A quick and easy low-carb blue cheese vinaigrette dressing recipe made with balsamic vinegar. It adds an extra special touch to a plain tossed salad!
If you have ever felt bored with raw veggies and salads all the time, then this recipe is just for you! This is a way to layer different tastes into one dressing - and it completely transforms boring veggies into a whole different meal.
For this recipe, I combined my two favorite salad dressings, creamy blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. This is a low-carb and keto-friendly salad dressing that you could also use as a marinade for your favorite types of meat.
This low-carb blue cheese vinaigrette dressing recipe is a mix between the two. I usually sprinkle additional blue cheese on the salad because I just love it! It's tough for me not to add cheese to a salad, even when there's some in the dressing.
There aren't a lot of good low-carb salad dressings out there. And, the ones that are available sometimes have ingredients I'd like to avoid. If I do find a good one, it's usually pretty expensive.
That's why it is just so much easier for me to make my own salad dressings at home - like this one.
Ingredients Needed For Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
The ingredients are pretty basic and easy to find at your grocery store. Here is a bit more info about what I used.
I used a combination of avocado and olive oil. By using both, it adds a mixture of flavors. Plus, I love how healthy avocado oil is because it has a high omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.
I used balsamic vinegar in this dressing. It has a very bold and rich taste that is perfect in vinaigrette dressings.
You can use white balsamic vinegar if you don't like the dark color of traditional.
If you don't have any balsamic vinegar, use apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.
The only seasonings I used are oregano, salt, and pepper. If you have fresh oregano leaves, that is always the best thing to use. Fresh herbs have a bolder and more vivid taste than dried.
Finally, don't forget the crumbled blue cheese! This is very important - the star of the show!
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Be sure to use a high-quality oil like avocado oil or olive. I don't recommend using seed oils or vegetable oils. Avocado oil is my personal favorite!
- A high-quality oil will elevate the taste and texture of your salad dressing. You'll notice a difference.
- If you use a different type of vinegar and it isn't sweet enough, add a few drops of Stevia.
How To Make Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Making your own salad dressing is simple, and there are fewer carbs in the dressing. Plus, it will save you money over buying the bottled salad dressing in the stores.
All you do is add the ingredients to a small container with a tight light.
You only need a few minutes to shake all the ingredients together. The result is a delicious and wholesome homemade salad topping that adds fat and flavor to an ordinary lettuce mix!
Best Salads To Serve With Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
This dressing tastes the best when you add it to chopped lettuce and throw in some cucumbers and tomatoes.
You can also make a low-carb cobb salad and add this as the main dressing.
Or, set this out in a small dish and dip your raw veggies into it. The options are pretty endless!
Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing
Before I get to the recipe card at the bottom of this post, here are some questions people often ask about this salad dressing.
How do you store leftovers?
You'll want to store any leftovers in the refrigerator. The dressing should last at least several weeks - if not more. Olive oil does tend to harden in colder temperatures, so you may want to warm it up in a little hot water or let it sit out before using.
My favorite way to store leftover salad dressing is in a mason jar. That way, I can screw a lid on it and be able to shake it up whenever I want it again.
How many carbs are in this salad dressing?
You should get two good-sized servings of dressing with this recipe. Sometimes, I cut it in half to make just enough for a single serving of salad.
Each serving has about 1 gram total carb, with dietary fiber being around 0.7g. So, the carbs in this dressing are very close to zero.
What are some other toppings I can add to salad with this dressing?
If you like the regular creamy blue cheese dressing, I also have a recipe for that. You can find the creamy salad dressing here.
It's just as easy to make that one! As always, feel free to change up this basic salad dressing recipe to suit your own tastes.
You may want to change up the spices or alter the ratio of vinegar to oil. It's totally up to you when you make it at home.
I'm a big salad eater in the hotter summer months. So, I can go through a lot of low-carb salad dressing. You can always make your dressing in smaller or larger portions if you'd like.
More Low-Carb Salad Ideas
If you enjoyed this blue cheese vinaigrette dressing, then here are some more of my favorite keto salad recipes. I think you'll love them too!
- Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad is refreshing and perfect any time of year.
- Spinach Strawberry Salad With Vinaigrette is another fantastic recipe you can make if you love vinaigrettes.
- Big Mac Salad is made with ground beef and tastes just like the iconic burger.
- Keto Broccoli Salad has crunchy bacon and lots of sharp cheddar cheese for a dish that you will want to make again.
- Homemade Keto Chicken Salad is perfect on a crispy lettuce wrap or by itself.
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Balsamic Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- dash salt
- dash pepper
- 2 Tablespoons blue cheese , crumbled
- Combine all ingredients in a small container with cover.
- Place cover on tightly and shake.
- Chill at least one hour. Shake before serving.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 44 [calories] => 171 [carbohydrates] => 1 [protein] => 2 [fat] => 18.2 [saturated_fat] => 4 [cholesterol] => 6 [sodium] => 196 [fiber] => 0.7 [serving_unit] => g )
Notes on Nutritional Information
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First published on August 5, 2010. Post updated on July 29, 2021, with higher resolution images and additional recipe information.
This sounds absolutely delicious, can't wait to try it!