Basic Balsamic Dressing

Basic Balsamic Dressing

This Basic Balsamic Dressing is a very versatile salad dressing using only a few ingredients. It is salty, spicy and complements all kinds of green salads. It goes well with tomato, vegetable type salads and as well as fruit driven salads.

Notice the ratio of oil to vinegar is lower than many recipes so it is actually a  fairly light dressing and it doesn’t taste sharp like some where the ratio is 1:3 oil to vinegar. 1 Tbsp of olive oil equals 13.5 grams of fat or about 120 calories.  If you dress a salad for 4-6 people that means 20-30 calories only from the dressing!

It will keep your salad calories light but it is heavy on flavour!  If you want to lighten up your dressing to zero calories from fat then check out this similar tasty dressing on my No Fat Strawberry Spinach Salad.


The Basic Balsamic Dressing is delicious on this Roasted Pear Salad.


Or try it with this delicious   Melon and Crispy Prosciutto.

Melon and Crispy Prosciutto Salad


Apple Pecan Salad

This is a great fall salad recipe.  If you are lucky enough to be able to source freshly picked apples it is outstanding.  But, since apples are available all year round in most places you can make it any time.

I like to use pecan halves for the candied nuts. If the nut pieces are too fine they sort of get lost in the mix.  With the halves – you know when you get one!   You can use walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer.

I think it might also be good with dried cranberries instead of the dates.  I haven’t tried that yet but if anyone does let me know how you liked it!

Update Nov 11, 2016.  I changed the photo of this salad to better reflect it. Sorry for any confusion… the other pic just had to go!!