This 2-ingredient Balsamic Glaze Recipe is just perfect. The balsamic vinaigrette (or balsamic reduction), is sweet and tangy and great to use over salad, bruschetta, flatbread and sandwiches (especially this breakfast sandwich).

2-ingrient Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe in a glass jar with a spoon.

what is Balsamic Vinaigrette made of-

Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar reduction. It can be reduced by itself or with a sweetener like brown sugar or honey. Though I’ve experimented with just balsamic vinegar itself, I prefer a sweetener with it (it’s too acidic for me without the sweetener.)

how to make a balsamic glaze-

This recipe is so easy, it almost doesn’t require a recipe.

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar with a sweetener (like honey or brown sugar) in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a soft boil then simmer until it reduces in half, about 12 minutes. The glaze will start to thicken but will look runny. TIP: Don’t overcook the glaze or it will become hard!

NOTE: This jar was a triple portion of the glaze. I like to make a large portion and so I always have glaze when I need it. 🙂

Upclose picture of Balsamic Vinaigrette on a spoon in a glass jar.`

how long does balsamic glaze last?

The glaze will last for up to three weeks if refrigerated. The glaze is best if stored in a glass mason jar (TIP: Be sure to date the jar so you know when it will expire).

You’ll love these other homemade dressings:

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing in a mason jar with a spoon, next to a bowl of caprese salad.

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Homemade recipe for Balsamic Glaze. Balsamic vinegar reduction with a sweetener (honey or sugar) simmered until thickens and a glaze forms, good dressing.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 31 kcal


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp lightly packed brown sugar


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
  • Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer until mixture is reduced by half and starts to thicken (about 12 minutes, depending on the quality of vinegar).
  • Cool glaze completely before use. Keep leftovers refrigerated.


NOTE: Glaze will continue thickening as it’s cooling. Don’t overcook it or it will turn hard and will not pour.


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 24mgSugar: 7gCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
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