Orange Champagne Vinegar

sue_ctOctober 30, 2009

I picked up some Orange Champagne Vinegar at Trader Joes. I don't get there often and I would hate to waste it. Can any of you share your favorite recipes for using this? Just simple oil and vinegar? Has anyone tried other variations to a vinaigrette like adding Dijon mustard? I only bought one bottle so if I experiment too much, the bottle will be gone by the time I find out what works best with it! Its not impossible to get more, but it is about 20-30 minutes away and I usually only go when I need to plan a trip to Whole foods also, since those are about the only places I can find closer.

Do you usually pair it with a salad with dried fruits and nuts like cranberries and almonds? Any other good ways to use it other than salad greens?

Thanks, I can't wait to try it. If I like it and find several ways to use it I could always pick up more than one bottle next time.

Sue

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teresa_nc7

Ummmm....love that stuff! I use it on a salad of green leaf lettuce, drained mandarin oranges, green onions, and toasted slivers of almonds. I add a dash of orange juice and a pinch of sugar to the oil and vinegar dressing along with some salt and pepper.

I reserve this special vinegar just for green and fruit salads. I bet dried cranberries and fresh orange segments would be a good pairing too.

Teresa

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 7:18AM
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eileenlaunonen

Im looking at a bottle I bought at TJ and never used it...glad to see what to do with it!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 9:25AM
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lindac

You could make a vinaigrette using Dijon and some marmalade to beef up the orange flavor....I think it would be good. But I suspect the orange flavor isn't very pronounced....
Champagne vinegar is much more "gentle" than cider vinegar and certainly than white vinegar, I use it fairly regularly for a vinaigrette...or a "toss and dump"....that salad where you toss the leaves with the oil, vinegar salt, pepper and seasonings as you add the seasonings.
Linda c

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 10:50AM
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riverrat1

Love the stuff! I don't have a Trader Joe's near me so Peppi sent me some. I make a salad dressing with it. I eyeball the amounts but the ingredients are.

Orange champagne vinegar, EVOO, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, sometimes a little mustard and a very tiny, tiny bit of Mayo. The mayo helps emulsify the dressing and you don't taste it.

I'm like Teresa, I reserve this vinegar for fruit salads and fresh salad.

I'll have to try the added orange juice. Great idea!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 10:58AM
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annie1992

Yup, I have the same stuff. It is pretty delicate so I save it for salad dressing as has been mentioned by others.

I don't really like plain viniagrette dressings, but they're OK made with the orange champagne vinegar. I usually make the basic viniagrette then stir in some homemade yogurt and make a creamy dressing to have on a salad with beets and mandarin oranges and pecans. As little lettuce as possible, LOL.

Annie

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 11:51AM
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compumom

I've not used this one, but I do have another orange vinegar that I pair with a light EVOO and use on a beet salad with topped with feta and candied pecans on a bed of arugula.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 12:26PM
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sue_ct

Thanks everyone. Using just what I had on hand, I made a salad with mixed baby greens, dried cherries and cranberries, and slivered almonds. I also added a little cubed cheese. For the dressing, 1 T orange champagne vinegar, 3 T Stonehouse tangerine olive oil (Had a small bottle of this I wanted to try anyway), 1 T Orange Juice, a dab of Dijon mustard, about 1/8-1/4 tsp, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. The Dijon did add to it, I tried it before adding it and like it better with the mustard. I did enjoy it, but orange segments were definitely not needed because it was quite "orangey". I wish I had tried it with just the tangerine oil and orange vinegar before adding the OJ. It might not have needed it, or I would have then added it a tsp at a time. I will experiment some more omitting the OJ until last and only if needed. A lot of people on this forum seem to have this vinegar si sine giid variations on dressings to use it on would be nice.

Sue

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 4:33PM
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trixietx

Orange champagne vinegar is on my to look for list when I go shopping and if I can't find it, I bet I can order it online.
I make a salad of mixed greens, toasted almonds, red onions and mandarin oranges. I would like to make the dressing using the orange champagne vinegar instead of white wine vinegar that I usually use. I think it would be so good.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 6:34PM
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sue_ct

Wow, how did that happen? I meant to say having a several variations of dressings to make with it would be nice. It would be nice with an orange salad, definitely. I would go easy on additional orange flavorings if I used it with oranges in the salad, though. JMHO.

Sue

    Bookmark   October 30, 2009 at 9:43PM
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