Champagne Vinaigrette (No Added Sugar)

This Champagne Vinaigrette is quick and easy to prepare, and is perfect over a variety of salad combinations. I love that it has no added sugar, so it’s Whole30® compliant, and it’s also Vegan and Paleo friendly. All you need is 5 minutes of time to whip it up, and it tastes so much better than a store-bought bottle!

champagne dressing in glass container

This recipe comes from chef Jo Marie of The Mixx. She is sharing this recipe with us today to celebrate that The Mixx is Kansas City’s first local restaurant to have an official Whole30® Approved partnership! (If you’re in KC, the Whole30 Approved menu will be available online, and you can ask for it in restaurants by request. Paleo and Keto menus will also be available, and as always, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are marked on their main menu.)

What is Champagne Vinegar?

Champagne vinegar is a dry white wine vinegar, which tends to be more mild in flavor and acidity compared to other types of vinegar. It’s made with the same grapes used to make Champagne— Chardonnay or Pinot Noir grapes– and can only be made in the Champagne area of France.

Champagne vinegar is thought to be slightly more mild in flavor than other white wine vinegars, making it perfect for cooking, and for salad dressings like this one!

champagne vinaigrette over salad

Does Champagne Vinaigrette Have Alcohol?

During the fermentation process used for making vinegar, bacteria eats up most of the alcohol originally found in wine. As a result, very little alcohol is left in the final product. (The trace ethanol found in vinegar typically comes in at under 2%, which is considered negligible by most standards.)

If that small amount of alcohol is an issue for you, try one of my dressings using lemon juice instead, such as my Lemon Tahini Dressing or Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing.

Can you have Champagne Vinegar on Whole30?

Almost all vinegars are allowed during a Whole30® program, including champagne vinegar. The exception to the rule is malt vinegar, because it is derived from barley, which contains gluten. (And the point of doing a Whole30 is to act as an elimination diet.)

champagne vinaigrette in glass bottle

How to Make Champagne Vinaigrette

Making this dressing is as easy as adding the ingredients to a blender and then pressing a button. I know some recipes require that you add the oil in last, drizzling it in to help the dressing emulsify, but I find that the extra step isn’t necessary. Just add it all to the blender and let it do all of the work for you.

Here’s a quick 1-minute video showing you how easy it is:

 

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champagne vinaigrette in glass bottle
Champagne Vinaigrette (No Added Sugar!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Champagne Vinaigrette is quick & easy to prepare, without using any added sugar. It's perfect for a Whole30 program, and is vegan & Paleo friendly.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: dairy free, gluten-free
Keyword: champagne vinaigrette
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 164 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon (or a tablespoon freshly minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking, then serve it over your favorite salad ingredients.

  2. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week in an airtight container.

Champagne Vinaigrette Nutrition (per 2 tablespoons): Calories: 164, Fat: 18g, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

Recipe Notes:

  • If you don’t have a blender, you can shake all of these ingredients together in a glass jar with a lid. Just make sure you grate or mince the garlic first.
  • If you don’t have champagne vinegar, you can use any other type of vinegar you like for a slightly different flavor.
  • You can swap stone-ground mustard for Dijon, if you prefer.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you make any substitutions, please let me know how that works out for you, too. We can all benefit from hearing about your experience!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite salad dressing? My other two favorites are Apple Cider Vinaigrette and my Honey Balsamic Dressing.

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Comments

Ruth

This is the best dressing! I bought champagne vinegar especially to make this recipe, and it’s such a nice change from the usual vinegars I’ve been using. And much better than a bottled dressing!

isla

Wow! So easy and so good. Best vinaigrette I’ve made.

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