I love it when recipes come together out of thin air, based on necessity and what ingredients I have on hand. This is one of those recipes.
I inherited about six mandarin oranges from my pal Kate. She had purchased a crate for an event and had extras that she just wasn’t going to finish. Being the good friend (and business partner) that I am, I took a few home.
The next day I was attending a potluck for Health Professionals that had been arranged through the Rock It! Community, and needed something healthy and delicious to bring.
Turns out I didn’t actually think about what I was going to make, and I didn’t have enough time to hit up the grocery store before getting there. I was just going to have to make due with something I had in the house.
Nothing like a little panic to get the creative wheels a-churnin’.
I did a quick assessment of what we had in the house and exactly how much time I had to make it.
My initial thought: banana bread. I had copious amounts of bananas in the house due to a certain someone buying a massive bunch and forgetting to take it with him when he left town for the weekend. What I didn’t have was the time necessary to make it.
Second thought: what can I do with all of these oranges?!
A quick search on Google, and an even quicker scan through the refrigerator, and the need to make an orange vinaigrette was born.
I have to admit, I felt a little guilty bringing something so simple and delicious to the Potluck when others had potentially slaved over their meals for hours. Kind of felt like I was cheating.
The verdict from the group: an overwhelming hit. Everyone loved it. More than half went back for seconds (myself included). And all thought it was light and refreshing.
Do yourself a favor and bring this to your next picnic, potluck, or dinner party. It looks and tastes complicated and fancy, making you the only person who knows how ridiculously easy it is to make.
Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette
- juice from 2 mandarin oranges approx 1/3 cup
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl or jar.
Mix or shake to combine.
Serve atop your favorite salad. Would also be a delicious marinade for chicken, fish, tempeh, or beef.
Allergen InformationNightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Corn Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free.