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Ginger Citrus Sprite® Vinaigrette and WIN tickets to NYC Wine & Food Festival

  I love being able to create fun and delicious recipes using unconventional ingredients. I often find that combining simple flavors from ordinary items you have around the house ends up being unexpectedly delicious. It's also fun being able to experiment with combinations of foods that might seem out of the ordinary but work really well together. In a recipe I created last year I combined the sweet and savory flavors of Parmigiano Reggiano and chocolate in a grilled cheese sandwich. You wouldn't believe how well the flavors blended together!

  For today's post, I wanted to create a  light and refreshing vinaigrette that would work great for both fish and chicken when served with a salad as the main course.  A while back, I remember seeing a great recipe using Coca-Cola™ as one of its main ingredients in a balsamic salad dressing. It actually looked really delicious! I thought, why not try the same with its lemon-lime counter part, Sprite®. And so I did. This basic combination of flavors using these simple ingredients created a super salad dressing that is not only easy to make but really delicious. Keep reading and I'll show you exactly what you'll need for this fun and creative recipe. AND, see what we're giving away that will take you to the center of the cooking universe...hint: It's a trip, it's to NYC and there will be tons of food!

  If you are a foodie like me you are going to love this sweepstake And when I say love I mean LOVE! Ok so hold on to your spatulas....ShopRite® is giving away 6 tickets to The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola!!! And, all you need to do is text to win! You literally just Text the keyword SHOPRITE to the short code 26739. Or you can just enter here. You can't get any easier than that. Best of all the winner will have the opportunity to take center stage with celebrity chef Scott Conant at the festival. I know!!!

  To start out we're going to make a simple reduction using Sprite. Making a reduction is super easy. You just simmer until reduced. The amount you reduce it by depends on the liquid and the final result you want to achieve. In this case, you want to end up with approximately 1/3 of the liquid you began with. Once it cools it will thicken to a corn syrup like consistency. 

Use freshly grated ginger or ground ginger. If using ground ginger use approximately 1/4 of the full amount.

Ready Pac salad mixes from Shoprite are so convenient. They come ready to use and are perfect for creating an entree salad.

Ginger Citrus Sprite Vinaigrette

Print Friendly and PDF; align= left;Recipe by: Dean Ludington  
Prep Time: 20 minutes  
Cook Time 10 minutes

     1/2 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
     1/2 C White Wine Vinegar
     1 1/2 C Sprite plus 1/4 C reserved
     2 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
     2 tsp Freshly grated ginger
     1 tsp Orange Zest
     1/8 tsp Sea Salt
     1/8 tsp White Pepper

  1. Simmer 1 1/2 C Sprite over low heat, stirring occasionally, until 1/4 C remains. Set aside to cool and thicken.
  2. Add orange zest and ginger to reduction.
  3. Combine reserved 1/4 C Sprite soda and remaining ingredients. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Allow approximately 1 hour, or overnight, for flavors to combine. 
  4. Use as a dressing or marinate.

I think this dressing is great on a salad with salmon, tuna or chicken.  I even use it as a marinade. Just seal the chicken or fish in a zip lock bag with 1/2 C of the dressing
and let marinate overnight. 
How easy is that!?

Feel free to share your own creative recipes in the comment section below!
Thanks for stopping by and make sure to enter for your trip to

Oh and don't forget to take advantage of Shoprite's current promotion:

Add a 16oz Coca-Cola or 20oz FUZE Fusions® for .50 when you buy a 11.25-11.75 Ready Pac Multi-Serve Salad in a single transaction with your Shoprite PRICE PLUS® Club card between 8/27/17 - 12/31/17

You can find the Ready Pac Multi Serve salads in Shoprite near the bagged mixes towards the club size section in the produce department and also by the deli (where they have prepared foods).

And of course, you know where to find the Coca-Cola and Sprite!!! There's literally an entire aisle dedicated all of the Coke products.

You can enter once per day now through 11:59 p.m. ET, September 16, 2017.
Good luck!!! 
Maybe I'll see you there.

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