Most dressings add on unnecessary calories, but this High Protein Balsamic Vinaigrette gives your salad an extra boost of protein goodness.
This post is sponsored by Naked Nutrition.
I love me a big ‘ol salad. Give me a pile of greens and top it off with some raw and roasted veggies and a little protein, and I’m set. You know what I don’t love, though? Dressing.
Most dressings undo all the good you’re doing by eating a salad. They’re laden with calories, fats or sugars that are simply unnecessary. I’m not a fan of wasted calories, so I usually end up eating my salad naked.
Needless to say, that tends to make my salad boring, so I was determined to find a healthy salad dressing that added a nice, simple flavor to my meal without packing on the not so nice calories. Enter this High Protein Balsamic Vinaigrette.
The secret ingredient? The key that gives this dressing more bang for every calorie buck? Protein powder!
I know what you’re thinking: “Um… Nicole. That’s weird. Protein powder in dressing?”
Ok. Ok. I see where you’re coming from. Flavored protein powders wouldn’t work. Anything that doesn’t blend well would just get grainy and clumpy, but if you find the right protein powder it will taste as if it isn’t there at all.
Naked Nutrition strips away all of the marketing and gimmicks that many companies use and only sell products with the purest ingredients. And pure really means pure. The only ingredient in their organic brown rice protein powder is organic sprouted brown rice protein. Here’s the quick and easy rundown:
The Naked Difference:
- Only One Ingredient: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein
- No Artificial Sweeteners, Flavors, or Colors
- GMO Free
- Soy Free and Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Independent third-party tested for heavy metals
- Independent third-party tested melamine free
- Flavorless so you can add it to just about anything
- 2 scoops contain 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 4 carbs, 0 sugars, and 25g protein
Anywho, I found this high-protein vinaigrette recipe on the Naked Nutrition blog and decided to give it a go. I had the same doubts as you did going in (that it would have an odd taste or texture), but it was fan to the tastic. It’s simple. It’s easy. It gives your salad an extra boost of protein.
Moral of the story is, this salad dressing is light years ahead of other salad dressings, and you should go whip it up right now. Seriously. Go! Of course, you’ll need to get yourself some Naked Rice protein to make it top notch, so be sure to check them out over here. Their blog is also filled with other ways to use brown rice protein. Since it’s flavorless you can sneak it in all kinds of places.
Ok, is it recipe time? I think so!
- 1/4 cup brown rice protein powder
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. flavorless oil (grapeseed, canola)
- 1-2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Drizzle on top of salad and enjoy!
- Store extras in the fridge (you'll have to shake it up before each use).
What’s your favorite salad dressing?
Have you ever tried brown rice protein?
This post is linked up with Meatless Mondays.