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This delicious Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe is easy to make and doesn’t have any added or refined sugar, meaning you can enjoy it and stick to a low-carb and keto diet. It’s the perfect finisher to any salad or grilled meat. In this post, I share how to make a keto-friendly balsamic vinaigrette with just a few ingredients and a salad dressing shaker bottle. I also share other easy Keto Salad Dressing recipes that you might make to go with your next meal!
Why share a Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette post?
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing is one of my favorite salad dressings. It is so versatile. For example, it tastes so good drizzled on almost any kind of salad you can think of and it makes a great marinade for chicken and fish.
However, most Balsamic Vinaigrettes, well at least the kind I prefer, come with refined sugar. The added sugar gives the dressing a bit of a sweet and tangy flavor.
Since cutting carbs also means cutting sugar, I’m sharing this recipe for a sugar-free version that has all of the flavor that I enjoy minus the sugar.
Traditional Store-bought vs. Homemade Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette
You might be wondering why anyone would make their own salad dressing when so many salad dressings are readily available premade in the grocery store. However, many of those dressings, including most of the ready-made balsamic vinaigrettes, contain sugar or other carb laden sweeteners.
Plus, most of them have a list a mile long of other questionable ingredients. And, as I mentioned, in my Creamy Caesar dressing recipe, the long list of weird stuff in most store bought salad dressing is a big reason I’m such a fan of making my own.
My homemade balsamic dressing doesn’t have any sugar and only has a handful of real food ingredients. The simple ingredients give this dressing the slightly acidic but sweet flavor that makes balsamic vinaigrette so yummy.
How to make Balsamic Vinaigrette without Sugar:
Most premade, commercially available balsamic vinaigrette dressings have some very carb heavy sweeteners. Some have actual sugar. Others use honey, maple syrup, or agave. Some use corn syrup. Whatever sweetener they use, they all add carbs that I don’t want to eat.
Instead of any of these carb heavy sweeteners, I use Honest Syrup. Honest Syrup is my go-to keto-friendly replacement for honey and maple syrup. In fact, I use in my Keto Pancakes and Honey Sriracha Wings.
This syrup has just one gram net carbs per serving and has a ton of flavors that make them perfect for this recipe, but also my keto desserts.
Sugar-free, Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe Ingredients
Unlike many store bought salad dressings, this homemade balsamic vinaigrette has only a handful of wholesome, real food ingredients. You won’t find any soybean oils, preservatives, or other questionable ingredients.
To make my homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing, you need:
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
- Honest Syrup
- Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic (clove or powder)
That’s it! You don’t need a lot to get big flavors. I do recommend using good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil in this recipe for the best flavor.
How to make this balsamic vinaigrette your own:
This low carb balsamic vinaigrette recipe is fairly flexible. You can adjust it to really suit your tastes.
For example, if you don’t like garlic, feel free to omit the clove of garlic. If, on the other hand, you are a huge fan of garlic, add more.
Want your dressing a little sweeter? Add a little extra erythritol. Feel like added an extra bit of flavor? Throw in some fresh basil or parsley.
The great part about making salad dressing is you can taste it as you make it, adjusting ingredients and amounts as you need.
How to Make Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette:
This balsamic vinaigrette is so easy to make. Just add the ingredients into a salad dressing shaker. Then, you give the shaker a good shake and your dressing is ready to go.
I highly recommend the salad dressing shaker. It makes making this a snap. Plus, it doubles as a storage container.
What to Serve Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette With:
You can serve this low carb balsamic vinaigrette with almost any salad. You could absolutely serve this BLT Avocado Salad with balsamic instead of ranch.
This dressing also tastes fabulous as a marinade or a drizzle on grilled chicken and seafood. You could use it as a finish to these recipes:
Keto 4 Spice Chicken Breast RecipeGet this recipe
Easy Cast Iron Whole30 ShrimpGet this recipe
Ninja Foodi Air Fryer Herbed Salmon RecipeGet this recipe
Looking for other Keto Salads & Dressing Recipes:
I love a good salad that has bold flavor. If you’re looking for some inspiration then you can check out this Keto Side Dishes post where I share some salad recipes, including a keto-friendly antipasto.
You can also check out my post devoted entirely to Keto Salad Dressings. There are recipes as well as some that you can pick up online or at the store.
Easy Low Carb & Keto Coleslaw RecipeGet this recipe
- Add all of the ingredients to the dressing cup. Shake until well incorporated.
- Store in the refrigerator and shake before each use.