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Rosemary dipping oil is so easy to make! This condiment takes only minutes to prepare and is the perfect starter for a meal.

ingredients for making rosemary dipping oil on try with small containers of balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, rosemary leaves, and olive oil.

Ingredients for Rosemary Dipping Oil

You only need five ingredients to make dipping oil and of course some fresh bread. The ingredients are:

  • Fresh rosemary leaves (can leave on the stem or remove)
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt (can omit if desired)

For the bread, I use sweet, soft-crusted over rustic, crunchy bread with lots of air holes. The larger holes absorb more oil and can drip, making a mess.

Preparation Instructions

Simply crush or finely chop the garlic clove into a small, shallow bowl. Put the rosemary leaves on top of the garlic and add a pinch of salt. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then firmly press the rosemary leaves with a fork or bottom of a spoon. You can also use a wooden muddler like this one that is typically used for making cocktails.

Muddling the rosemary will infuse the aromatic oils from the herb into the other ingredients. The longer you allow the mixture to set, the stronger the flavors become. I call it “cooking” time, so the cook-time for this recipe is 1-5 minutes.

a bowl of rosemary dipping oil with a fork squishing the rosemary leaves to help release the herbs' oils

I highly recommend using a small shallow bowl for making this recipe. A shallow bowl helps spread the oil and vinegar evenly, which means the bread is less saturated with oil vs. vinegar, garlic, and rosemary flavor.

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Serving recommendations

If you’re making this for yourself, you can dip the bread directly in the dipping oil and enjoy. If you’re sharing though, you may want to spoon some of the rosemary dipping oil onto a separate plate.

This dipping oil is a perfect starter and goes perfectly with my ravioli lasagna or vegan scallops over lemony pasta. If you want to add even more spice to your day, check out this fantastic recipe for penne all’arrabbiata.

Substitute sliced vegetables for the bread to make this a gluten-free experience!

Additional ingredients and storage suggestions

Dipping oils can be made with a variety of ingredients, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Some suggestions and alternatives include: red pepper flakes, lemon or lime zest, chopped cilantro, parsley, or basil. Instead of garlic, try using thinly sliced onions or minced shallots. And you can use a wine or flavored vinegar instead of balsamic.

This dipping oil can be covered and refrigerated to use later, and will keep for 1-2 days max. Be aware the flavors will intensify over time, and can be “diluted” by using more oil and/or vinegar.

NOTE: Refrigeration may cause the olive oil to solidify, but this will not impact the quality of the dipping oil. When the oil is set out and allowed to warm to room temperature, the oil will be back to normal and you’re ready to start dipping.

If you make this recipe, please leave a comment and let me know how it turns out for you. You can also share a photo of your dish on Instagram with the hashtag #thrivingwithless – Bon Appetit!

shows a hand dipping a piece of bread into a bowl containing rosemary dipping oil

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