Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette Recipe

Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette recipe

Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette Recipe

Are you looking for a healthy salad dressing? This homemade walnut vinaigrette recipe uses whole walnuts and all-natural ingredients.

When done right, a salad is a satisfying meal that not only tastes great but leaves you feeling great for hours. The secret is to include tasty ingredients filled with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

Fiber for Salad:

Start with a bed of mixed salad greens (about 4 cups or 5-6 ounces) and top it with your favorite non-starchy vegetables (i.e. tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower).

A serving of black beans on top adds an additional boost of hunger-satisfying fiber.

Protein for Salad:

Protein is found in most foods. Even leafy greens and vegetables contain protein.

A great way to add protein to your salad is to use leftovers from last night’s dinner. Leftover meat, chicken, or fish or an ounce of cheese adds protein to your meal.

If you’re a vegetarian, beans are a good protein choice.

Healthy Fats for Salad:

Did you know that the fats found in nuts, seeds, and avocados help your body absorb the vitamins and minerals from your meal? They also shut down hunger reducing your overall calorie intake for the rest of the day.

If you are avoiding flavor-filled fats in hopes of saving a few calories, you are not doing yourself any favors.

I find that walnuts go great on a salad, and they can even be made into a healthy salad dressing.

Recipe for Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette

Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette

courtesy of Dr. Becky Fitness

Servings: 4 note: metric units will not change
Calories: 71kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (64g) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (59g) Water
  • 1/4 cup (29g) Walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon (9g) Raisins substitute a date
  • 1 clove (3g) Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.2g) Dried Thyme Leaves substitute fresh

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender.
  • Blend together, adding water as needed to reach your desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.9g8%
Carbohydrates 5.9g2%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Protein 1.4g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author

Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.

7 thoughts on “Homemade Walnut Vinaigrette Recipe

  1. I rely want to try your diet but I just can’t because I don’t use a printer. I can’t get them to work to copy from my tablet . But good luck with your program.

  2. Hello Dr. Becky,
    I have just discovered your website and love all of the information. I am trying to find more salad dressing recipes. Do you have any more suggestions? Thank you for your help.

  3. Dr. Becky

    Sounded good and now I know it taste delicious!

    Just wonder about sugar in balsamic vinegar. It says 2 gr in 1tbsp on the bottle. Since it not added sugar but only the grapes with which the vinegar is made, it is ok as a little portion?

    Thank you for this great idea!

    1. Hi Sylvie,

      I’m happy to hear you like the recipe! The few natural sugars in the balsamic vinegar are unavoidable, but won’t be enough to throw off your diet :).

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