. Stir in the olive oil in a thin stream, mixing constantly.
  3. Use as a salad dressing or marinade for fish, chicken, or beef.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.
Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 tablespoon.

Nutrition Facts
Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Originally published October 26, 2011. Updated April 22, 2017.

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  4. I love good salads. I wish that I would make more effort to prepare them like you have suggested here. I just don’t think about it. No wonder I’m bored with veggies and lettuce!

  5. Susan says

    I do tarragon and balsamic too but I also add some pureed strawberries. My husband’s absolute favorite. 🙂

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