This recipe is fantastic with warm crusty Italian bread, or any other bread for that matter! Use extra virgin olive oil and really good aged balsamic vinegar. For best results, make a day ahead and store in the refrigerator so flavors can meld.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bottle with a lid, mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, kosher salt, and pepper. Seal bottle, and refrigerate mixture 8 hours, or overnight. Shake well before serving. Store in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 2.8g; fat 18.8g; sodium 243.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2006
I make this all the time and usually dont have time to do it overnight, so if you are in a hurry add about 2 tablespoons of butter and microwave for 1 minute. The addition of butter seems to hold it all together. Also I add about a teaspoon of rosemary to it. Wonderful recipe if you like basalmic vinegar which I love. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2009
Way to much balsamic vinegar. You need to roast the garlic slithly also. Johnny Carino's is the best and it has the roasted garlic in it. Read More
(5)
145 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2006
I make this all the time and usually dont have time to do it overnight, so if you are in a hurry add about 2 tablespoons of butter and microwave for 1 minute. The addition of butter seems to hold it all together. Also I add about a teaspoon of rosemary to it. Wonderful recipe if you like basalmic vinegar which I love. Read More
(89)
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2006
This IS delicious but I recommend making the seasoned Balsamic Vinegar in advance, holding back the extra virgin olive oil until ready to serve. For each 3 teaspoon serving of seasoned vinegar add 4 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, not necessarily mixed together well. Read More
(73)
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
Great recipe. Been looking for it after I had it at a restaurant. Its great if you add 2 to 3 tbsp of parmesan cheese in the dip as well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2006
I loved this recipe!!! I had a dinner party and I should have only served this! Everyone ate this dip with warm bread and were so full I had to give everyone their dinner to go. I did not change a thing!! It was perfect!! Make sure you let it stand in the refidgerator the longer it sat the better it was. Thanks for a wonderful recipe. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2007
I have used this dip not just for bread, but I have mixed it in with tuna instead of mayo in sandwiches. My favourite use is to mix it in with cold wild rice with a sprinkling of feta cheese for a yummy cold rice salad. Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2005
Fab-u-Lous! I made this dip over the weekend and served it with some french bread and everyone ate it up. In the past if I saw an oil based bread dip at the store I usually bought it to try. I won't be buying it anymore this was the best I ever had. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2007
THIS IS GREAT! I have been buying the special oil and pre-made spices at a gourment store and this is WAY better. I always have this ingreidents on hand, so it a fast and easy appeitzer. I cut the recipe in half for me and my husband to have with a fresh loaf of bread and bottle of wine. LOVE IT. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
I wouldn't describe this as even remotely 'spicy' but it is EXTREMELY good nontheless! I agree that it really is worth letting it sit in the fridge overnight. I would be interested in adding some chopped sundried tomatoes just like the bread dip at our favorite Italian restaurant. Thanks so much! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2007
Very good! Makes a good salad dressing also. Read More
(10)
Rating: 1 stars
10/13/2009
Way to much balsamic vinegar. You need to roast the garlic slithly also. Johnny Carino's is the best and it has the roasted garlic in it. Read More
(5)
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