Try a new salad dressing for the new year! This Roasted Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing has the fragrant aroma of roasted ginger and the tanginess of vinegar for a balanced homemade dressing!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
So, I’m three weeks into my four-week Paleo challenge, and while the team has whittled down to 5 ladies, I believe the competition for the prize money is going to be tight!
Everyone is working hard and sacrificing treats for money, and the biggest prize of all, healthier bodies! I am so proud of them!
I have posted some “Paleo” friendly recipes already (Cauliflower Rice, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Avocado Deviled Eggs,) but wanted to add a few more, this being one since it is a lunchtime staple of mine!
WHY ROASTED GINGER VINAIGRETTE?
The ginger in the dressing is mellowed from the roasting process, and the sweetness comes out much like roasted garlic.
Usually, I have an aversion to such a strong taste, but knowing that ginger is so good for your digestive system I had to find a way to work it into my diet more often. Roasting the ginger is definitely the way to go!
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HOW TO MAKE ROASTED GINGER SALAD DRESSING
My one tip for making a successful vinaigrette dressing is to start with a fat or emulsifier and an acid. My go-to acid starter combination is dijon mustard and balsamic vinaigrette.
Once I add those two starters to the dressing container, I add some honey, a little lemon juice, crushed garlic (or ginger in this case,) and a shot of hot sauce. If you are going to add herbs or salt and pepper, now is the time!
Mix this “acidic” part of the dressing and then do a quick taste.
It will be tart and strong but you just want to see what the flavors are like and if they are on the right track. After the acidic is completely mixed you can add the oil. Shake vigorously as the old “water and oil don’t mix” adage is in play here.
I love to use a mason jar for making dressings because they are reusable and come in various sizes, plus I have a ton of them on hand, or I use this dressing container to store the dressing in the fridge.
Both are dishwasher safe and so easy to use!
Roast up your leftover fresh ginger and get this Roasted Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing in your lunchbox STAT!
EASY SALAD RECIPE
If you are looking for a great salad to dress with this Roasted Ginger Vinaigrette toss these items in a bowl and start pouring!
- 1 Chicken Breast, cooked and skin and bones removed
- 1/2 Roasted Beet
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/4 cup Almonds, toasted
- 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup Salad Greens of choice
MORE EASY TAPAS RECIPES
- balsamic vinaigrette
- sweet potato salad
- hawaiian meatballs
- greek dipping oil
- cilantro ginger cream sauce
- wasabi ginger cheese ball
- 1 knuckle of ginger (about 1 inch in length, roasted, peeled, and minced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced fresh or jarred equivalent)
- 6 tablespoons stone ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- dash of Tabasco (or other hot sauce)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Roast the ginger root
- Roast whole, unpeeled ginger root in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or until very fragrant.
- Cool and break off a knuckle approximately 1 inch in length.
- Store the remainder in the crisper drawer for another use.
- Peel the ginger root and then mince or grate the knuckle.
Mix the dressing
- Mix all dressing ingredients, excluding the olive oil, in a mixing bowl or storage container.
- Once mixed, taste and make sure that the seasonings are to your liking, and adjust accordingly.
- It will taste strong, but the oil balances that out.
- Add the olive oil and shake well to combine.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks!
*You can keep the rest of the roasted ginger in the refrigerator until you need it for another recipe, like a chicken marinade!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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