Espresso Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 3/4 Cup

½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar (White or Dark)

1/4 Cup Brewed Espresso Coffee

1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Whole Grain Maple Bourbon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Espresso Sea Salt

1/2 TeaspoonCracked Tellicherry Peppercorns

Pinch Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

We created this vinaigrette to use with fresh beets from our garden – either roasted by themselves, or in our Roasted Beet Salad. Every time we have used it we have gotten rave reviews from our guests. Not much more needs to be said, other than that you really need to try this one for yourself. Don’t try to overthink it. Don’t discuss the possibilities with other chefs. Just try it and see! This is likely to become one of your Signature recipes, just as it has ours.


Whisk together vinegar and espresso in a small saucepan placed over low heat. Combine mixture together with olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using. Taste to determine if more olive oil, salt, or pepper is required. If you do, add them a little at a time until you have reached a flavor balance that is pleasing to you.


Let vinaigrette stand for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to develop.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
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Sea Salt
Our Espresso Sea Salt is the
perfect seasoning for steaks, chops, ribs, burgers, meat loaf, and more. But don't stop there. It also gives an intriguing boost to desserts and cocktails. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide. 
Espresso Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
No Home Chef's kitchen is
complete without Tellicherry peppercorns, which are considered the finest pepper in the world. Left on the vine longer than other black peppercorns, these berries are given time to develop their complex, robust flavor to develop more fully.
Tellicherry Peppercorn from MorningStar Kitchen
Vermont Maple
Made by boiling pure maple
syrup until only granules remain, our Vermont Maple Sugar is a must-have for every Home Chef. It's great in sweet and savory recipes alike. Just let your adventurous culinary spirit be your guide! 
French Grey
Sea Salt
With its artisanal, Old World
appeal, French Grey sea salt is a favorite of professional chefs. Hand harvested from mineral-rich salt beds, we believe this one is the perfect salt for accomplished Home Chefs as well.
French Grey Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen