How to Make Balsamic Vinaigrette

Want to impress your date? Instead of slamming a bottle of ranch down on the table, make your own salad dressing, and present it in a dressing bowl. If you add a little bit of thought into your presentation, your date can go a long way.

Date Scenario

You are finishing making a delicious dinner. Your home smells phenomenal. Your date and you are already having a wonderful conversation as you finish the final touches, and she sips her wine.

“Refill?” you ask.

“Why sure.,” she says throwing you a coy smile. You fill her glass before turning back to the kitchen. In the kitchen, you grab two bowls of salad. You bring them two her, setting hers down first (Ladies always come first). You go back to the kitchen, grab your homemade balsamic vinaigrette in a nice bowl, with a serving spoon.

She is seated, hungry. The salad awaits dressing. You politely say, “I made a balsamic vinaigrette that goes exquisitely with the bleu cheese crumbles, tell me how much you would like,” as you pull the spoon out, ready to drip dressing all over her…I mean the salad. She beams, excited and entranced by your thoughtful presentation. You have not only though about the meal, which you have made. You have though about what she wants, how much dressing. Maybe she’s going all out tonight, forgoing her diet, and wants it all over…her salad. Or perhaps, she is watching her waistline, and would prefer to have just a drizzle. Either way, you’re giving her the choice. You’ve made her decision even easier.

Serve it with crumpled blue cheese over a salad of fresh veggies, and your date is in healthy dietary heaven!

Dietary Restrictions

Here’s some substitutions so you don’t kill your date:

Vegan: They don’t eat anything that comes from an animal. Forgo the bleu cheese crumbles, and substitute agave nectar for honey.

Lactose-Intolerance: You don’t want your date ending up gassy. Not cute. Forgo the bleu cheese crumbles.

On a diet: Don’t use as much olive oil in the vinaigrette.

Make sure you mention you altered your recipe for them as you present your dish.

It will show them that you thought extensively about the correct preparation for their dietary needs, and will make them feel more at ease with you.


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh orange
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Marjoram

You can’t screw up balsamic vinegar if you watch this! You just can’t. Let us know how you did in the comments below. And especially, if you made this for your date, how your date went!