This Low-Cal Balsamic and Yogurt Salad Dressing is an easy Greek yogurt-based low-calorie dressing to add to your salad. It won’t bore you to death or break your calorie budget.
Do you ever get in a rut with salad dressing?
This recipe is for Crystal, who specifically requested a low-calorie salad dressing in a comment on my vacuum-packed lettuce giveaway last week. I think she was in the same rut.
But making a low-calorie and healthy salad dressing more imaginative than a little bit of oil and vinegar is not all that easy.
Most published recipes for homemade dressing are high in calories because they contain lots of fat and sugar. While some types of oils are healthy in moderation, overdoing it can be tempting. (Speaking for myself here.)
Then I thought about my favorite food group–YOGURT.
Why I like Greek yogurt in this dressing:
- It’s creamy.
- It can be low-calorie
- Not as tart as regular yogurt.
- Greek yogurt
is readily accessible these days. I keep it in my refrigerator at all times. Make it yourself, (but it’s certainly not necessary.)
Substituting nonfat Greek yogurt for some of the oil makes the calorie count more reasonable. My personal standard for salad dressing is 80 calories or below per serving.
Incidentally, a serving of salad dressing is usually two tablespoons. Going overboard is easy. Whenever I’m being obsessive and measuring it out…well, two tablespoons is rarely enough. Just sayin’.
Wondering what this tastes like?
Sweet-and-sour describes the honey/balsamic combination of flavors. Subtle umami notes from the soy sauce and Dijon mustard add to the fun. Creamy y
How to use this low-calorie salad dressing:
Try this Balsamic and Yogurt Salad Dressing recipe with a lettuce/fruit and nut combination. For example, I love it with chicken and sliced oranges, or dried cranberries and almonds, or dried blueberries and toasted pecans.
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- 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.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g