Healthy Orange Balsamic Salad Dressing

Oh, I love it when a new recipe turns out well! This lovely recipe only has 4 ingredients! Yay! I saw this the other night when I was looking through WordPress food and recipes and since it was made without sugar and without oil I knew I needed to try it as a potential dressing for salads. I really liked it. I only made one minor change and that is using Greek yogurt instead of regular. (I also only use vanilla rather than plain Chobani Greek yogurt). I liked the thickness of the recipe and the taste that orange juice and balsamic vinegar gave this salad dressing. It has a nice smooth taste.

I am grateful to the folks at CafeMcLean for sharing this great recipe. I have changed the name slightly to better reflect the fact that this really is a healthy salad dressing without all the hidden goop like high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and other additives or preservatives. I made a quadruple batch, and did not use level tablespoonfuls of yogurt. Mine would be considered a little less than heaping tablespoonfuls. The rest of the recipe I left alone. It made just over 1 cup.

I think this basic recipe would be great with these options below in place of the balsamic vinegar and orange juice, and I aim to try them in the near future and see how they turn out.

1) apple cider vinegar and apple juice

2) red wine vinegar and cranberry-grape juice

3) raspberry vinegar and raspberry-cranberry-grape juice (or some combination like this)

4) balsamic vinegar with mango, pomegranate, or tropical fruit juice

5) apple cider vinegar and pineapple juice

I have been looking for sugar-free salad dressings and this one has the bonus of being without oil either. I love the idea of making salad dressings with Greek yogurt as it’s so healthy because of its probiotic properties. This is also really quick to make. You can whisk this together in about 2 or 3 minutes! If you’re looking for a tasty, healthy, low calorie dressing you need to consider this one.

Here’s a peek at this delicious dressing.

Here’s a look at it with salad.

This is a close up of the dressing on the salad.

Here’s what I did.

These are the four ingredients you’ll use!

Place 2 tablespoonfuls vanilla Greek yogurt in measuring cup. (My measuring would probably be equivalent to 3 tablespoonfuls since I did not skim off the top and get a flat spoon measurement).

Add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Add a tablespoon of orange juice.

Add a tablespoon of honey.

Whisk ingredients together. (This is a single batch and the recipe is for a single batch. To make a little more than a cup of salad dressing I quadrupled this recipe).

Here’s what the dressing looks like when finished.

Here’s the dressing poured over top of a tossed green salad.

Here’s a close up look at the dressing.

Here’s the recipe.


(Recipe adapted from CafeMcLean)

2 tbsp. Greek yogurt (I used not quite heaping tablespoonfuls of yogurt)

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. honey

Combine ingredients and whisk away! Makes about 2 ounces. Quadrupling this recipe makes just over a cup of salad dressing.

NOTE:  Add something a little sweeter like fresh orange or pomegranate to the salad to compliment the dressing, if desired.

This is so, so easy to make and I always keep these four ingredients on hand so I can make it up at a moment’s notice.

Here’s another look. It’s not a watery dressing. It has a really nice texture using the thick Greek yogurt.

One last close up of this healthy, low calorie, easy, and tasty salad dressing.

You may also like these recipes:

Healthy Cranberry Raspberry Salad Dressing

Healthy Apple Cider Salad Dressing

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8 Responses to “Healthy Orange Balsamic Salad Dressing”

  1. October 6, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    This has been fun catching up with your recipes. I like the dressing very much. And look at all those ping backs. I am not the only one who liked them.

    • October 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      It really is quite good. So are the other two I made yesterday, the Cranberry Raspberry and the Apple Cider dressings. While I still cook with sugar for others, I really have to lay off of it for myself so I’ve been looking for recipes with honey – especially for salad dressings. I love that this didn’t have oil either. A lot lower in calories.


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