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Olive Oil-Balsamic Dipping Sauce

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.

Southern Living FEBRUARY 2004

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 214
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Protein: 6.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.5g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 1.5mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 390mg
  • Calcium: 202mg

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