These two homemade salad dressings, especially the balsamic vinaigrette, can usually be found in our kitchen. Anytime we have guests, I pull them out and my guests always ask about them, making them a wonderful DIY food gift idea.
Holiday shopping and gifting can be overwhelming, especially once you buy for the easier people on your list. Then you’re stuck with those tricky loved ones. I can’t necessarily help you with those holiday hurdles, but DIY holiday gifts do make some gifting a whole lot more easier and delicious!
Homemade Salad Dressing – Balsamic Vinaigrette
I’ve always loved salad dressings at restaurants but never enjoyed the store-bought ones. This balsamic vinaigrette was my first DIY salad dressing at home and I LOVE IT – maybe more than those in restaurants.
I love how simple the flavors are and how perfectly it all blends together. I started making more DIY salad dressings at home, surprising myself with how easy they are to make.
The next time I bought a dressing at the market, I hated it – all I could taste was the added sugar and the preservatives (even an organic variety)! Now, I can’t bring myself to buy dressings and prefer to always make them from scratch at home.
These dressings are great to have on hand year round for any salad (last minute or elaborate). There are a few of these summer salad recipes that would be good with this balsamic vinaigrette.
Or, honestly, if you just wanted to dip pieces of a fresh load of bread in it, I would just be merrily jealous!
Salad Dressing Bottles
The fun 4.25oz. glass bottles make the gift cute – not to mention great for transport – and the homemade aspect is always fun.
We use these salad dressing bottles for all dressing recipes. The rubber gasket makes sure it doesn’t leak; it’s easy to shake up ingredients; and the pour spout isn’t too big!
To really make it look like a gift, use twine around the neck of the bottle and some eucalyptus leaves (or whatever you have on hand). I had a few wooden salt spoons to make this look really cute too, but I think they’re not necessary!
These DIY salad dressing gifts are particularly perfect when you’re bringing the salad to a holiday get together! Whip up your favorite dressing or follow this easy recipe for homemade balsamic vinaigrette or one of the other tasty dressings below!
Other Homemade Salad Dressings
MORE HOMEMADE GIFT IDEAS:
Home Cook Gift Ideas
Give these homemade dressing with a seasonal cookbook for the ultimate gift idea for food lovers!
SEASONAL RECIPE COOKBOOKS
DELICIOUS RECIPES TO ENJOY PRODUCE TO ITS FULLEST ALL YEAR ROUND. SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS RECIPES MADE FROM SCRATCH FOR YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR GUESTS ALL YEAR LONG!
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar optional
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- ¾ cup olive oil
- Combine salad dressing ingredients.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.