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Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette

French Inspired Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette Recipe

A Green Tea {Recipe Redux}Recipe Using A French Mother Sauce Vinaigrette

With my fellow Recipe Reduxers we are celebrating this month’s recipe theme with one of the oldest and traditional beverages, none other than tea. But hasn’t tea evolved into a global array of flavors? From chai, to green, to veggie, to detox and herbal teas, the possibilities of tasting new teas from around the world is now at our fingertips.

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge is using tea in a recipe or promoting tea in a new beverage or dish with a twist on the usual. And as always, sticking with the Recipe Redux goals: adapting a recipe with taste and health as top priorities. Why not use tea as an ingredient in a dish? Its health properties are well-known (see next paragraph for more details) and the taste of these leaves can add flavor to a meal that needs just a bit of spice.

For my Recipe Redux that I create, I like to use a French or Italian recipe as the base for the theme. But, (to be honest), French don’t cook with tea, they drink it, especially in the evening before sleeping or after a big meal, such as drinking a tisane to help digest. Still, a basic French mother sauce is made to be adapted with creativity, and that is what I did.


This recipe for a Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette is purely an inspiration from the basic French mother sauce, the vinaigrette.

Health Benefits of Tea

Here are the facts: teas are power-nutrition leaves. They are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and high doses of flavonoids. Purists refer to these teas as either green, black, white, or oolong tea.

Studies point to lower cancer risk, lower heart disease rates, lower neurological problems (such as Parkinson and Alzheimer), less chance of stroke, and increased mental alertness with higher dietary intake of green, black, white or oolong tea. (A great reason to start the day with a cup of strong tea, as my English friends do).

To maximize the health benefits from tea, it is advised to buy less processed and high quality tea. A few dollars more spent on a good tea is worth your investment on your health.

Health Benefits of A French Style Vinaigrette

French vinaigrette is one of five French ‘mother sauces.’ Vinaigrette is not just served as a salad dressing, it can be a complement to steamed vegetables, to a summer-style poached fish or chicken or as a sauce on plain rice. A proper proportion of oils to vinegar in a standard mother sauce vinaigrette is 3:1. This means for every 3 doses of oil, you throw in a dose of vinegar. Back twenty years ago you might be afraid of using so much oils in a salad dressing, but now the message is clear: good fats, such from plant-based sources, contain a plethora of essential health benefits. Vinegar, a fermented product, has its additional nutritional values. Put two and two together and you have a delicious dressing and a power punch of nutrition.

Need more convincing? Read these two articles on health benefits of fat in vinaigrette and adding variation and taste to a typical mother sauce vinaigrette.

How to Make A French Inspired Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette recipe makes about 1 cup of vinaigrette. That is enough for a few large green salads! The French way is to make the vinaigrette and keep it in a bottle to use for the week (but I prefer to use a jar, because of the fresh herbs in the sauce sticking inside the bottle when pouring).

With this recipe, make it a few hours ahead of when you need it, so that the flavors infuse in a glass jar and can be used when you are ready. The vinaigrette can stay for about a week in the fridge, but be sure to take it out to get to room temperature before spreading again on your food.

The ingredients call for using red onion and apple cider vinegar, but don’t let this be a stop for experimenting with other substitutions: use a small shallot and sherry vinegar in place of onion and cider vinegar. And why not use black tea instead of green tea? The options are yours!

Use a good quality tea in this vinaigrette, let it infuse in boiling water for a good 10 minutes. The tea taste adds a smooth flavor (tea is just slightly acidic) and complements a crispy green salad, baked salmon or grilled shrimp.

Ingredients

(To make 1 cup of  Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette)

  • 1/2 cup Boiled Water
  • One Green Tea Bag or 2 teaspoons of loose Green Tea in a tea ball (Needed to make 1/4 cup of Green Tea for Vinaigrette)
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red Onion, minced very finelyFrench inspired tea vinaigretteFrench inspired tea vinaigrette
  • 1 Teaspoon of HoneyFrench inspired tea vinaigrette
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of good quality Dijon MustardFrench inspired tea vinaigrette
  • 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider VinegarFrench inspired tea vinaigrette
  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil French inspired tea vinaigrette
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped Fresh Herbs of Choice, such as Chives, Parsley, or Thyme French inspired tea vinaigrette

Preparation

  1. Boil water for tea infusion
  2. In a tea pot or small bowl pour boiling water over tea bag or tea ball and let tea infuse for about 10 minutes.French inspired tea vinaigrette
  3. After tea has infused and cooled, pour out 1/4 cup of fresh tea from the quantity of tea you have brewed. Save this to add to vinaigrette.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the minced red onion.
  5. Continue adding the rest of the ingredients one by one: the honey, the mustard, the cider vinegar, the olive oil. French inspired tea vinaigrette
  6. Finish with adding the 1/4 cup of tea. Mix well with a whisk or large fork.
  7. Add fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well again. French inspired tea vinaigrette
  8. Taste the vinaigrette and adjust for seasonings.
  9. Allow to sit for at least 3-4 hours before serving, in order to let flavors infuse.

My Lunch Today: Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette Topped on Toasted Pignoli Nuts with Goat Cheese, Pear and Green Leaves

Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette

Inspired on more ways to use tea in dishes? Here are my Recipe Redux dietitian recipes. As always, wishing you Bon Appetit!


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10 Responses to French Inspired Green Tea Honey Vinaigrette Recipe

  1. Cindys Recipes and Writings May 24, 2014 at 04:24 #

    This vinaigrette sounds so good! I love to try it over roasted veggies.

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