Caramelized balsamic vinaigrette

Dietician's Tip

This vinaigrette will solidify when stored in the fridge for future use. Gently warm the dressing in the microwave or a saucepan for a few seconds.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the water and sugar, and cook until the sugar begins to caramelize. Add the vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper to the sugar mixture.

Remove the pan from heat. Stir mixture with a whisk and set aside to cool. Remove the garlic with a strainer and discard. Serve dressing immediately or store for later use.

Serving Information

Serves 8

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 89
Total carbohydrate: 14 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Dietary fiber: 0 g
Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Protein: 0 g
Saturated fat: 0 g
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Sodium: 62 mg
Total fat: 3 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fats and oils: 1
Sweets: 1/2

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fats: 1
Sweets, desserts and other carbohydrates: 1

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Fats: 1
Sweets: 1/2

Last Updated Jun 2, 2016

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