For us, there are two types of dressing.
First, you’ve got your thick, creamy, and decadent dressings, such as a roasted garlic aioli or the ever-popular ranch dressing.
Second, you’ve got your light and refreshing vinaigrettes.
This quick and delicious dressing falls under the second category!
You can create this yummy champagne vinaigrette dressing that will pair well with salads or appetizers.
Got a big barbecue coming up and you want a crunchy, light, and tangy salad that will make everyone beg for seconds?
Make this Asian slaw, but instead of using the Asian dressing, swap it out with a champagne vinaigrette dressing!
Let’s get a-makin’!
The short answer is, no, champagne vinaigrette does NOT contain any alcohol.
The name “champagne vinaigrette” is a marketing ploy because the base ingredient, champagne vinegar, comes from the Champagne region in France.
What are the ingredients in champagne vinaigrette?
The ingredients in a champagne vinaigrette are cheap and easy to find.
In fact, we’re betting that you already have most of them in your pantry or fridge!
If you don’t have them yet, they’re readily available in any supermarket.
For a champagne vinaigrette, you’ll need extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, and fresh lemon juice.
You’ll also need shallots, and of course, a high-quality champagne vinegar.
How do I store champagne vinaigrette?
After making the champagne vinaigrette, you can store it in placing it in a glass container for up to a week in the fridge.
You can use Mason jars with lids [link in doc]if you prefer, but we personally love using salad dressing bottles because they’re easy to use AND they’re so pretty!
How do I store champagne vinaigrette?
Make sure that you store the vinaigrette in the fridge so that it can last up to seven days.
Even if there’s a lot of acid in the recipe, it can still turn rancid quickly if you live somewhere hot and humid.
What is champagne vinegar?
Champagne vinegar is a type of dry white wine vinegar that’s made from the same grapes that are used to produce Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and yes, Champagne!
The liquid is fermented to produce the floral and tangy flavor.
During the fermentation process, bacteria will eat the sugars and produce acetic acid.
After the fermentation process, there will be less than 2% alcohol that will remain, so you won’t need to worry about it!
Our CookingChew Cooking Tip:
This recipe calls for using shallots, and we know that shallots are be quite expensive and/or hard to find in some places!
If you are having trouble sourcing shallots, you can use shallot substitutes.
The important thing is that you still get that onion-y flavor because it goes so well with this particular dressing recipe.
Tangy and Delicious Champagne Vinaigrette
If you love making your own dressings from scratch, then this is one recipe that you should learn.
You can whip up this dressing in less than 5 minutes and it’ll be ready to pair with your favorite salad or appetizer.
The tangy and light flavor will brighten up any dish you use it on!
- 3 T. champagne vinegar
- 1 T. fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small shallot
- 1 T. Dijon mustard
- 1 T. honey
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Peel shallot and finely dice. Set aside.
- In a non-reactive bowl, combine champagne vinegar, lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, shallot, Dijon mustard, and honey.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Whisk ingredients thoroughly until well combined.
- Transfer into serving vessel and use immediately, or store in fridge until needed.
Can I Use This For Anything Else Other Than Salads?
Yes, you can!
You can use it as a dressing for appetizers or even entrees!
Try it as a replacement dressing on this delicious chicken caprese recipe.
Add Some Spice or Citrus
If you want to tweak this yummy champagne vinaigrette dressing a little, add some orange or lemon zest and some chili flakes.
Yes, we know that we said that it will last up to a week in the fridge, but we’ll be surprised if it lasts that long!
This tangy and bright dressing might just become your new favorite.