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Olive Oil-Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Yield Makes 6 servings
This simple concoction is a great multi-purpose sauce. For a fresh, quick salad, layer plum tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and part-skim mozzarella cheese cubes in a shallow dish, and drizzle with olive oil-balsamic sauce. Or serve it with crusty whole grain bread, which is a good source of fiber.For similar dressings, see our complete collection of salad dressing recipes.


  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (16-ounce) unsliced multigrain bread loaf

Nutrition Information

  • calories 214
  • caloriesfromfat 39 %
  • fat 9.3 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 6.6 g
  • carbohydrate 27.5 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • cholesterol 1.5 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 390 mg
  • calcium 202 mg

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Drizzle oil and vinegar evenly over cheese mixture, and stir.

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  2. Place bread loaf directly on lower oven rack. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until heated. Cut bread into 1-inch slices. Dip bread slices into sauce.

  3. Nutritional analysis includes bread.