Olive Oil-Balsamic Dipping Sauce

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.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Nutritional 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


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


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

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.

Nutritional analysis includes bread.


Carly Druda, Clearwater, Florida,

February 2004
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