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The Calories in Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing

author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
The Calories in Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing
Skip the oil and just enjoy plain balsamic vinegar to keep your calories to a minimum. Photo Credit: dinoforlena/iStock/Getty Images

Balsamic vinegar by itself is relatively low in calories. Even the low-fat balsamic vinegar blended dressings aren’t that high in calories. But when food manufacturers blend it up with high-fat oil to make a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, that’s when you’ll get way more calories than you may realize.

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Comparing Calories

Drizzling plain balsamic vinegar on your salad packs on less than 30 calories per 2-tablespoon serving. You can have the same amount of low-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing for roughly the same amount of calories. If you opt for a full-fat balsamic vinaigrette dressing made with oil, you’ll get three times as many calories -- 90 calories from a 2-tablespoon portion.

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