Sesame Tangerine Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is bursting with sesame flavor.  It is a great compliment to the tangerine juice and the pungency of the vinegar, ginger and garlic.

Sesame-Tangerine-Vinaigrette

 There are just so many great salad fixins at the farmers market right now, it’s out of control.  All I want to eat lately is one salad after another.  This is such a great dressing because you can toss it in a normal salad, on a all vegetable salad, toss it on to steamed veggies, on some noodles, use it as a dipping sauce or even on some rice.  It’s really endless what you can do with it.

Sesame-Tangerine-Dressing

 Whatever you put it on it will go well with of coarse some nice sake preferably a cold one or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a Beaujolais for a red.

Sesame-and-Tangerine-Vinaigrette

Recipe: Approx. 3/4 Cup

  • 1/4 Cup Tangerine Juice – fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice – fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari
  • 1 Clove Garlic – finely minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger Root – grated or microplaned
  • 1 Serrano Pepper (optional) – finely minced

Instructions:

Cut the tangerines and limes in half and squeeze the juice with a lemon squeezer, measure and pour in to a bowl or jar.

Measure the oil, vinegar, soy sauce and add to the citrus.

Add the grated ginger, minced garlic and serrano then add and whisk or shake well.

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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