Creamy Balsamic Salad dressing. Refreshing, tangy, with a bit of sweet. Almost a honey dijon mustard dressing. But….not. This healthy salad dressing is gluten free when made as directed. Make this recipe as a dressing or dipping sauce for your fresh vegetables and salads. I love it with kale!
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While rummaging about in my old recipe book I found this treasure. It came from my mother-in-law ages and ages ago. She makes the most fantastic, beautiful nutritious salads.
It was from her I learned I could enjoy crunchy things in salads. Like walnuts, and creamy things, like feta cheese.
Add them to a gorgeous salad with a lovely, pretty, healthy dressing. A masterpiece of satisfying texture and flavors.
My mom in law taught me a lot about how to appreciate good healthy food that’s attractive and tasty. She is a lovely inspiration to live healthy, have fun and enjoy life, even now.
Some bottled dressings are very unhealthy. Especially the creamy ones! The calories and added chemicals they contain. And the various forms of sugars will ruin a lovely fresh salads nutrition.
Having said that I confess. I DO use ranch dressing sometimes. I have been known to cave in and get other old (bad) favorites once in awhile.
I sometimes buy salad dressings labeled as natural or healthy, get them home and read the label more closely.
I cannot believe what passes for healthy and natural in store bought salad dressings (Always read the ingredients).
This article by Harvard Health discusses the health problems bottled salad dressings can cause.
My personal goal is to keep pushing forward on eating sensibly and keep working on making better choices at the store. It can be tough! But consider this.
You have gone to the trouble to make a beautiful salad full of delicious nutrients and flavors. Enhance those lovely flavors with a beautifully healthy, tasty salad dressing.
Crown it with a kiss of creamy balsamic vinaigrette. You don’t need much of this dressing to perk up your salads.
The balsamic vinegar and dijon are powerful flavors. Creamy balsamic vinaigrette recipe brings the palates satisfaction way up from a simple oil and vinegar dressing.
Both greek yogurt and mayo are often used as bases for healthy salad dressings. It’s all in how you make it. The best part is they taste fantastic and add so much as condiments to any meal.
What makes this salad dressing special is its low cal, with a zingy, satisfying flavor. You don’t need a lot of it to brighten a salad. The honey-dijon combo is so good together.
Our Creamy Balsamic Dressing recipe is worth the bit of time it takes to make.
Put together this tried and true, many times tested thick balsamic vinaigrette. It has great body and flavor.
Looking for more salads and dressings?
Whatever green salad your making this salad dressing is a good friend to have in your recipe box. It’s so quick to make and holds well in the fridge.
Creamy Balsamic Salad Dressing:
- Creamy Balsamic salad dressing stores well, covered, in the fridge. After some time in the fridge (several days) it may get a bit thick and need whisking and thinning so it will pour satisfactorily.
- This recipe only makes about 1/2 cup of dressing. You might think you need a larger batch, by all means double it if you do.
- However, this dressing is meant to be made and used as it’s needed to keep it at its best. It will do long storage but it’s so easy there is no need to clutter up your fridge with it.
- It also has a strong flavor so you won’t want to drown your greens. Just a kiss will do.
- Pour this dressing over your green salad AT SERVING for best results. This is an acid based dressing which means it will break down the leaf structure of your greens and can create a limp salad if not eaten after the dressing is poured on.
- It’s a great dressing for kale salads for this reason. Kale is a tough leaf and can stand up to an earlier pour if you want to pre-dress the salad.
A Refreshing, tangy homemade salad dressing with a bit of sweet. This dressing makes a flavorful, healthy, gluten free addition to your green salad.
- 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Tamari (Kikkoman brand is gluten free)
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil.
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a glass bowl or salad dressing shaker bottle.
- Refrigerate several hours covered to blend flavors and thicken.
- Pour into a Curafe at serving.
This salad dressing stores well in the fridge, covered, up to a week.
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Serving Size1 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 28Total Fat 1.1gSaturated Fat 0.2gSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0.1gSugar 3.7gProtein 0.6g