Recently Nakano sent me a bottle of their seasoned red wine vinegar to try. When I read the ingredients list, I was a little surprised to see that it contained high fructose corn syrup as well as brown sugar. These are generally ingredients I avoid in savory foods. But, it prompted me to go check the label on the Nakano rice vinegar in my fridge. Lo and behold! It had sweeteners, too. Who knew? I love the dressings I make with that vinegar, so it made me open to give it a shot.
In fact, I noticed that the ingredients list included forms of all the ingredients I put in ChiChi’s Italian Dressing, except for the oil, of course. I reasoned that the seasoned vinegar combined with an equal part of oil would make for a pretty close equivalent.
This is one of our very favorite salads! My seasoning reasoning fell a little short as the dressing was sweeter than we like it to be. I compared the acidity of both bottles and found that Nakano’s was 4% compared to our house brand vinegar was 5%. I think that would explain for the lessened zip in the flavor of the dressing.
That said, I think that you would enjoy this easy and quick oil and vinegar dressing if you prefer a dressing with a little extra sweetness.
This week one Good Cheap Eats reader will win a Nakano Seasoned Vinegar Prize Pack: a $25 giftcard, 1 bottle of seasoned vinegar, and a coupon/recipe booklet.
Visit the NAKANO website and come back and tell us your favorite Splash tip. (Click on a bottle and see what strikes your fancy.)
Giveaway will be open until Sunday, August 15th, at 8 pm, PST. Winner to be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours of the email’s sent time or I reserve the right to choose a backup winner.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: cnelson2093
— Disclosure: Nakano provided me with a gift card and a free bottle of seasoned vinegar for time spent writing and administering this giveaway. I was not compensated to publish positive comments. For more information, visit my disclosure policy.