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The Lowest Calorie Dressing Ever

Lauryn Evarts, weight loss blogger and fitness expert from San Diego.

Lauryn Evarts, with easy and quick salad dressing recipes that promote a healthy lifestyle in San Diego.

I rarely am a fan of salad dressings. The market’s selection normally consists of too much sodium, an overload of hidden sugars or a dominating taste that ruins the salad. Michael’s grandmother, Michiko, passed this recipe along to us, making it nearly impossible not to whip up at least four times a week. Since it’s so light and refreshing, the taste never gets old. No one wants to eat their calories in dressing ( or in a salad, for that matter ); try this super low-calorie concoction- your taste buds & butt will thank you later.

Lauryn Evarts, weight loss blogger and fitness expert from San Diego.

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Lowest Calorie Dressing Ever

* Works well for a large salad

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO )

6 dashes of  red wine vinegar ( I add ten shakes sometimes- I LOVE it! )

1/2 Meyer lemon juice

2-3 dashes of Italian seasoning

2-3 dashes of garlic salt

Shake up. I use a martini shaker to mix my dressing! Depending on your taste buds, garlic salt and Italian seasoning could be one, two or three dashes. Mix EVOO, red wine vinegar, half a lemon [ just the juice ], seasoning and garlic salt together; shake well. This dressing works well on any type of veggies. Pairs well with a dry red wine.

Note: for this particular salad I used arugula, broccoli, orange bell pepper, Italian parmesan cheese, & cucumber ).

46 comments on The Lowest Calorie Dressing Ever

  1. thestarrpower
    01.26.12 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    yum! i can never justify throwing away calories on a salad dressing, but its nice to see a variation that doesn’t include balsamic. can’t wait to try it!

  2. Brandee
    01.26.12 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m a huge fan and will definitely be trying this dressing on for size (no pun intended).

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Brandee!

  3. anna
    01.26.12 at 11:31 pm (4 years ago)

    hi, i’v just started read your blog, like it already! just wondering, were are you writing the reciept? or do u just post pictures of whats in the dressing and so on?

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:57 pm (4 years ago)

      They’re under “Click for Skinny Recipe” or in the recipe section.

  4. anna
    01.26.12 at 11:31 pm (4 years ago)

    oh sorry! saw it now!

  5. Cathri
    01.27.12 at 3:10 am (4 years ago)

    Stupid question (i’m not american though so maybe i’m excused?), what is EVOO?

    • Johanna Tysklind
      01.29.12 at 11:14 pm (4 years ago)

      I believe it stands for “Extra-Virgin Olive Oil” :)

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes! Thanks Johanna!

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Extra Virgin Olive Oil : )

  6. anon.
    01.27.12 at 11:39 am (4 years ago)

    Why not just do balsamic vinegar. 15 calories and it tastes so delicious?

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:56 pm (4 years ago)

      I don’t like balsamic vinegar :(. I prefer Red Wine Vinaigrette, but you could substitute balsamic in this recipe.

  7. Karen Hasler
    01.27.12 at 1:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, we grew up eating this dressing and still enjoy it today, now that’s a test of time…again, great pics
    thanks for the memories

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:59 pm (4 years ago)

      No problem :) Thanks for reading Karen.

  8. Shayna
    01.27.12 at 4:25 pm (4 years ago)

    My mom-in-law has been doing this for years! She taught me this recipe & it is now the only way I like to dress my salad or dip my veggies! I love Meyer lemons too! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Lauryn
      01.29.12 at 11:54 pm (4 years ago)


  9. Lisa B
    01.27.12 at 10:47 pm (4 years ago)

    One of our mother’s best recipes and one or our kid’s favorites as well…glad to be able to contribute an old family recipe from one of the greatest mothers (and grandmothers) ever!!

  10. Lindsay
    05.08.12 at 6:29 pm (4 years ago)

    I tried this on my salad tonight and it was delicious!! However, I know EVOO contains heart healthy fats, but the kind I used tonight had 120 calories per 1 tbsp serving. Did I completely defeat the purpose of the low calorie dressing?!

