White Currant Balsamic Dressing

Combining the sweetness of freshly picked white currants with the strong fruity but tart taste of balsamic vinegar produces a dressing with an ambrosia that will have the salad dancing on your plate!

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White currants are translucent pinkish-white berries that are similar in taste to red currants but slightly sweeter.  They can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried.

Here are some ways to include these tasty little bites in your meals:

  • sauces and syrups
  • liquers
  • jams and jellies
  • sprinkled on your salad
  • quick breads, crumbles, and muffins
  • just snacking

I suppose we’re only limited by our imagination and given that I like to keep things fresh, quick and simple I went for the salad dressing.

White Currant Balsamic Dressing | Simply Fresh Dinners

You’re likely to have the ingredients (except the currants) in your house so when you’re lucky enough to find these at the farmer’s market grab them quick!

White Currant Balsamic Dressing | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’ve mentioned a time or two (or maybe a hundred!) that I’m doing a Fall ebook and that is the reason I’m so late with this recipe!  Also there have been some major tech problems that have tormented me for the last two weeks but I am happy to report that we’re on the mend!  These are late Spring/early Summer produce but you can bookmark this for next year or try frozen red currants with a touch more honey.

White Currant Balsamic Dressing

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Serves: Makes 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup white currants
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil



Place currants with balsamic vinegar in small saucepan and cook on medium-low heat until currants collapse slightly; about 4-6 minutes. Add honey and olive oil and cook for 2 minutes. Cool slightly before pouring into the blender, bringing it to a smooth consistency.


Use same day.

If you love creating your own dressings, you’ll want to try this super healthy dressing that can be used as a marinade as well.

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Sweet white currants combined with the fruity tartness of balsamic creates a super flavourful dressing!


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    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    September 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I couldn’t love this more, fruity dressings are a favorite of mine. How did you get the imprint of the herb on the dressing, it’s gorgeous!
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      September 6, 2016 at 8:47 am

      That’s actually the design on the bottom of the bowl, Sue! I just picked it up at a craft fair recently and it was perfect for this dish — crazy coincidence. This dressing was so yummy – you’d love it for sure 🙂
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 6, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I am just realizing that I have never cooked anything with currants. I must change that and your dressing looks like a perfect place to start 🙂
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    September 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    A delightful salad dressing. I do love a good balsamic. I didn’t know there was a white balsamic vinegar. Perfect for salads. Thanks for sharing Robin. Hope your tech problems are resolved. Miss chatting with you my sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W.

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      September 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I love the white version because you can add it to so many things without darkening the colour. I really love a good one too, Linda. It makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

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    September 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a currant in person, only in photos if that makes any sense. Love this dressing, I bet it gives the salad a delicious punch.

    Tech problems are the worst, so glad you got yours resolved. Have a great week!
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      September 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I think I had seen them before, Cheri, but I didn’t pay any attention! They are such little beauties, can’t wait for more 🙂

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    anita rivera
    September 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Dear Robyn! I have no internet and I am typing off my phone on my lunch break. Sorry for any errors! This is splendid Nd so gorgeous!

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      September 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      LOL, I hope your school day went well, friend. Thanks for visiting and your kind words. Talk soon 🙂

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    September 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I thnk I need to bring some currants into my culinary life more often!
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      September 6, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      They’re awesome, Rebecca! I can’t wait for next summer to experiment some more 🙂 Now time to get over to your site and see what you’re up to with my favorite food!!

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    anita rivera
    September 6, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Good evening dear one! It is hard to not have internet service! Thank you for visiting my Instagram page. I gave an urge to make your broccoli and nut dish.vwill try tomorrow! !!!

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      September 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Oh, I hope you get it back soon, Anita! Your page i always so beautiful and I’ve missed visiting everyone but my schedule is kind of out of control lately. Enjoy the broccoli! Take pics if you can, lol.
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    September 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I will sadly never get my hands on fresh currants unless I move, which will probably not happen. I so wish I could make this dressing!

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      September 7, 2016 at 6:40 am

      They come and go quickly, Mimi, so take solace in the fact that you’re not missing out on something that is year round 🙂 Maybe I can ship you some, lol
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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    September 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never used currants. They look so beautiful! Can’t wait to try them.
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    September 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

    My first time too, Karen. It’s amazing all the new foods I discover at the farms. It’s like a a whole new world!
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    September 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Yum! This looks really nice ♥

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    geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    September 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I’m always looking for new dressing ideas, Robyn – and this one looks wonderful. I never think of adding a little fruit (other than lemon) to a dressing – but it must give it a bright little pop of flavor! Glad you’ve got your technical problems under control!
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      September 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

      It’s been a slow road back from tech recovery, Geraldine, but I’m getting there, lol. I forget about fruit most times too and I don’t know why because it does really take it over the top, doesn’t it? Especially with berries! Hope your weekend is fabulous 🙂

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    Anita Rivera
    September 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Dear friend! I FINALLY HAVE INTERNET! Wow, what a fiasco….

    OK, back in the saddle. I will be back via email!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    September 8, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I wish I could find currants but never have. They are so pretty too! I love this simple dressing and I bet it tastes amazing with the white balsamic, one of my favorites. Good luck on the ebook – and so sorry for all the tech troubles. It is a helpless, sick feeling for sure.
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    Bam's Kitchen
    September 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I have never seen white currants they are so beautiful and look gorgeous in your photos. Love the sweet and tart of this dressing. Fresh and light. Sharing!
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    September 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    HI Robyn,
    This sure would make any salad extra special with such a unique flavor. I love your dressing recipe with raw honey & currants. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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