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Low-Cal Raspberry Vinaigrette

Calories per 1 Tbsp. serving = 28

Calories of commercial “fat-free” brands = 30

This is a low-cal, but not fat free, salad dressing. By keeping some of the oil, the flavor and texture are maintained.  Like most homemade dressings, there is a huge savings in cost. You can make this for less than $.50 instead of over $2.00 for a bottle of commercial product.

Ingredients: (total calories = 668;  24 – 1 Tbsp. servings )

  • 1/4 cup olive (or walnut) oil  (calories = 478)
  • 1/2 cup raspberry wine vinegar  (calories = 120)
  • 1 Tbsp. raspberry preserves or jam  (calories = 50)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar-free sweetener (calories = 0)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (calories = 10)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (calories = 0)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (calories = 0)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (calories = 0)
  • 1/2 cup water (calories = 0)
  • 1 tsp. thickener – Xantham Gum, Instant Clear Gel, etc.  (calories = 10)

Combine everything in a jar; cover and shake vigorously 30 seconds or use an immersion blender. Store in refrigerator.

Thickeners, or modified food starches, are commercial products which provide the same clinging effect as oil but with almost no calories. They are available on the Internet.

Optional Walnut Raspberry Vinaigrette: Add a few drops of walnut extract, or use walnut oil in the recipe.

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