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Tangerine and Lemon Citrus Salad Dressing Recipe

If you have eaten at a Chili’s recently you might have wondered whether there was a copycat recipe for their delicious citrus salad dressing. This one is very close, if not identical. Although citrus salad dressing recipes tend to vary, this one is always good, and it works well with many different kinds of salad. Balancing the sweetness of juicy tangerines with the tangy bitterness of lemons, the balsamic vinegar ties these flavors together, resulting in a sweet yet slightly piquant fruity salad dressing which is simple to make.

This citrus salad dressing, which is sometimes incorrectly spelt citris salad dressing, would be good over mesclun greens or mixed lettuce leaves. That would make a particularly side dish. If you are serving a very basic salad, you will often want to make a special salad dressing recipe. If you are combining salad ingredients to make a complex salad, the opposite tends to be true, and you will want to make a simple dressing for such a salad. For the following citrus salad dressing recipe, choose ripe tangerines to be assured of their juiciness. Since you are only using the juice to make the salad dressing, it is important that you will get plenty of juice out of the fruit.

Citrus Salad Dressing with Balsamic Vinegar
Summary: What happens when you blend lemon juice, tangerine juice and balsamic vinegar, and reduce it over heat? The result is this incredible dressing which tastes phenomenal.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 10
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  • 5 lemons
  • 7 tangerines
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  1. Cut the tangerines in half though the middle and squeeze out the juice.
  2. Do the same with the lemons.
  3. Combine the tangerine juice and lemon juice with the balsamic vinegar in a small pan.
  4. Stir the mixture over a moderate heat until it reduces.
  5. It is ready when it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Let the citrus salad dressing come to room temperature and then chill it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.
(Makes 2 Cups)

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This citrus balsamic dressing is really good. It is made with the juice from lemons and tangerines, along with balsamic vinegar. This mixture is reduced in a pan over heat until it is rich and thick. As you would expect, this contrasts sweetness with tart flavors for a well-balanced taste. Drizzle it over a mozzarella, tomato and basil salad, or try it with baby spinach and strawberries, perhaps also adding walnuts and goat cheese or blue cheese, as you prefer. This dressing is easy to make, but for the best results do not switch the fresh juice for canned juice because it will not offer the same fresh taste in the finished dressing.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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