Using Balsamic Vinegar - Colavita

Get to Know Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing! You can use our balsamic vinegars to marinate your favorite meats, glaze roasted vegetables and even as a baking ingredient! Read below to find out more.

What is Balsamic Vinegar?

A process over 900 years old in Italy, balsamic vinegar is traditionally made from sweet Trebbiano grape pressings that are melted down into a dark syrup and then aged in oak, cherry, and walnut barrels. These flavors add to the essence of the balsamic gradually over time. Also, as it ages, moisture evaporates out, further thickening and concentrating the balsamic. Balsamic vinegars can age up to more than 100 years. Balsamic vinegars are traditionally produced in the Italian regions of Modena and Emilia Romana.

Pairing Balsamic and Food

From classic to flavored glazes, Colavita has a range of balsamic vinegars to choose from. In the chart below, we show you how to best pair them with your food, guaranteeing a boost in flavor!

Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Original Balsamic Glaze
Original Balsamic Glaze
White Truffle Balsamic Glaze
White Truffle Balsamic Glaze
Raspberry Balsamic Glaze
Raspberry Balsamic Glaze
White Balsamic Vinegar
White Balsamic Vinegar
Meat Chicken, Pork, Beef, Lamb Chicken, Beef Beef, Lamb Chicken, fish Pork, chicken, fish
Vegetables Red peppers, arugula, zucchini, onions Asparagus, zucchini, portobellos Mushrooms, potatoes, squash, artichokes Leafy greens, green beans Summer squash, yellow corn, peppers, beets
Fruit Stone fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries Strawberries, tomatoes, stone fruit, blackberries Pears Berries, citrus, stone fruits, figs Apples, melon, white peaches, pears
Cheese Parmesan, pecorino, mozzarella Ricotta, parmesan, pecorino, mozzarella, mascarpone Ricotta, parmesan, fontina, taleggio, pecorino Ricotta, goat cheese, mascarpone Aged gouda, parmesan, sharp cheddar
Try It In This:

Artichoke and Spinach Crostata with Polenta Crust

Tri-Colored Beet Tart with Goat Cheese

Orzo Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Chicken

Raspberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Skewers

Greek Yogurt Balsamic Ambrosia Salad

The Perfect Balsamic Vinaigrette

The perfect balsamic vinaigrette one of the simplest and most delicious dressings. How to do it?

  1. Grab a small bowl and a wire whisk. Pour ¼ cup Colavita Balsamic Vinegar into the bowl and add a spoonful of Dijon Mustard. You can also add minced garlic or shallot and fresh herbs (we like Italian parsley!).
  2. Slowly pour in ¾ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil while whisking. This will create an emulsion, allowing the oil and vinegar to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Immediately dress your salad with the vinaigrette to avoid it separating. If it does separate, just whisk it up again!

Cooking with Balsamic Vinegar

Here are some of our favorite recipes using Colavita Balsamic Vinegar. From spicy chicken wings and pulled pork sandwiches to healthier fare like marinated tofu and Buddha bowls, balsamic vinegar is a key ingredient. Check our recipe library for even more options.