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7 Thanksgiving Side Dishes With Balsamic Vinegar

Blog Date: 2017-11-17
Author: aflorian

Buonasera tutti!

In honor of our famous balsamic vinegar being back in stock (woohoo!) we've put together a list of seven side dishes for Thanksgiving that use this awesome ingredient! Balsamic vinegar can add a lot to vegetable sides and salads and there are a number of ways to get creative with it too!  Maybe you're still looking for some Thanksgiving cooking inspiration, so check out what we think will hit the spot!
1. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
We wrote a previous blog post about this recipe but we'll share it again here for those interested! This side dish is a fixture on the menus of most trendy restaurants and that's because they don't disappoint!  It's a very flavorful side dish and maybe a different way to prepare your vegetable than you're used to! Let's break it down:

This recipe makes about 6 servings.

What you'll need:
  • 1.5 lb fresh brussels sprouts
  • 3 oz. diced pancetta
  • 1/4 cup evoo
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare your brussels sprouts by trimming them and cutting them in half the long way.  

Step 2: In a small mixing bowl combine your pancetta, olive oil and salt and pepper and then mix in your brussels sprout halves.

Step 3: Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay out your halves.  Bake for about 10 minutes before flipping all the halves over to cook the other side for another 10-15 minutes or until tender.  You also want the pancetta to be cooked thoroughly.  

Step 4: Remove from the oven and drizzle with your balsamic vinegar. Buon appetito!
2. Salad Dressing
A classic use for balsamic vinegar is as a salad dressing with olive oil.  You can also add other Italian spices if you want a more flavorful dressing. The balsamic adds just the right amount of flavor, without the calories and additives of many store-brand dressings. 

Here's a recipe for a balsamic vinaigrette we love from
3. Caprese Salad
Slice up some fresh, red tomatoes and a giant ball of mozzarella cheese and you have an easy, crowd pleasing side dish.  Drizzle some olive oil and balsamic on top and serve with some fresh bread!
4. Roasted balsamic carrots.  
Balsamic vinegar adds incredible flavor to roasted vegetables.  Carrots are in season right now and add color and nutrition to your Thanksgiving spread.

Here is a recipe from that is simple and delish!
5. Fresh Bruschetta 
Who doesn't love a fresh, light appetizer like bruschetta? It's simple to throw together and always a favorite.  We even make a dinner out of it sometimes because it's just so tasty.  Bruschetta is a great appetizer for Thanksgiving, so here's our recipe that yields about 8 sevings!

What you'll need: Step 1: Slice and toast your bread.  Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Drizzle a little extra olive oil on your slices of bread before distributing your tomato mix on top, and enjoy!
6. Balsamic Glazed Butternut Squash
We wrote about the amazing health benefits of butternut squash recently, and if you haven't already thought up a dish to include them in on Thanksgiving, we found this awesome recipe from The Food Network to try! 
7. Sauteed Radicchio with Honey and Balsamic 
We've yet to try this one ourselves, but couldn't resist adding it in our list! Here's Martha Stewart's recipe for this nutritious vegetable side!

Which one are you most interested in trying? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Buon appetito!