This Citrus Red Wine Vinaigrette is an incredibly refreshing salad dressing that can be made in just 5-minutes. Healthy, naturally sweet and plant-based, it’s perfect for so many recipes.
Red wine vinegar is a staple in my pantry and makes a more than regular appearance in my salad dressings. It occurred to me when I was making this vinaigrette that I never really stopped to think about what it really is and does it actually have any health benefits?
Vinegar is a liquid that consists of acetic acid and water. Red wine is but one of many different types of vinegars we can find. Red wine is left to ferment until it becomes sour. The intensity of its flavour is dependent upon how long it is aged for. Obviously, the longer it is aged, the more robust it is and the less full on its taste.
From a nutrition perspective, it’s a popular condiment because it has no fat, zero carbs and has some vitamin C. It also contains traces of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
From a salad dressing perspective, it makes a whole lot of sense to add vinegar to allow for a truly intense flavour and to help enhance a salad. It’s all about balance!
Citrus Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients
Red wine vinegar: Add a good splash of good quality red wine vinegar for a tart and intense flavour. Never hurts to invest in a well aged red wine vinegar if you’re a salad lover. It will never go to waste.
Orange: Squeeze some fresh orange juice into the dressing for those lovely citrus notes.
Olive oil: Can’t have a vinaigrette without olive oil!
Salt and pepper: Sprinkle and/or crack some in the dressing for seasoning.
Citrus Red Wine Vinaigrette Method
A light citrus vinaigrette using orange and red wine vinegar to create a balance between all the flavours.
Place all ingredients, olive oil, red wine vinegar and orange juice in a jar. Shake well and taste. Add salt and pepper to red wine vinaigrette according to taste.
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Citrus Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Place all ingredients, olive oil, red wine vinegar and orange juice in a jar.
- Shake well and taste.
- Add salt and pepper according to taste.
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