Best champagne vinaigrette salad dressing recipe! It's crisp and light, adding a twist of sweet and tart to salads. Our winning ratio for this vinaigrette is 1 part champagne vinegar to 3 parts oil and a dab of Dijon mustard.
A vinaigrette is a basic sauce that is used for marinades, salad dressings, dips, and even poured over pasta to add rich flavor to meals. It is a basic recipe made of oil, and acid such as vinegar or citrus juice, and salt and pepper, although other ingredients can be added to change the flavor such as shallots, mustard, and ginger (to name a few). Citrus is less acidic while red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and champagne vinegar has high acidic levels so less of the ingredient is needed. When making this champagne vinaigrette recipe, we like to work with a 1 to 3 ratio so that the vinegegar is not too overpowering, but brings about robust taste.
What is champagne vinegar? Champagne vinegar is a fruity vinegar commonly made from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The vinegar is made by the same method to making apple cider vinegar, where the grapes are fermented with "the mother" into an alcohol then an acetic acid (vinegar).
Why this champagne vinaigrette salad dressing is the best
This champagne vinaigrette is the absolute best for most salads, and to be used as a marinade for chicken. Champagne vinegar adds a hint of sweet without the sugar since it is burned off during the fermentation process. It is made with 3 simple ingredients and a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Easily make it in a mason jar or use a salad dressing mixing bottle and have it on hand for a few days!
What ingredients goes into this recipe
- champagne vinegar - this is the acid that brings about all the flavor of sweet and acidic
- extra virgin olive oil - use a light olive oil which has excellent heart health benefits and is loaded with antioxidants
- Dijon mustard - this provides the tangy flavor
- salt and pepper - just a dash is all you need as there is already salt in the Dijon mustard
How to make vinaigrette with champagne vinegar
Homemade champagne vinaigrette dressing can be made 3 ways: in a jar with lid, in a salad dressing mixing bottle with a lid, or stirred in a bowl.
Jars are easiest to mix a dressing recipe together as it has a wider mouth to pour in the ingredients (although I make mine straight into a dressing bottle for easy pouring). First, add the champagne vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and a dash of salt and pepper. Next, mix the ingredients together by closing the lid and giving it a good shake.
Storing Salad Dressing
Store champagne vinaigrette dressing in a sealed jar in the refrigerator or use it right away. Homemade salad dressing will last for a few days when it uses fresh produce such as herbs and avocado, and vinaigrette dressings last about a week.
Where to use this homemade vinaigrette
Here are a few of our favorite salads and recipes where this easy champagne vinaigrette works best as an alternative to the dressing in the recipes. It is good on anything with tomatoes, mixed greens, baby arugula, kale, iceburg, or spinach lettuce.
- Chopped Kale Salad
- Spinach Salad
- Arugula Feta Salad
- Arugula Salad with Strawberries
- Pomegranate Salad
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Bowtie Pasta Salad
Frequently Asked Questions
This simple champagne vinaigrette is made of champagne vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper (to taste). In addition, shallots, honey, or lemon juice can also be added but you might want to then adjust the vinegar up or down.
Since champagne vinegar is a fermented food that goes from grapes, to alcohol, to acetic acid, then traces of some alcohol may be left (under 2%).
A good substitute for champagne vinegar is asian rice vinegar, which can be substituted in an equal quantity (¼ cup for ¼ cup).
Its crispy, light, mild, and floral aromas work well for these uses:
1. Salad dressing and homemade vinaigrette
3. Added to scallops and white fish during cooking
5. Sautéing vegetables
5. Roasted vegetables
Enjoy this champagne vinaigrette dressing on all types of vegetables! It is a family favorite go-to recipe, and adds maximum flavor to foods like salad and meat that need a little pizzazz to bring out the best of flavors.
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Best Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe
- Using a mason jar or salad dressing mixing bottle, add the olive oil, champagne vinegar, mustard, and a dash of salt a pepper. Close the lid and shake it to mix all the ingredients together. Use right away or store in the refrigerator.
- This recipe makes about 1 cup or 16 tablespoons.
- Store champagne vinaigrette in a sealed jar in the refrigerator or use it right away. It will last about a week.