8 Creative Recipes Using A Bottle Of Balsamic Vinegar

8 Creative Recipes Using A Bottle Of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a complex tangy-sweet condiment with a deep brown hue that adds a bright burst of big flavor to just about everything.

A good bottle of store-bought balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze is an essential in the households of most home cooks. The glaze version is a balsamic reduction that boasts a thicker consistency and a more concentrated flavor that is perfect for using as a finishing drizzle. Balsamic vinegar is probably known best for pairing up with extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings like balsamic vinaigrette, but balsamic vinegar uses aren’t limited to just leafy green salads.

Rigatoni pasta in a creamy tomato and cheese sauce with chicken and served in a bowl

Balsamic vinegar shines in a number of everyday creations—from sweet and savory to hot and cold. When it comes to entrées and side dishes, balsamic vinegar adds a pop of tangy sweetness to roasted vegetables, baked chicken recipes, barbecue sauces, pizzas, pork chops, baked beans and more. As a flavorful drizzle, balsamic vinegar elevates leafy greens, crostini appetizers, hard Italian cheeses, bruschetta, caprese salads and pasta salads. Balsamic has a sweeter side too, where it dazzles fresh berries and melon, summery cocktails, ice cream, gelato and fruit pies.

We hope these recipes with balsamic vinegar inspire your next kitchen creation. We can’t wait to see what you dream up!

Bring on the balsamic! This creamy balsamic dressing is a soon-to-be favorite for salads, pasta salads and more.

For a light dessert or summertime treat, drizzle balsamic vinegar on sugared strawberries. The tangy, darkly sweet flavor of store-bought balsamic vinegar is an easy way to add some oomph to strawberries, but also raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and even melon.

Create a picnic-worthy Greek pasta salad loaded with colorful cut veggies, olives, artichokes, leafy greens, tangy feta and a brilliant balsamic vinaigrette. Add a squeeze of lemon juice for a brilliant finish.

For a light lunch or summer meal, bring on the balsamic vinegar in this orzo and arugula pasta salad. Starring a super simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette and herbaceous pesto, this leafy green pasta salad hybrid is healthy, fresh and brimming with big flavor.

This balsamic vinegar recipe is proof that there is nothing the tangy-sweet Italian condiment can’t do. Savory, salty prosciutto comes together with punchy balsamic to take your smoky-sweet roasted Brussels sprouts to new heights.

Balsamic vinegar, spicy Calabrian peppers and extra virgin olive oil give your favorite Asian noodles a unique Italian flair. Get out of your weekday rut with a tasty, easy-to-make spicy noodle bar featuring your favorite Italian ingredients.

Wow your picnic pals with a baked bean recipe they won’t soon forget. Ditch the store-bought baked beans and create a superstar side dish with Cannellini beans, crispy pancetta and a rich sauce of tangy balsamic vinegar and tomato passata.

What happens when you combine spicy Calabrian chili peppers, smoky roasted tomatoes and sweet balsamic vinegar? This incredible barbecue marinade is born. This balsamic barbecue sauce recipe is a must for summertime grilling. We love it as a spicy-sweet sauce for chicken wings, chicken breasts, beef brisket and pulled pork.