A Giveaway from Nakano Seasoned Vinegars

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I love to make my own salad dressings. Whether it is Yogurt-Dill or ChiChi’s Italian, homemade dressings have a big place on our family’s table. And as such, I go through a lot of vinegar.

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.

To Enter

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.

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  1. Sheila Bailey says:

    The basil and oregano has me intrigued!

  2. The Roasted Garlic sounds wonderful! I would love to try adding some to my pasta salad.

  3. I have their Rice Vinegar in my cabinet. I’ve never seen the Basil & Oregano flavor; I’m going to watch for it though as I think it sounds good, especially on freshly sliced tomatoes.

  4. Carolyn Pendley says:

    I love a bit of a kick – the red pepper seasoned vinegar is tempting – I especially liked their idea of sprinkling it on cooked fish.

  5. I didn’t realize they had flavors now. I have their regular rice wine vinegar in my cabinet. I love everything garlic, so I’d have to choose the garlic infused vinegar.

  6. I like the Basil & Oregano sounds good.

  7. Amanda Y. says:

    I think I’d like garlic-infused, but the red pepper sounds intriguing, as I like almost everything spicy, but never tried spicy salad dressing, will have to try!

  8. Splash tip:

    You can stir into cream sauces the Basil & Oregano Seasoned Rice Vinegar.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  9. I think I would like to try the Balsamic Blend. It sounds good as a chicken or vegetable glaze.

  10. I like the idea of Basil & Oregano as a dressing for three bean salad. I’m also interested in trying the Italian Herb in spaghetti sauce.

  11. Mary Jenkins says:

    The roasted garlic can be mixed into baked beans. Sounds good to me!

  12. Balsamic or garlic would be yummy

  13. Best tip I saw is stirring the roasted garlic vinegar into wasabi. Look out, sushi!

  14. Roasted Garlic- For a quick lunch salad, toss with leftover pasta or rice, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and toasted almonds.

    Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win. I love Nakano products

  15. I hadn’t thought to put vinegar on tomato or avocado and eating straight — sounds yummy!

  16. This is an idea I can use! It’s for the Roasted Garlic Flavor- “For a quick lunch salad, toss with leftover pasta or rice, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and toasted almonds.” I bet it would work with many flavors too.

    I almost always have these ingredients in my fridge- we use the rice wine vinegar frequently. I’ll look for the other flavors. Yay for a more exciting lunch plan!

  17. I like the splash tip about using it for a BBQ sauce base! yum!

  18. I think the Balsamic Blend looks yummy! I’ve tried a balsamic glaze on grilled chicken before, and it’s great. But I’ve never tried it on grilled vegetables before, as they suggest — doesn’t that sound good, too??

  19. I didn’t know Nakano Vinegar came in so many different flavors. I want to try the “splash” tip of adding Roasted Garlic vinegar to baked beans—sounds yummy!!

  20. I like the tip to put the seasoned rice vinegar on a split avocado and eat with a spoon. Sounds delicious.

  21. Basil & Oregano just purchased this morning. i like that you can just sprinkle on your salads as a light dressing.

  22. My favorite tip: “Combine with ground cumin and chopped cilantro to marinate cooked prawns for a delicious appetizer.” I’m going to try this tonight!

  23. The Balsamic Blend sounds delicious! I love balsamic vinegar.

  24. basil and oregano, added to creamy sauces, sounds exciting!

  25. Jessie C. says:

    Stir into mayonnaise and Dijon mustard for a lively sandwich spread. This sounds great!

  26. Valerie S says:

    Lately, I’ve been adding it to my already dressed salad. I’ve been using a sesame seed dressing, but it’s high in calories. So I use a little bit of the dressing and then splash on seasoned rice vinegar for added flavor. It tastes so good!

  27. I would have to say that the roasted garlic has the most appeal to me, my husband and I love garlic! It would taste marvelous in a pasta salad I think. 🙂

  28. I am addicted to their seasoned rice vinegar. I use it on fresh veggies, and in so many dishes. After staying in Japan for several weeks, I make and eat many different foods. If anyone makes home made Sushi, then you know how good this vinegar is in rice and fish. Also, when I make Kim-Chee, I always add a hefty splash of the seasoned rice vinegar to it while mixing it in a huge tub. I am a HUGE fan of Nakano!!! 😀

  29. Kristy Bartlett says:

    I use their Rice Vinegar or Natural Rice Vinegar all the time! Love them! When we lived in Orange County CA I could get their vinegar cheaper on sale than the house brand – seriously. Not sure up here in Washington though as no one doubles coupons! (And no Henry’s! No CVS! so tragic – but the CSA we found makes up for it)

    Any how, getting back on track, the tip I liked the best was:
    Brush over thick-sliced red onions and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry until slightly browned and softened. Serve with grilled meats or chicken.

    I do this usually with red onions, especially to go on burgers, but never thought of adding vinegar for extra zip!

  30. AllieZirkle says:

    I would have never thought to use seasoned rice vinegar with avocado. I love Nakano and would LOVE to win this prize. YAY!!

  31. I was not familiar with the Nakano brand. I will definitely try the Oregano and Basil Blend.

  32. I have never tried this before, the red pepper flavor looks great, and I have to admit that using it with marinades to spice things up a bit would be a hit in my house!

  33. Wow, they all sound good! The garlic was the first I clicked on, I could think of tons of uses for that! The red pepper and balsamic look awesome too! I love vinegars! Great giveaway, thanks!

  34. Robin Greear says:

    Basil and Oregano and a 3 bean salad…yummmmmm..I think I am going to make that for my Labor Day picnic

  35. The Roasted Garlic sounds very good.

  36. I love balsamic so I would have to try that kind.


  37. Deanna G. says:

    I like the “Use as a tangy base for tomato-based barbecue sauces.” tip!

  38. The basil and oregano sounds great. I am making herb seasoned vinegar for the first time. I used 5% white vinegar, and some dried herbs from our garden. They need to “marinate” for a few weeks. Hoping the results are good, may make a nice Christmas gift.

  39. red pepper sounds great!

  40. meeyeehere says:

    The balsamic sounds tasty!!

  41. Sprinkle on grilled or broiled fish.

  42. Alena Gordover says:

    the basil rice vinegar sounds good. i always use too much olive oil in salads so this might help me cut down.

  43. Christina says:

    The Roasted Garlic sounds good to me. I always have Rice Vinegar on hand, but I did not realize they had other flavors.

  44. Katherine C. says:

    The Red Pepper flavor is something that I think my hubby would enjoy. He is always trying to spice things up. This would add another level of flavor.

  45. I like the tip to brush the balsalmic vinegar on roasted veggies…mmmm…they didn’t mention it, but my favorite use of the garlic flavored is as a marinade for steak. I have some marinating now with hot sauce for fajitas later!

  46. red pepper, or maybe roasted garlic. hard to choose . . .