By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This vinaigrette will solidify when stored in the fridge for future use. Gently warm the dressing in the microwave or a saucepan for a few seconds.

Number of servings

Serves 8
  1. Low Sodium
  2. Low Fat


  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 6 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/2 cup dark balsamic vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the water and sugar, and cook until the sugar begins to caramelize. Add the vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper to the sugar mixture.

Remove the pan from heat. Stir mixture with a whisk and set aside to cool. Remove the garlic with a strainer and discard. Serve dressing immediately or store for later use.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1 tablespoon

  • Calories 89
  • Total fat 3 g
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 62 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Total sugars 14 g
  • Protein 0 g

Created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

June 02, 2016