Whether you are ordering a salad out or creating a salad at home, one dressing you may enjoy is the classic balsamic vinaigrette. When you are following a low-calorie diet, though, this dressing may not be your best bet. A traditional vinegar and oil dressing contains approximately 200 calories per 2-tbsp. serving and it is not a low-fat dressing; 99 percent of its calories come from fat. When you make your own, however, you can modify the proportion of oil to vinegar to make this dressing healthier. You will also know exactly what ingredients your dressing contains.
Measure out 4 tbsp. of the type of vinegar that you want to use and pour it into a carafe or jar. Plain white, apple cider and balsamic vinegar are three commonly used types. You may find rice vinegar, champagne vinegar and fruit vinegars in gourmet shops and health food stores.
Add the olive oil to the carafe.
Close the carafe's lid and shake the container to mix the oil and vinegar. Like oil and water, the vinegar and oil will separate soon after you mix them.
Add the dressing to your salad or preferred dish.