Balsamic vinegar dressing is a family favorite in our house. Believe it or not but I never made my own salad dressing – I guess it is one of things that I would rather just buy. Well I won’t be doing that anymore. Not only is making your own dressing super easy but it taste so much better than store bought.
This past week, I was inspired to create a creamy balsamic vinegar dressing as I worked on a summer pasta recipe for a contest hosted by Hodgson Mills (the full pasta recipe will be posted soon). To make it creamy I used plain Greek yogurt and then added some pure maple syrup to give it a little sweet kick. Oh my! I will never buy salad dressing from the store again. This was so good – so gourmet – so ooh la la! Truly delicious!
Now before you go commenting or emailing me about the amount of oil used or the calories or the points – let me explain.
I assure you that I tested and retested this recipe numerous times trying my darnest to get the calories down. However, each time the flavor, in my opinion, was compromised. As you know I do not like compromised flavor.
Then I thought to myself that you only need 1-2 tablespoons of this dressing. If the rest of the salad is filled with veggies, a lean protein, and maybe just a little cheese your total calories and points for the meal will be just fine. Now if you plan on drinking it then that might be a problem A little of this dressing goes a long way. Also, because you are making it yourself, you don’t have to worry about artificial ingredients, preservatives, or other nasty stuff.
So go ahead and try this dressing – you will love it!
As I always say “everything in moderation and you can enjoy it all!”
Creamy Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 76 * Carbs: 4 * Fat: 7 * Protein: 0 * Fiber: 0 * Points +: 2 * Old Points: 2
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, grated or finely minced
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
Step 1: combine all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk vigorously until it is all blended. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.