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A Taste Unbidden: Oil and Vinegar Low Carb Recipes

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of like.” — Craig Claiborne

Balsamic vinegar is one of the more common gourmet vinegars used in making low carb, oil based dressings – although there is nothing common about balsamic vinegar. The trend toward improved heart health has also led to low carb choices that help in attaining elusive weight loss for many. Today, oil and vinegar is becoming a family staple.

Balsamic vinaigrette dressings will be best received by family and friends when tossed through lettuce leaves or drizzled over sliced tomatoes and cucumbers just prior to serving. Tossing the salad too early renders leafy vegetables droopy and unattractive.

Oil and Vinegar – Shaken Not Stirred

Oil by itself can be used as a salad dressing; but it is an acid like balsamic vinegar that makes the dressing more palatable to family and guests. A mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar provides a uniquely satisfying meal time vinaigrette.

Tasty Homegrown Experiments

Flavored oils that are unique to your own family recipes can be made at home. Herb oil, for example and be made by gently heating a desired amount of olive oil, then adding chopped basil or chives. Your pan should be removed from the heat and covered until the mixture is cool. You can mix the cooled product together using a blender. Once smooth you should strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve. These oils should be blended up to four days prior to plotted get-togethers and stored in a corked bottle to let the flavors merge.

Spicy chili oil can be made by gently heating olive oil, adding several finely chopped fresh chilies to the sauce pan, along with a bay leaf and an unpeeled garlic clove. You should let mixture cool thoroughly then strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in a corked bottle.

Factoid: ‘Balsamic’ means ‘like balsam’. Balsam is an aromatic resin and the term balsamic vinegar is a common reference to the fact that the end result is thick (resin like) and aromatic.

Low Carb Dressings

One of the many health benefits of balsamic vinegar (as well as other quality vinegars) and olive oil is the low carb nature of the mixture. Variations on these recipes may help you learn a unique flavor that is perfect for a family recipe. You can use the following recipes for guilt free meals and snacks.

Simple Italian Dressing


1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons of granular sugar
Italian seasoning of choice


Shake or stir ingredients together. Keep tasting until you find the right combo of vinegar and oil. If you like it less sweet, then add less sugar.

Garlic Vinaigrette


1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/4 cup of your favorite vinegar
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tablespoons of granular sugar
1/2 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper


Combine all ingredients in a jar with secure cap, shake well until well blended. Leave to cool in fridge for an hour or so before serving.

Mediterranean Salad Mix


1/2 envelope of Excellent Seasons® Italian
1/2 envelope Excellent Seasons® Garlic and Herb
Apple Cider Vinegar
Olive Oil


Using the Excellent Seasons® carafe fill to the vinegar line with apple cider vinegar and olive oil. DO NOT USE ANY WATER, even though there is a fill line for water, use vinegar only. Chop some romaine lettuce and top with crumbled feta cheese, red onion slices and black olives. Serve with chilled dressing.

“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven, I can scarcely expect bread.” — Thomas Jefferson

In Conclusion

A low carb diet may not be for everyone, but a reduction in dietary carbohydrates is an thought that’s hard to argue against.

When a natural combination of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar provide so much taste with so many health benefits it becomes a message worth sharing – both verbally and in dishes that we make for our family and friends.

Whether it’s balsamic vinaigrette for a spinach salad or olive oil as the base for Simple Italian Dressing, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests this excellent tasting food is excellent for you.

A Taste Unbidden (An ode to Balsamic Vinegar)

Between the tip of tongue and peace of mind
A raging thirst discovers
A like affair that’s just begun
As I savor each new morsel

Just where did taste start?
Where has it hidden all these years?
A dichotomy of sweet and sour
O’ honest Queen of Modena.

James Zeller writes for gourmet gift related websites and blogs such as Cruets.com . Here is a selection of cruets.com/Scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=146 gourmet oil and vinegar that he found, and a creative collection of cruets.com kitchen gifts.

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One Comment on “A Taste Unbidden: Oil and Vinegar Low Carb Recipes”

  • Harley Marshall wrote on 1 May, 2010, 14:49

    Low Carb diet is really the best diet if you want to reduce weight and also to maintain a healthy body.`;”

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