Secret Ingredient Red Wine Vinaigrette Recipe: You Won't Believe the Ingredient List by Jan Mostrom

Secret Ingredient Red Wine Vinaigrette Recipe: You Won't Believe the Ingredient List

I have to admit when I first saw the ingredients in this red wine vinegar salad dressing recipe I was a bit skeptical. Then I made the interesting vinaigrette and wow, I'm totally sold. We topped an amazing roasted cauliflower spinach and halloumi salad with this homemade salad dressing and it is now one of our favorite meals. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

This red wine vinaigrette recipe has an interesting ingredient list: shallot, raisins, preserved lemon, red wine vinegar, olive oil and honey. Yes, you read right! The minced shallot, raisins (regular or golden), preserved lemon (here's how to make homemade preserved lemons), red wine vinegar, olive oil and honey are stirred or shaken together. Season with salt and black pepper and it's ready to roll.

The secret ingredient? Well, there's two actually: salty and tart preserved lemon and sweet raisins. Enjoy this tasty, flavorful homemade salad dressing on your favorite salads or as a sauce on grilled fish, meat or vegetables.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 large preserved lemon skin, very thinly sliced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a container with a lid. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Shake to combine.

Photos courtesy of Jan Mostrom.

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Donna John
Love interesting recipes like this! Jan Mostrom
Elisa Schmitz
I'm a fan of the sweet and savory, like lemon and honey. So I can see how the raisins would add something special here. Excited to try it, Jan Mostrom !
Hmmmm, I’m skeptical too. Willing to try anything though.
Jan Mostrom
bepositive I can't wait to hear what you think! I'm totally sold now! Especially on the halloumi salad I'm soon to post! Thanks for all your kind comments!

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