Salad Dressing without the Xanthan Gum

What could be simpler than a balsamic vinaigrette dressing? Well, read the ingredient label on your favorite, and you may be surprised: Ingredients are likely to include cheap soybean oil, artificial color, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (which I’m sure is very delicious—I just don’t keep it in my cupboard), and sugar (or even worse, artificial sweetener). Why does a dressing that sounds so simple have to contain so much junk?

Clients ask me all the time, do I have to make my own salad dressing? While you certainly don’t have to, I want to reassure you how easy it is! With a few simple ingredients and a jar, you can make a really delicious balsamic vinaigrette in less than 5 minutes with real food you probably already have in your kitchen, no chemistry set required...


Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (use the good stuff here!)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (ingredients should be: Apples)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Shake it up and it’s ready to go.

Adapted from The Oh She Glows Cookbook.