I actually made this Balsamic Vinaigrette back in 2013, so naturally I thought it was due for an update. Balsamic Vinaigrette is one of my favorite salad dressings. However, one thing that it usually isn't lacking is oil. Oil, oil. and more oil!
I've lightened up this classic dressing by subbing water and chia seeds for some of the oil. It's an old but rather faithful trick that I picked up from my mom some years ago when she would make her own Italian salad dressing. And by 'make her own', I mean mix oil and water with a packet. Tee-hee.
Want to know something else? This vinaigrette makes for a great marinade as well!
Just toss some raw meat into a large container and pour the vinaigrette over it. Seal tight and set in the fridge to marinade for 2-24 hours (depending on the kind of protein.) Once done you'll want to discard the marinade and cook the meat by your method of choice. Tada!
Today though, with it being 100+ degrees in Texas, I decided to opt for a nice cold and crisp caprese style salad. I used some local greens, local mozzarella, and yes... even local peaches! It's one easy, tasty, and clean way to nom my way through the last couple of months of ridiculous heat.
Skinny Balsamic Vinaigrette
TheSkinnyFork.com - Originally Posted 10/28/13
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 Tbsp. • Calories: 41 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 3 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 0 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 23 mg
1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Water
1 Tbsp. 50/50 Honey or Agave Blend
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tsp. Chia Seeds (Or more if desired.)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Careful. This one is a doozy.
Toss all of the ingredients together into a small food processor, blender or cup for an immersion blender.
Use right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!
When ready, just give it all a good shake and add to your favorite salad.
Nutrition Claims: Low Sodium, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Sesame Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher