Creamy Balsamic Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette is just as rich and delicious as the salad dressing you get in restaurants or from a bottle. This easy gluten-free salad dressing recipe can be made in about five seconds. My healthier version proves that homemade can be easy, and it will become a new favorite salad dressing recipe.
Originally published on November 7, 2013. Updated with new photos on May 1, 2017. The little Baby Smiles is now a big 4 year old boy!
I think I am getting back on track. After starting the year with gestational diabetes and a fairly painful pregnancy, once Baby Smiles was born, all I wanted to do was sit on my butt and eat all the sweets that I had to give up due to my very strict diet for the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy. I have been giving myself all sorts of excuses – Baby Smiles still doesn’t sleep through the night and I am tired and need my energy to keep up with The Bug, ensure I am producing enough milk, get dinner on the table; I don’t have time right now to exercise because I really really need to keep up with all of my blog/Facebook/Pinterest stuff; I was so good with the diet to control the diabetes and now I have super-breastfeeding-metabolism and this is the last time I’ll have this kind of metabolism, so a regular intake of ice cream/chocolate chips/Halloween candy/half a jar of peanut butter is perfectly acceptable.
Well, it’s not.
So even though I only gained just over 20 lbs, I haven’t been able to take it all off. But I think I am back on the bandwagon again. Despite still (STILL!!!) waking at 2-ish and 5-ish everyday, I am getting myself out of bed to exercise a few times a week, or going out for walks when I can (which honestly is hard when I am juggling naps and preschool and feedings), I am trying to cut down the nighttime sugar binges by shifting my chocolate banana smoothie habit to evening instead of midday because I still feel like I ned that bit of “indulgence” to wind down and relax. The weather is getting colder, so maybe I’ll get into the nighttime tea habit again.
And while I am at a healthy weight despite a few post-pregnancy pounds that I still haven’t dropped, I need to do this to have more energy, to be healthier inside, and to be a good example for my boys. Already I am feeling a change. I’m less lethargic, more productive, and just generally in a better mood. All good things. Maybe even better than ice cream sundaes.
Now to get back into my daily salad habit at lunch. This easy gluten-free yogurt vinaigrette should help…
The Greek yogurt and just a bit of olive oil give this Creamy Balsamic Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette the rich smoothness of those heavier creamy dressings you get in restaurants or in the grocery store.
But this is a healthier vinaigrette dressing! There are no preservatives or other funky ingredients, and it has way fewer calories. And you don’t need to use a ton because there is lots of flavor from the balsamic vinegar. It is perfect for dressing a simple side salad, for an entree salad with romaine, maybe some shrimp, roasted red peppers, olives and feta, or with mixed baby greens, apples, and blue cheese. We’ve enjoy it on an Italian-Style Wedge Salad with Parmesan Polenta Croutons, as well as a glammed up BLT known as the “PAT” or Prosciutto, Arugula and Tomato Sandwich.
Looking for some more homemade salad dressing recipes?
- Pantry Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip or Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing or Dip
- Creamy Greek Yogurt Maple Dijon Dressing
- Homemade Creamy Ranch Salad Dressing from Barefeet in the Kitchen
- Avocado Lime Salad Dressing, from Inside BruCrew Life
Prefer a more classic balsamic vinaigrette? Wine and Glue has the Perfect Balsamic Dressing. Maybe you want a cheesier option. Try Creamy Parmesan Salad Dressing from Noble Pig. And summertime salads would be delicious with Creamy Poppy Seed Salad Dressing from Spend with Pennies.
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Here’s the Creamy Balsamic Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette recipe…
Creamy Balsamic Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette
Just five ingredients and a few seconds to have a tasty and creamy homemade salad dressing to drizzle over your favorite greens.
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar and shake or whisk until combined and smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.