Low Sodium White Balsamic Vinaigrette

If you’re attempting healthy eating and a low sodium diet, you’ll want to keep this low sodium White Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe handy because it’s delicious and easy to make! Keep a few mason jars of this homemade dressing on hand for a quick salad or a light sauce for fish or chicken!

For years, I’ve tried a thousand healthy homemade salad dressings. The problem was, the dressing separated because oil and vinegar don’t really like each other.

I finally found the secret to making a silky smooth vinaigrette with a low sodium content and one that actually emulsifies and keeps well in the refrigerator!Low sodium dressing in spoon.

Why you’ll love this recipe!

Just say “no” to store-bought dressings and whip this light vinaigrette up in no time!

  • Low-sodium/Healthy/fresh ingredients-most bottled vinaigrettes contain a plethora of ingredients including emulsifiers and sodium. A typical oil and vinegar dressing contains 270- 320 mg per 2 tablespoons; this recipe contains 1 mg of sodium per 2 tablespoons, which naturally occurs in dried mustard.
  • Versatile: satisfy your taste buds by putting your own spin on this basic vinaigrette recipe by adding different herbs and spices, italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper or, for a zesty flavor, throw in some ground red pepper flakes! Watch out for adding parmesan cheese, though…it is high in sodium.
  • Stores well: due to the specific ratios of ingredients in my low sodium vinaigrette recipe, the dressing doesn’t separate as much as other traditional combinations; one quick shake of it and it’s smooth!

Ingredients 

White Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive oil, dried Italian seasonings, dried ground mustard, lemon juice concentrate (you can use fresh lemon juice) and sugar (optional.) Do NOT substitute plain distilled white vinegar for the white balsamic vinegar.

How to make low sodium vinaigrette

This recipe uses simple ingredients, has minimal prep time and there’s nothing better or easier than a homemade salad dressing! Grab a small bowl just mix the oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl; whisk; add remaining ingredients; whisk again and you’re done! Drizzle it over a fresh bed of greens or use as a dipping sauce for raw vegetables.

No need for a food processor-the easiest way (and best way) is to whisk this together the old fashioned way…with a wire whisk or a fork:)

Why this recipe works

  • Contains no dairy products – no greek yogurt, sour cream or mayonnaise. Keto friendly, healthy salad dressing recipe plain and simple.
  • The balsamic vinegar keeps the salad dressing emulsified
  • No added salt but still has great flavor! You’ll be surprised how good a low sodium salad dresssing tastes!
  • Combines well  – Without going into a dissertation on food chemistry, let’s just note that fats and oils are non-polar and hydrophobic-meaning they don’t like water.  Vinegar, on the other hand is just the opposite – polar and hydrophilic- which means vinegar likes water. 
  • So, you can see that these two ingredients are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to mixing well and getting along. 
  • What they need is something to bring them together…a catalyst. In this instance, the “secret somethings” are white Balsamic Vinegar and dry mustard. 
  • Balsamic vinegars, both dark and white, are made from cooked grapes. As the grapes cook and brown, they produce polymers called melanoidins. Melanoidins have emulsifying properties which help bind the oil and vinegar. 
  • Dry mustard also has emulsifying properties. So, the inclusion of these two ingredients in this easy vinaigrette recipe allows the two opposite ingredients to combine and produce a nice, smooth vinaigrette.

Now that I’ve bored you with the details of WHY…(you can only imagine how popular I am at cocktail parties:)…let’s whip up a batch of this low-sodium vinaigrette.

Spinach salad in a glass bowl with a side of White balsamic vinaigrette

This low sodium vinaigrette is ideal for any salad greens and much more flavorful and healthy than what you find at the grocery store.

Tips

  • Do not substitute the balsamic vinegar with distilled or apple cider vinegar
  • Use a high-quality olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice from concentrate is equivalent to the juice from half of a large lemon
  • Sugar is optional
  • Switch out the herbs if you prefer; if using fresh herbs, you’ll want to use twice as much of the fresh, because dried herbs are stronger than fresh

Storage

Store this low sodium vinaigrette in a well-sealed jar (I use mason jars) or any airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Some separation and solidification may occur, so be sure to give it a good shake before serving.

If the low-sodium salad dressing solidifies in the refrigerator, allow it to come to room temperature first, then shake it up to combine the ingredients or make it using 2/3 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. 

Serve over crisp greens or warm it up and drizzle it over asparagus, broccoli or Brussels sprouts! This is also a great dressing to serve with fish or chicken breasts.

Low sodium salad dressing in spoon drizzling over salad.

Low Sodium White Balsamic Vinaigrette

All-natural oil and vinegar salad dressing with herbs, lemon and garlic. No added sodium.
5 from 21 votes
Print Rate
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: International
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 24 tablespoons
Author: Anecia Hero

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup olive oil Extra Virgin See recipe notes about OIL
  • ½ cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs dried
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)

Instructions 

  • Combine olive oil and white balsamic vinegar in mixing bowl; whisk
    1 cup olive oil, ½ cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • Add remaining ingredients; whisk together and serve
    1 tablespoon Italian herbs, 1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon dried mustard, ½ teaspoon sugar

Notes

  • You may substitute dark balsamic vinaigrette for white, but the flavor profile of the salad dressing will change a bit
  • Do not substitute white distilled or apple cider vinegar for the white balsamic vinegar; the oil and vinegar won't emulsify as well
  • Lemon juice: use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice from concentrate or the juice from half of a lemon
ABOUT THE OIL
This dressing may solidify a little upon refrigeration but will easily emulsify once it's at room temperature. 
If you want a dressing that will not solidify at all upon refrigeration, replace the 1 cup of olive oil with 2/3 cup olive oil and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. The vegetable oil helps stabilize the dressing without affecting the flavor.

Nutrition Estimate

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

    1. Balsamic vinegar is produced differently than white vinegar or white wine vinegar. You can substitute the balsamic, but the dressing won’t hold together as well as if you were to use a balsamic vinegar. As noted in the post, Balsamic vinegars, both dark and white, are made from cooked grapes. As the grapes cook and brown, they produce polymers called melanoidins. Melanoidins have emulsifying properties which help bind the oil and vinegar.”

  1. 5 stars
    I am in lust with this dressing!!! Seriously, I licked the plate. I can’t thank you enough. I thought taste went out the door with salt .

  2. 5 stars
    Best and simplest recipe I have found, my taste buds are very sensitive to salt, I can count the grains! and if I do eat something with salt everything tastes horrendous. This really works for me, I too use it to marinade chicken and veggies for kebabs and as dressing for cooked veggies. It’s also a great dressing for tomato and mozzarella salad. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  3. I just found out I have stage 3 Kidney Disease and would to see more low sodium recipes! I’m going to try this dressing. Thank you

    1. I’m sorry to hear about your illness. Sending you prayers:) You can add herbs of your choice to this white balsamic vinaigrette dressing to make it taste differently – add a pinch of minced garlic and/or minced parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme, rosemary…. to give it a different “spin”!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this dressing and now it’s a staple in my fridge. I use it on everything…even to marinate chicken before grilling. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This dressing, which I made for a friend who must reduce salt intake, is so good that I now make it as my ‘go-to-recipe’.
    Perfect in every way…

    1. I’m so happy to hear this, Dolores! I, too, have relatives that must watch their sodium; that’s why I developed it! The thing that keeps it blended is the fact that it’s balsamic vinegar…you could also use dark balsalmic vinegar, if you wanted a different flavor…Thank you !