Here’s a simple all natural, organic recipe for low fat, sugar free, reduced calorie vinaigrette that’s delicious on nearly everything! Obviously great on salads, but also a fantastic marinade for ensuring juicy and flavorful meat and poultry or adding zest to a vegetable roast in the oven. Mix it up! Try this same recipe with white balsamic vinegar for a lighter twist on this standard vinaigrette.

While vinaigrettes lack heavy cream, sour cream, mayonnaise or other fattening ingredients in many opaque dressings like ranch, blue cheese and thousand island, I’m astounded to find that a 2 tablespoon serving of many store bought brands contains 186 calories, dominantly contributed by the 20grams (or more) of fat. And while some Light Vinaigrettes reduce fat grams to a more reasonable number, sugar frequently shoots up with the increased high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, sugar, etc. Typical of manufacturers striving to deliver big flavor while praying we only care about fat; and thus, are too stupid or apathetic to account for added sugar and ingredients lists, or comprehend that as unhealthy elements migrate higher in those lists, the more they make up the overall product.

Fortunately, this fresh, easy recipe takes less time than reading all those labels, which by the way legally do not have to declare use of any genetically modified ingredients (GMOs)…another concern with processed food. Byron and I support California’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, and urge you to educate yourself on what creepy things make it into your food, without notifying you! Please Vote YES on Prop 37 on Election Day!

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp whole seed Dijon mustard
Freshly grated pepper
Pinch ground sea salt
½ scoop Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Organic Stevia Extract (optional for those who prefer sweet dressing) **

Place all ingredients into bowl and whisk vigorously until combined. Toss with salad or other dish immediately, or remix / shake, etc when ready to use since oil and vinegar combinations always separate. Recipe yields enough dressing for 2 large entree salads.

** Since pure stevia is so potent, a little goes a VERY VERY LONG way! The tiny little scoop in the Trader Joe’s bottle holds only 45mg, and you only want half that! Sadly, this weight is far smaller than any measuring spoon you likely have in your kitchen. If your stevia does not have a tiny measuring scoop, add stevia by the world’s least generous pinch, mix ingredients and taste, until you reach desired level of sweetness.

Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Sodium
Healthy Balsamic Vinaigrette 36 2 4 0 2 161
Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette 90 4 8 0 4 300