Balsamic Dressing

I created this dressing because I always enjoyed having the balsamic at restaurants starting around the early 1990s. As some of you may remember it was loaded with oil. Tasty, with Italian herbs and garlic and the wonderful bite of balsamic vinegar, but very, very oily. What I have created here is utterly oil-free.
Yes, that’s right, no greasy feeling in your gut or your lips after eating a salad with this creation or drizzling it on some fresh grilled vegetables. I’ve been using this creation of mine for about the last eight years. It’s made with beans so it’s very low in fat, yet it’s thick and creamy and extremely satisfying. I hope you enjoy it as much as my clients and I have.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 cup balsamic
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 can of chick peas drained/rinsed (For Fat Free Version) OR
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients into blender until smooth.
  • NOTE: a small, personal blender such as a Ninja or Bullet works best for dressings.
  • The dressing will last up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
Keyword balsamic, dressing, oil-free, Vegan