Thursday, February 16, 2012

Make Champagne Vinaigrette... the Napa Valley Way!

This salad dressing is a specialty of California's Wine Country, Napa Valley: Champagne Vinaigrette.

I've always wondered how this stuff was made, and I recently came across a recipe in Woman's World Magazine that I thought was worth sharing.  This type of dressing goes wonderfully with spinach salads:

Spinach Salad with Arugula, Scallops, and Grapefruit
(Photo from Skinny Taste)

Or with zesty vegetable salads:

Mixed Greens with Apricots
(Photo at Delish)

If that doesn't work, try it with orzo and tomatoes:
Orzo, Tomatoes, Parsley with Champagne Vinaigrette
(Photo from Google Images)

And now... for the recipe:
Champagne Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp. Champagne Vinegar (or White Wine Vinegar)
1 Tbsp. Sauvignon Blanc or other Dry White Wine
2 shallots, sliced thin
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Tarragon
1/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper

In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together.  Serve immediately.  If dressing separates, whisk again!  

(Photo from Google Images)

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