This Tangerine Champagne Vinaigrette is one of my all time favorite salad dressings! It has a bright, cheerful and refreshing citrus flavor that is complemented by the Champagne vinegar.
Approx. 1 2/3 Cups
- 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 2/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Tangerine Zest (optional)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
- Dash Black Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Champagne Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Shallots or 1/4 Cup – minced
- 2 Small Cloves Garlic or 2 Teaspoons – minced
Add the mustard, tangerine juice, zest, salt and pepper to a medium bowl and whisk together.
Next, whisk in the champagne vinegar, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Stir in the garlic and shallots.
Tangerines are a type of mandarin orange. They are a valuable source of flavonoid antioxidants that are several times higher than oranges but have even more vitamin A and iron. The vitamin A in them helps with immune function, vision and reproductive health. As with all citrus, they are still very rich in vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen and helps keeps your skin supple as well as stimulating cell generation in the body. Antioxidants are found in high concentrations in the rind of tangerines, which fight off free radicals keeping the body’s cells healthy while purifying the blood and remove toxins. They contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber that improves digestion and restrict the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which helps cut the risk of obesity and reduce inflammation. The tangerine fruit has been used effectively against skin diseases and arthritis. They also help to absorb iron from food into the body and contain a good amount of Folate and Potassium.