Gourmet Champagne Salad Dressing with Garlic
This delicious recipe for champagne salad dressing contains hot sauce, lemon, mustard, and garlic for piquancy, as well as honey to soften the flavors and add a wonderful sweetness. The champagne vinegar is really good in this dressing. Champagne vinegar can liven up even a dull salad and you can either drizzle it on by itself, perhaps also adding some extra virgin olive oil to the salad, or make a champagne salad dressing with it.
This type of vinegar is produced using champagne grapes. Pinot Noir or Chardonnay are examples of such grapes. This vinegar is created with the same process used to make apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. Champagne vinegar has a rich champagne taste and also offers a slight hint of vanilla. You can combine champagne vinegar with other vinegars, perhaps something fruity, to make a delicious champagne salad dressing.
You can also stir spices into it, or fresh herbs. Champagne vinegar can be used in chicken marinade recipes. It is good with marinated vegetables or bean salad recipes and it is also nice in marinara or tomato-based spaghetti sauces.
- ¼ cup champagne vinegar
- 1 finely chopped garlic clove
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Whisk the mustard, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and honey together.
- Whisk in the oil gradually, until the dressing is emulsified.
- Another way of making this dressing is to combine everything in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
Gourmet salad dressings like this champagne vinegar dressing are perfect if you want to impress. Serve this with some mixed baby greens and you have yourself an exquisite, elegant salad which is perfect as a side dish. If you add other ingredients to the greens, such as chopped hard-boiled egg, crispy pancetta, blue cheese, and walnuts, you could even serve this as an appetizer. Champagne vinegar is similar to white wine vinegar, and really not that difficult to find. If your local grocery store does not have it, try a gourmet food store because they definitely will.
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