Italian Bread Dipping Sauce

How to make an Italian Bread Dipping Sauce.

A restaurant style sauce with Italian herbs and balsamic vinegar which is perfect for dipping your favourite crusty bread!

Ingredients: Makes 4 Bowls

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pinch dried or fresh Basil, or to taste (for each bowl)
  • 1 pinch dried or fresh Oregano, or to taste (for each bowl)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed or minced, 1 piece per bowl (optional)
  • 4-6 tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • grated parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Divide the olive oil into 4 parts in individual, small, and shallow dipping bowls.
  2. Add about 2-4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into each bowl.
  3. Adjust the amount of balsamic vinegar to your taste.
  4. Add the crushed or minced garlic (1 garlic per bowl), if using.
  5. If you’re not a fan of garlic, feel free to leave it out.
  6. Place a pinch or 2 of the herbs of your choice.
  7. For extra flavour, use freshly chopped herbs.
  8. Stir.
  9. Generously sprinkle with grated or shredded parmesan cheese on top (optional).
  10. Serve with freshly warmed crusty bread and enjoy!
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