orange ale vinaigrette & arugula salad

The same Food & Wine that featured an Umami Burger on the cover, also had a recipe for an Orange and Ale Vinaigrette but it was the Taster’s eye that was caught initially and not mine. I decided it would be perfect to bring to a cookout as my “something healthy” contribution. Sometimes I can be relied on to bring a healthy dish, sometimes I bring something with lots of cheese and sometimes I bring both. It’s all about balance, right? Eating lots of cheese is justified when you eat arugula to go along with it. :)

The salad is bright and I promise the dressing doesn’t taste like beer – everyone was surprised that there was beer in it at all. Peppery arugula + sweet orange + salty feta + tangy vinaigrette = delicious, simple salad.

Orange Ale VinaigretteĀ & Arugula Salad - about 6 servings – adapted from Food & Wine

  • 1 orange
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/3 cup India Pale Ale Beer
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 7 oz arugula (I used a bag)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles

Prepare dressing: Zest orange and add to small bowl. Add shallots, mustard, honey and orange juice. Mix together. Add beer and while whisking, add olive oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut orange segments into small pieces.

Toss arugula with dressing and sprinkle with orange segments and feta cheese.


  1. says

    What a great vinaigrette! So glad you shared it. It will definitely be topping our salads this summer. Who knew you could squeeze in a beer even during the salad course?! I’ve been willing our arugula to get growing in the garden. It is taking way too long! :)

  2. says

    Love beer/ale as a component of food! I’m also an arugula fan, although when I try making this dressing I might mix in some spinach to take down the bitterness, and add sauteed red onions because I love their color/taste with oranges!

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