Fresh ginger, the zest of half an orange, and honey make this the best Orange Ginger Vinaigrette ever. Yes, I said it, the best ever! The flavors come to gather beautifully, adding just a little bite from the fresh ginger which pairs well with the sweetness of the honey. This vinaigrette was made for a nutty fruity salad but it’s just delicious with other salad ingredients, such as a shrimp and pasta salad.
Making your own vinaigrette is easier than you may think. You control the flavors. You are assured of what ingredients are in the vinaigrette. And most of all, you made And that’s why I love to make my own fresh vinaigrette. Besides, every time I buy a shelf vinaigrette it seems to die somewhere in the back of the fridge and then to the garbage when it’s old.
This orange ginger vinaigrette is easily whisked together. You don’t really need to break out a blender.
Yields: about 1 cup
1/3 cup orange juice
Juice from 1/2 orange
Grated orange from 1/2 orange
1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated or 1-2 teaspoons dry ginger
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk together the first six ingredients, blending it well. Then continue to whisk while drizzling in the olive oil. Chill the vinaigrette for at least 1-2 hours. However, for flavors to best come together, make it the day before needed.
The classic guide for a vinaigrett is three parts olive oil and one part vinegar or some other acidic ingredient. But that’s just a guide. Make the vinaigrette according to your preferred taste. I like to whisk together the focal flavors first, tasting as I progress with the mix. Then I drizzle in olive oil about half of it first, stop and taste and then add remaining olive oil if I wish.
When making a vinaigrette, I prefer extra virgin oil. It’s made from pure olives in what’s called a “cold press” method, no heat is involved. The flavor is peppery with a slightly fruity aroma and great for dishes that do not require cooking, such as a bread dip, etc. Regular olive oil is a blend, has a higher smoking point, and is cheaper. I use regular olive oil for cooking.
Get the recipe Nutty Fruity orange salad made just for this orange ginger vinaigrette.