Low-Calorie Yogurt Balsamic Salad Dressing is an easy Greek yogurt-based low calorie dressing to add to your salad without breaking your calorie budget.
This recipe is for Crystal, who specifically requested a low-calorie salad dressing in a comment on my vacuum-pack giveaway last week. Like her, I also can get in a rut with salad dressing since I eat a jar of salad almost every day.
But making a low-calorie salad dressing more imaginative than a little bit of oil and vinegar/lemon juice is not all that easy.
Most published recipes for homemade dressing are HIGH in calories because they contain lots of oil. YIKES! While some types of oil are healthy in moderation, it’s easy to go overboard. (Speaking for myself here.)
Then I thought about nonfat Greek yogurt. It’s creamy. It’s low-calorie. It’s not as tart as regular yogurt. Furthermore, I keep it in my refrigerator at all times. (I make my own but it’s certainly not necessary.)
This recipe for Creamy Yogurt Balsamic Dressing substitutes nonfat Greek yogurt for some of the oil which makes the calorie count more reasonable. My personal standard is 80 calories or below per serving. Incidentally, a serving of salad dressing is usually 2 tablespoons. It’s easy to go overboard.
Sweet and sour is a good description for the honey/balsamic combination with subtle flavor notes from the soy sauce and Dijon mustard. Yogurt smooths out the flavors.
Try Creamy Yogurt Balsamic Dressing with any kind of lettuce/fruit and/or nut combination. I love it with chicken and sliced oranges, or dried cranberries and almonds or dried blueberries and toasted pecans.
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt (may substitute regular nonfat yogurt but finished product will be a thinner consistency)
- 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil.
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 6 servings/2 tablespoons each.
Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 61 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 310mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 9g Protein: 3g