It’s no secret that balsamic vinegar is one of the best salad dressing ingredients. If you’ve been around for a while, you probably have seen me whip up a fig balsamic vinegar vinaigrette, an ever-popular balsamic vinaigrette and a fresh and light white balsamic vinegar salad dressing. This time around, a jar of blueberry preserves teams up with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and is the sweet centerpiece of a rich and thick blueberry dressing recipe.

You’re going to dream up things to put it on…pssst: this summer blueberry salad is a good start!

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Ingredient spotlight: blueberry preserves

olive oil, blueberry preserves and balsamic to make blueberry balsamic dressing
Blueberry balsamic dressing over crisp romaine is the perfect summer bite.

The star ingredient in this tangy blueberry vinaigrette dressing comes from a jar of blueberry preserves. My favorite brands of blueberry preserves and jams are ones that are as natural as possible. No need for a ton of extra sugar right? 

Here are some to pick up at your grocer to keep on hand when the blueberry vinaigrette craving hits (and hit it will!):

And if making homemade blueberry preserves is your jam (see what I did there?), be sure to check out Pip and Ebby’s instant pot jam recipe. It’s a good one!

What’s the difference between blueberry jam and preserves?

It’s pretty straightforward. Preserves have big pieces or chunks. Many times, whole berries such as blueberries because they’re already small are “preserved” in the jar. Jams use the pulp of the fruit and are popular because they spread much easier in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

How to make balsamic blueberry dressing

white bowl with whisk blending blueberry preserves into balsamic and oil
Whisk balsamic and vinegar and add oil.
a spoon removing some blueberry salad dressing from a mason jar sitting on wooden board with blueberries
Shake blueberry dressing in a mason jar for a handy way to store and serve.
  • In a small measuring cup or a Mason jar, mix equal amounts of blueberry preserves and balsamic vinegar.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil while rapidly whisking it into the balsamic/blueberry mixture.
  • If using a Mason jar, add the oil to the balsamic and blueberry preserves and tightly seal with a lid. Shake until the vinaigrette is emulsified and thick.

Where to use blueberry dressing

We’ve already established this is a summer salad dressing but it also would be right at home drizzled over:

  • Juicy chicken breasts (grilled or cooked with my foolproof chicken breasts)
  • A pork tenderloin
  • Spooned over some brie on a cheese board with some crackers or crostini.

Storage and Freezer Tips

white bowl of olive oil next to bowl of blueberry preserves and jar of balsamic vinegar
3 ingredients blend for the perfect salad dressing!

Freezer tips. Believe it or not, but you can freeze balsamic vinaigrette! Pour into a freezer safe container or bag and freeze solid. See below for defrost tips.

Storage. Stored blueberry balsamic dressing in sealed, airtight container for up to two weeks. 


How to Thaw Frozen Vinaigrette

Remove from freezer and defrost upright sitting in a glass in the fridge overnight. Or fill a glass with warm water and place the bag in the water until the vinaigrette is softened. Shake until mixed together.


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close up of white bowl with salad and blueberry balsamic dressing and blueberries sprinkled on wooden board
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Balsamic Blueberry Dressing

Continuing down the balsamic vinegar path, this tangy blueberry dressing recipe is the quintessential taste of summer and best of all? It only has 3 ingredients. You’ll keep a jar of blueberry preserves in your pantry just to make it…it’s worth a bookmark!
Makes about 1 cup of dressing.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • In a medium measuring cup, bowl or Mason jar, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and oil.
    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Whisk in blueberry jam until well blended and slightly thickened. Or if using a mason jar, seal firmly with a lid and shake until completely mixed and thick.
    ⅓ cup blueberry jam, spread or preserves
  • Season with salt and pepper.
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ⅓ teaspoon ground black pepper

Notes

Whisking Alternatives:
  • If you have a hard time whisking, hold the whisk between the palm of both hands and swish back and forth (like you’re washing your hands) while keeping the whisk at the bottom of the measuring cup the whole time.
  • Follow the recipe but place the ingredients in a jelly or canning jar. Shake vigorously to incorporate and mix the dressing.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Lori Murphy
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