Tangerine Champagne Vinaigrette

This is one of my all time favorite salad dressings ever!  It has such a bright, cheerful and refreshing citrus flavor.

Tangerine-Champagne-Vinaigrette

 Recipe:  Approx. 1 2/3 Cups

  • 2/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Tangerine Zest (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Champagne Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Shallots or 1/4 Cup
  • 2 Small Cloves Garlic or 2 Teaspoons
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste
  • Dash Black Pepper

Instructions:

Add 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.

Health Benefits:

Tangerines are a type of mandarin orange. They are a valuable source of flavonoid anti-oxidants 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 fighting 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. Tangerine fruit has been used effectively against skin diseases and arthritis. They also help to absorb iron from food in to the body and contain a good amount of Folate and Potassium.

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