This is a beautiful balsamic vinaigrette recipe, with a refreshing hint of orange.
As with most vinaigrette recipes, this one includes a little bit of Dijon mustard for flavor and to act as a binding agent and pull it all together.
The recipe calls for a tablespoon of honey. It is wonderful with the honey, but if you can’t eat the sugar, simply leave it out.
Make it Even Healthier
Although this balsamic salad dressing has a touch of honey, most vinaigrettes do not call for sugar at all.
You can easily leave it out, or if you can’t eat sugar but still want the sweet, you can replace it with something like agave or stevia. Remember if you choose to use a sugar substitute, that they are much sweeter than sugar or honey, so use only the amount that replaces the honey, not an equal amount of sugar substitute.
Without the honey the recipe has only 71 calories and 1.9g of carbohydrates per serving, a real healthy diet winner. (It does also taste delicious with the honey though.)
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon honey, optional
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- salt to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Make sure it is well mixed.
- Pour over your salad and serve immediately.
- Makes 2/3 cup.
If you need diabetic recipes and you can’t tolerate the honey, just make it without. And note the replacement suggestions above. I dont’ add any kind of sweet to mine and I love it.