Salads are a delightful way to enjoy fresh and healthy ingredients, but sometimes they need a little extra pizzazz to truly tantalize your taste buds. Adding a splash of wine to your salad dressing can elevate the flavors and take your salad to a whole new level of sophistication. In this blog, we present a delicious and easy-to-make wine salad dressing recipe that will impress your guests and make your salads the talk of the town. Let’s get started on this culinary adventure!
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dry red wine (we recommend our Lola Merlot VQA)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, dry red wine, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and honey. Whisk the mixture until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Slowly drizzle the extra virgin olive oil into the bowl while whisking continuously. This emulsifies the dressing, creating a smooth and velvety texture.
- Add the dried oregano and dried basil to the dressing. These aromatic herbs will infuse the dressing with a delightful Mediterranean flavor.
- Season the dressing with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference, ensuring a well-balanced and flavorful dressing.
- Once your wine salad dressing is thoroughly mixed, transfer it to a glass jar or airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving, allowing the flavors to meld together.
Now that you have your tantalizing wine salad dressing, let’s create a delicious salad to pair it with.
Mixed Green Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans
Mixed salad greens (baby spinach, arugula, and lettuce)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup candied pecans (or walnuts)
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Sliced red onion
In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and red onion.
Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese and candied pecans over the salad.
Drizzle the wine salad dressing generously over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients.
Serve immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors in every bite!
With this wine salad dressing recipe, your salads will never be the same again! The marriage of red wine, vinegar, and aromatic herbs creates a dressing that adds a touch of elegance and depth to your favorite greens. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself to a healthy meal, this dressing will transform your salads into gourmet delights. Get creative with your salad ingredients and allow the wine salad dressing to enhance the natural flavors, making your salads a true sensation. Bon appétit!