If you're looking for a bright, tangy dressing to add some zing to your salads, look no further than this citrus and balsamic vinaigrette. It's a simple, versatile recipe that combines the sweet, tart flavor of citrus with the rich, tangy taste of balsamic vinegar. Here's how to make it:
1/4 cup Spark Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking continuously, until the dressing is smooth and emulsified.
Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt or pepper if desired.
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
This citrus and balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for salads featuring bitter greens like arugula, endive, or radicchio. It also pairs well with fruits like sliced strawberries, oranges, or grapefruit, and nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts. Try it drizzled over a salad of mixed greens with avocado, grapefruit segments, and roasted almonds for a refreshing and satisfying lunch.
This dressing also makes a great marinade for grilled chicken, fish, or tofu. Simply marinate your protein of choice in the vinaigrette for at least an hour (or overnight), then grill, bake, or sauté as desired.
Give this citrus and balsamic vinaigrette a try and see how it can brighten up your salads and meals with its delicious flavor!