    • Lauryn
      05.09.12 at 12:34 pm (4 years ago)

      I don’t count calories! And yes EVOO is a “good fat.” I use it on everything! xox

    • Sue
      09.16.13 at 11:06 pm (2 years ago)

      I agree with you LIndsay. I was kind of wondering what the point of this article is. The title is “The Lowest Calorie Salad Dressing Ever.” But, 2 Tablespoons of EVOO is 220 calories!!! It is a healthy fat. But, I was searching for a low calorie salad dressing. You can buy many prepackaged organic store bought dressing for that. I occasionally do put EVOO on my salad. But, I hate using up daily calories just for salad dressing. Within the last few years, I lost more than 100 pounds counting calories. I know some people say they don’t do it. And that is fine, but it is the only weight loss technique that worked for me. When I was trying to eat all raw foods, I was trying to squeeze fresh lemon juice on my salad or put a lot of tomatoes in the salad. The juiciness of the tomatoes gives it a salad dressing-like feel and has flavor. Currently, I very rarely use salad dressing and just load up my salad with many veggies and healthy additions like dried cranberries, apple slices, walnuts, etc. These things do contain calories, but at least they are more filling than EVOO. I have also used fresh herbs such as basil, dill and parsley to give it flavor.

  11. Diana Ruiz
    08.30.12 at 8:06 am (3 years ago)

    Looking into a three day cleanse I ran into your blog/website and I instantly fell in love with it…. it is awesome! You have changed my life and made it easier to find healthy recipies and health information… love it!!! How often do update the blog?

    • laurynevarts
      08.30.12 at 10:08 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! I am flattered you like it Diana! I update it at least 6 times a week + posts from Instagram [ username: LaurynBoBoryn ].

  12. karen ruano
    01.02.13 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    i looked at my ranch dressing bottle to see how many calories it had. it blew my mind. i found this recipy on dressing and i just wanderin how many calories it has. any ideas ?

    • Lauryn
      01.02.13 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

      At most 20 calories a serving! XO.

  13. karen ruano
    01.03.13 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    and how big is the serving ?

    • Lauryn
      01.03.13 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

      About four tablespoons! There’s barely anything in it! :-)

  14. Lynn
    01.03.13 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    What is Meyer lemons???

  15. karen ruano
    01.03.13 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

    thank you so much that is really awsome ! i’m sure gonna give a whirl..

  16. Fiona Maclean
    01.04.13 at 1:09 am (3 years ago)

    I’m just imagining you with the martini shaker! We get meyer lemons here but they are prohibitively expensive. I’ll try this but probably with normal ones!
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  17. Sue |
    05.16.13 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

    I love homemade salad dressing! It changes everything. I bought a huge white bowl just for making fresh salads for lunch with my own dressing. The bowl is big enough I can put just a tad of dressing on and mix it all around. It’s delish. I like to mix up the flavors for the olive oil and vinegar – sometimes using champagne vinegar, sometimes a dash of walnut oil… It’s fun to get creative. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ll have to try it.

  18. Cassidy
    06.07.13 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

    I am trying out your low cal dressing as we speak and I would just like to say that I am impressed. I thought I might not like it as I’m not a huge fan of red wine vinegar, but when mixed with the other components it is really GOOD!

    I didn’t make it much differently than you. Although I did stir the mix in a glass, used a regular store bought lemon, and I made my own garlic salt by mixing 3 parts salt with 1 part garlic powder.

    I’ll definitely be mixing up this dressing whenever I eat a salad!

  19. Mathilda
    06.15.13 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I went to the store and bought red wine vinegar just so I could try this! But how long does it hold? I was thinking about bringing a small jar of dressing to keep at work and I don’t want it to spoil.

    • Lauryn
      06.15.13 at 2:08 pm (3 years ago)

      Making it fresh tastes best! Xx.

  20. Figgy
    07.15.13 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Just how many calories DOES this dressing have?

  21. Harkness
    08.01.13 at 6:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Another stellar recipe! I’m so excited to be making my own vs buying pre-made. You are helping me to eat whole foods. I never thought that would be possible for me to pull off. Thanks sooo much Lauryn!!

  22. Kelsie
    06.03.14 at 10:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Do you know if it would taste well with basalmic viniger?

  23. lisa
    12.10.14 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

    did i read that correctly?? 2o calories/ 4 tablespoons??

  24. sam
    02.07.16 at 8:32 am (6 days ago)

    How is this low calorie with 2 T of oil? that is over 200 calories alone. Am I missing something? Is this multiple servings of dressing?


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