Whisked Fig Balsamic Dressing

The magic combo of sweet fig jam and tangy balsamic vinegar creates the most amazing vinaigrette salad dressing. Fig balsamic dressing is whisked by hand, not a blender, bringing out the best in the fresh chopped shallots and garlic with a thick texture. You’ll be enjoying this sweet and tart fig balsamic vinaigrette in under 5 minutes!

white bowl with fresh romaine leaves drizzled with fig balsamic dressing.
The best fig salad dressing has a warm flavor and rich texture thanks to fig jam…no expensive balsamic fig vinegar needed!

I’ve been making and sharing how to make homemade salad dressings from scratch for over 30 years. And balsamic vinegar salad dressing recipes have become an obsession because of how welcoming the sweet but tart vinegar is to so many ingredients. Fig jam is a great partner and is the perfect balance to balsamic vinegar, bringing a spicy, warm layer of sweetness.

Speaking of figs and balsamic, I think you’ll ♥️: classic herb balsamic salad dressing, this super yummy cherry balsamic tenderloin bruschetta ; and a rich,homemade balsamic glaze you can make in 10 minutes. Or give my fig ricotta toasts a try along with these amazing oatmeal fig bars…all so good!

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The best fig balsamic dressing starts with jam

Sure—you can buy balsamic fig vinegar (made with fig juice), but mixing a fig spread or jam with balsamic vinegar creates a richer fig balsamic dressing while helping emulsify the dressing as well. Plus vinegars that are infused with fruit flavors usually comes from juice and aren’t as concentrated as pastes or fresh fruit.

What you’ll need

bowl of fig jam and small bottle of balsamic vinegar on round wooden board with shallot, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Fig preserves, spread or jam
  • Balsamic vinegar. The best you can afford. Look for older in age which usually means thicker and richer
  • Olive oil. I prefer 100% Italian olive oils from Tuscany. I do also love California’s Olio Santo extra virgin. Read the label and avoid a blend for the purest flavor.
  • Garlic and shallots. Minced finely and infused in the vinegar first for a quick pickling.

⇢ You can find the full ingredient list + measurements in the recipe card directly below.

Ingredient Spotlight: fig jam!

closeup of glass bowl with fig jam, jar of fig jam and spoon of jam with balsamic in a bottle

There are several fig spreads and jams you can find either in your favorite gourmet food or grocery store. Fig jams

Here are some of my favorites:


Choosing Balsamic Vinegar

If you spot a bottle with the words “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale” and it’s within your budget or on sale, grab it! Balsamic vinegar labeled as such has been aged for a minimum of 12 years and would have been made with grapes from approved regions under Italian law.


How to make fig balsamic vinaigrette

balsamic vinegar and oil in a white bowl with a measuring cup of fig jam
Mix vinegar and oil together.
white bowl of fig balsamic salad dressing topped with chopped garlic and shallots and a white whisk in the bowl.
Add in shallots, garlic, and seasonings.
white bowl of mixed fig balsamic dressing.
Whisk in the fig jam until thickened.

Making homemade fig balsamic salad dressing is super fast. Here’s all you need to do:

  • In a medium measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and oil.
  • Add the chopped shallots, garlic and seasoning.
  • Whisk in fig jam until well blended and slightly thickened.

Storage, make ahead and freezing

white bowl of lettuce leaves drizzled with fig and balsamic salad dressing.

Storage / Make ahead. Fig balsamic dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!). For more info, see below and consult the recipe card.

Freezing. You can definitely freeze fig balsamic salad dressing. I use small vertical resealable bags (or these Souper Cubes) and label them before freezing in a larger bag. Stand them upright until solid and then you can lay them down after they’re completely frozen.


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white bowl with fresh romaine leaves drizzled with fig balsamic dressing.
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Whisked Fig Balsamic Dressing

The magic combo of sweet fig jam and tangy balsamic vinegar creates the most amazing vinaigrette salad dressing. Fig balsamic dressing is whisked by hand, not a blender, bringing out the best in the fresh chopped shallots and garlic with a thick texture. You'll be enjoying this sweet and tart fig balsamic vinaigrette in under 5 minutes!
Makes about 1 cup of dressing.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings 6
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Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • In a medium measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and oil.
    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Add the chopped shallots, garlic and seasoning.
    2 teaspoons chopped shallots, Teaspoon chopped garlic, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ⅓ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Whisk in fig jam until well blended and slightly thickened.
    ⅓ cup fig jam, spread or preserves

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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