You will find it hard pressed to pick someone who does not love to taste yummy dishes. While cooking yummy dishes may not be difficult owing to proliferation of restaurants, fast food chains and numerous cookery books, it is often the condiments that make the difference. You can prepare a great and yummy salad with choicest vegetables, fruits and meat. However, it may taste bland or less mouthwatering if you do not use proper sauces or dressing! Vinaigrettes are often used as condiments with various fruits and vegetable salads, as it is.
What Vinaigrettes Are
It can be described as a special culinary sauce in which the main ingredients are vinegar and oil. There are seasonings like herbs, spice and salt. In general, ¾ of oil is mixed to 1/4th of vinegar to make vinaigrette. They can be made with various food acids, like oranges.
How To Make Orange Vinaigrette
You can experiment a lot with flavour and aroma when it comes to making Vinaigrettes with oranges. There are various types of oranges you can use. Using Seville oranges adds a level of bitterness while adding blood oranges make it tart. It is advisable that you use Orange vinaigrette on the same day it has been prepared.
What You Will Require
To make standard orange vinaigrette you will require the following ingredients:
- Kosher salt
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Shallots and garlic
You may also use Vinegar and Fresh herbs, but those are not mandatory ingredients.
How To Make
- At first, you will have to squeeze the oranges to get the juice. Strain the juice with the fine-mesh sieve and cheesecloth. Then, pour the juice in mixing bowl or a blender. This will comprise of ¼th of the vinaigrette.
- Next, add thrice the amount of oil to the orange juice. The oil used can have an effect on the end product and so pick with caution. A lot of people opt for standard salad oil. However, if you do not have that, it makes sense to opt for oil that lacks a strong flavour. Examples are sunflower or canola oil. For getting a strong flavour in the vinaigrette, use basil or walnut oil. You may also try Extra-virgin olive oil for this purpose.
- At this point, add a small amount of Dijon mustard to the mixture. It acts as a good emulsifier and aid the vinaigrette ingredients bond. Its taste also adds a punch to the natural sweetness of orange juice. You will need to mix all ingredients well for some time and taste it.
- Adding vinegar to the vinaigrette is optional. Some people think using orange juice itself brings in the sourness. However, when sweet oranges are used, a little vinegar helps in countering the sweetness. You can pick from plain or flavoured vinegar. Using cider vinegar adds a fruity taste to the orange vinaigrette. On the contrary, using balsamic vinegar brings in complexity and a rich flavour. However, it goes really well with sour oranges.
- You may also use some secondary flavouring ingredients. Some people use pungent agents such as minced garlic and shallots. These can lend the vinaigrette an exotic and aromatic flavour. You can think of, using these ingredients when you make a special salad with exquisite fruits and produce.
- When you are satisfied with the taste and flavour of the Orange vinaigrette it is time to store it. You may store it in a glass bottle or jar and refrigerate it till you need the mixture for use. You should stir it a little before using with salads.