Tomato Juice Dressing and Vinaigrette Recipes

Tomato Juice Dressing and Vinaigrette 3 Ways

You may remember earlier in the year when I teamed up with award winning Natalie’s Orchid Island Company to create a new recipe using one of their amazing juices. This time using their newest squeezed fresh juice – tomato! And we’re making Tomato Juice Dressing and Vinaigrette 3 Ways. That’s three delicious, refreshing, flavor ways to perk up your salad.

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Fresh Tomato
I am a big fan of Natalie’s for so many reasons, not the least of which that the company is a owned by women! One of the things I love most is how fresh and delicious the juices are. They are squeezed fresh from locally sourced produce and flash pasteurized to maintain flavor, quality, and nutrition. Of course, drinking tomato juice has a lot of health benefits because it is rich in lycopene and other antioxidants. Natalie’s tomato juice is just tomatoes. No artificial flavors. No salt. No GMOs.

Natalie's Tomato Juice Info
I know it’s December, and freezing cold in my neck of the woods, and summer is a bit of a memory at this point, but a glass of this tomato juice brings those memories screaming back. Summer in a glass. And honestly, I’ll take any summer vibes I can get! More than that, this juice tastes like the sweetest, freshest, juiciest ripe tomato right off the vine. When I had a garden of my own a few years back, I would juice or puree our fresh garden tomatoes all the time, and this squeezed fresh tomato juice from Natalie’s tastes just as fresh and delicious.

Fresh Squeezed Tomato Juice

 

Natalie's Orchid Island Fresh Tomato Juice

The thing that makes this tomato juice different from other kinds you can buy is that it is squeezed fresh and flash pasteurized, not canned or bottled to give it a cooked taste.

Fresh Tomato Juice

I sat down to brainstorm different recipe ideas that wouldn’t compromise the fresh flavor of the tomato juice. The idea of tomato juice dressing or vinaigrette came to me and I knew that was  what I wanted to do. So, here we are. I came up with three variations that are equally tasty, flavorful, and unique. Three is better than one, right?

Fresh Tomato Juice Dressing Recipes
From left to right: Tomato Basil Vinaigrette, Cumin-Lime Tomato Vinaigrette, and Creamy Dill Tomato Dressing.

Fresh Tomato Vinaigrette with Basil
The Tomato Basil Vinaigrette is fantastic drizzled over a Mediterranean or Greek-style green salad. The one picture above has wild arugula, grilled marinated artichoke hearts, chickpeas, cucumber slices, fresh tomato slices, Kalamata olives, and crumbled goat cheese. Hold me.

Mexican Tomato Vinaigrette
I wanted to definitely create a variation with the flavors I love from Mexican cuisine. I am an avid fan cumin. I added ground cumin, along with fresh lime juice to create this Cumin-Lime Tomato Vinaigrette. It was so, so good on top of a Southwest-style salad of baby spinach, corn, black beans, avocado, diced cooked chicken, crumbled queso fresco, sliced tomato, and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro. I could eat this salad every single day.

Creamy Tomato Dressing with Dill
My favorite of the three (it was hard to choose!) is the last one  – Creamy Dill Tomato. I made a variation on homemade Ranch dressing that includes mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk with a bit of fresh lemon juice, fresh minced dill, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. This salad has baby lettuce leaves, (gluten-free) croutons, sliced cucumber and tomato, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a few more sprigs of fresh dill. Incredible. The tomato juice makes the dressing light pink in color and tastes like fresh tomatoes drizzled with Ranch. (I used to so not be a Ranch fan until I started making it from scratch!) Bonus: my kids loved it too.

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice
Natalie’s is available in the U.S. and Internationally. By the way, Orange Beet is another new flavor and it is outstanding, just like the other flavors. Seriously these are the BEST juices we’ve ever tasted. EVER. To keep up with Natalie’s follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. #DrinkNatalies

Tomato Juice

Fresh Tomato Juice Dressing 3 Ways

Creamy Dill Tomato Dressing
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Natalie’s Tomato Juice
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh dill
Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions:
In a bowl, whisk together the tomato juice, buttermilk, mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, and dill. Season well with sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Transfer to a jar with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups.

Notes: For a thicker dressing, use 1/2 cup sour cream and omit the buttermilk.

Serving suggestion: Basic Green Salad with lettuce or any choice of greens, sliced vegetables, sliced tomatoes, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and croutons.

Tomato Basil Vinaigrette
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Natalie’s Tomato Juice
1/4 cup vinegar (red wine, balsamic)
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
Pinch sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper
Pinch sugar or honey
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon freshly minced basil

Instructions:
Place tomato juice, vinegar, mustard, pinch of sea salt, black pepper, and sugar in a jar with tight-fitting lid. Shake well to dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the olive oil. Shake the jar vigorously. Add the basil and shake again. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Mediterranean Salad with arugula or baby lettuce, chickpeas, sliced cucumber, marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sliced tomato, and crumbled fresh goat cheese or feta.

Yields: about 1 1/4 cups.

Cumin-Lime Tomato Vinaigrette
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Natalie’s Tomato Juice
4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (about 2 large limes)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch cayenne pepper
sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper

Instructions:
Place tomato juice, lime juice, and spices in a jar with tight-fitting lid. Shake well to dissolve the salt. Add the olive oil and shake vigorously until well-combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed, according to preference. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Southwest-Style Salad with leafy greens, corn, black beans, queso fresco or cheddar, diced cooked chicken, sliced tomato, avocado, and fresh cilantro.

Three tomato dressings and vinaigrettes
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice as part of an on-going partnership. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I only work with brands I truly LOVE and recommend.

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