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Blackberry Vinaigrette

A homemade blackberry vinaigrette recipe is just what you need for all your fresh salad recipes, especially when fresh blackberries are in season. Drizzle the tart and tangy dressing over your favorite salad greens, sandwiches, and hearty cheeses, or you can use it to marinate grilled bisonchicken, or steak.

Blackberry vinaigrette in a jar.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Garlic: I recommend using two fresh garlic cloves, but measure with your heart. 
  • Blackberries: I love blackberries, and this dressing is a perfect recipe for using extra berries from berry picking or a grocery store deal. Fresh blackberries are in season from late spring through the end of summer, so the flavor of the dressing will vary depending on the ripeness of the berries you use. Ripe blackberries produce a sweeter dressing, whereas the less ripe berries make the dressing more tart, requiring honey to balance the flavor.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Adjust the vinaigrette’s flavor by adding balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds creaminess to the dressing.
  • Honey: Adding honey is a great option to offset the tartness of the blackberries if they are less ripe or if you enjoy a sweeter-tasting dressing. 
  • Olive Oil: Use extra virgin olive oil as a base for the blackberry vinaigrette.
  • Spices: Season the homemade dressing with salt and black pepper. 

Additions and Substitutions

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

Process the simple ingredients for the blackberry vinaigrette dressing with an immersion blender or food processor. Use a mortar and pestle if you prefer to muddle the ingredients by hand. I recommend combining them in a large liquid measuring cup so you can pour it through a fine mesh sieve to strain the dressing. 

How to Make Blackberry Vinaigrette

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Combine garlic and blackberries into a paste using an immersion blender or food processor.

Use a mortar and pestle if you prefer to muddle the ingredients by hand. Transfer the mixture to a liquid measuring cup.

Blackberries and garlic combined in a bowl.

Step 2: Stir balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey (if using) into the berry mixture.

Blackberry vinaigrette in a bowl.

Step 3: Slowly pour olive oil over the measuring cup while whisking the ingredients together by hand or with an immersion blender to emulsify.

Then, taste and season with salt and black pepper. 

Blending blackberry vinaigrette with an immersion blender.

Step 4: Pour the dressing through a fine mesh sieve into an airtight container for storage and discard the seeds. 

Straining the dressing through a sieve.
Blackberry vinaigrette in a jar.

Expert Tips

  • I recommend blending the ingredients, tasting, and then adjusting the salt, pepper, sweetener, oil, and vinegar until you find the perfect balance.  
  • Feel free to skip the straining step if you don’t mind having blackberry seeds in your dressing. 

If you enjoy this recipe, pair it with one of these healthy lunches!

Blackberry vinaigrette in a jar.

Serving Suggestions

Use the homemade blackberry vinaigrette to dress a cucumber saladvegetable chopped salad, or arugula spinach salad. Drizzle the delicious dressing over smoked brie or sliced goat cheese for charcuterie boards or a cheese board.

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store the leftover vinaigrette in an airtight container like a mason jar for one week, and guess what? It taste even better the next day! However, the dressing will thicken once refrigerated because of the olive oil, so I recommend removing it from the fridge 30 minutes before you need it, giving it a good stir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen blackberries to make the vinaigrette?

Use fresh or frozen blackberries to make the blackberry salad dressing. If using frozen berries, thaw them first. Frozen blackberries will produce a thinner dressing, so be ready to adjust the oil and vinegar accordingly.

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Blackberry vinaigrette in a jar.

Blackberry Vinaigrette

Tressa Jamil
A sweet and tangy blackberry vinaigrette recipe is just what you need to enhance your favorite salad greens or use it to marinate meat and poultry.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 73 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package blackberries, 6 ounce, washed and rinsed
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
Instructions
 
  • Combine garlic and blackberries into a paste using an immersion blender or food processor. Use a mortar and pestle if you prefer to muddle the ingredients by hand. Transfer the mixture to a liquid measuring cup.
  • Stir balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey (if using) into the berry mixture.
  • Slowly pour olive oil over the measuring cup while whisking the ingredients together by hand or with an immersion blender to emulsify. Then, taste and season with salt and black pepper. 
  • Pour the dressing through a fine mesh sieve into an airtight container for storage and discard the seeds. 
Notes
Yields: 1 Cup
Expert Tips: 
  • I recommend blending the ingredients, tasting, and then adjusting the salt, pepper, sweetener, oil, and vinegar until you find the perfect balance.  
  • Feel free to skip the straining step if you don’t mind having blackberry seeds in your dressing. 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Tablespoon | Calories: 73 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Sodium: 10 mg | Potassium: 17 mg | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 1 IU | Calcium: 5 mg
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