Beer Vinaigrette

Making a good vinaigrette is something that all home chefs should know how to do. It’s the perfect way to make any simple, thrown-together salad personal and professional, and it doesn’t take much effort on your part.

Vinaigrettes are incredibly simple and easy to make. Combine a little olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and a splash of lemon juice and you have yourself a delicious salad dressing.

But what if you want to kick things up a notch?

One of the great things about vinaigrettes is that they can be made in so many different ways and with such a range of ingredients. Maple syrup, orange juice, mustard, apple cider, and so much more can be used to make delicious vinaigrettes, but there’s one ingredient in particular that seems to interest people the most.

Beer!
Beer Vinaigrette Recipe
When you look at a can of beer, you probably don’t think about ‘fancy-living’ and healthy salads. That’s why not a lot of people know that beer actually goes great in salad dressing.

Below are 3 beer vinaigrette recipes that you can experiment with until you find one that suits you the best. Remember that cooking is all about being creative and discovering new flavors. So, don’t feel limited by these recipes. You can follow them word for word or merely use them as inspiration for your own beer vinaigrette recipe.

Recipe 1 - Dijon Mustard Beer Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup FRIO beer
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1 - In a bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, shallot, honey, and beer. Then, steadily pour in the olive oil while whisking, and finally add in the salt and pepper. Taste to make sure it’s perfect, then serve.

Recipe 2 - Lemon and Thyme Beer Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
  • 3 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup FRIO beer
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1 - In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, honey, thyme, garlic, and beer. Then, steadily pour in the olive oil while whisking, and finally add in the salt and pepper. Taste it to make any last minute tweaks, then serve.

Recipe 3 - Orange and Poppy Seed Beer Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon basil, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon mint, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup FRIO beer
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1 - In a bowl, whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, basil, mint, and beer. Then, steadily pour in the olive oil while whisking, and finally add in the poppy seeds, salt, and pepper. Finally, taste it for seasoning, then serve.

Those are three simple but flavorful beer vinaigrette recipes that you can try out for yourself. Put them over all kinds of green salads for an extra kick of flavor.

A good vinaigrette is the perfect thing for a refreshing summer salad, and a great way to incorporate beer into something on the ‘fancier’ side of the tracks.
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