Caper Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
If you love capers, then you will adore this caper vinaigrette salad dressing recipe. It has parsley, white wine vinegar and garlic. Plus it only takes 10 minutes to make! It is perfect for salad Nicoise!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe For Caper Vinaigrette
Hold the bottled dressing my friend. You’ve gone through the trouble of assembling a gorgeous salad niçoise, so why would you want to defile it with that stuff? This homemade salad nicoise dressing is about 6 times more exciting!
It’s loaded with chopped capers, garlic, olive oil and parsley to make it bright green. The flavor of the herb, garlic and capers goes well with the fish and seafood element in the dressing, and will give the whole gorgeous masterpiece a cohesive flavor! You owe it to your salad!
Pairing This Dressing with Seafood in Salad Nicoise
This caper vinaigrette is special in that it is naturally suited for salad nicoise because Salad Niçoise always has seafood of some sort. Seafood historically is paired with certain flavors, capers being one of them. The salty briny taste of the capers helps to mellow any fishy flavors of the tuna.
I often make a Nicoise with canned tuna in the center. Of course, you can go beyond tuna and use all sorts of seafood, including Salmon Nicoise. In fact, I recently made salad nicoise for our house guests topped with grilled halibut and shrimp drizzled with this spectacular dressing.
- Extra-virgin olive oil: Since it’s a salad dressing I would recommend using a high-quality olive oil
- White wine vinegar: You could also use apple cider vinegar
- Capers: The star of the show. Make sure they are in brine, not salt packed.
- Dijon mustard: Use whole-grain mustard if you don’t have Dijon
- Honey: This sweetness balances out the acidity from the vinegar and other ingredients
- Seasonings: Fresh parsley leaves, Garlic cloves,salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make This Dressing with Capers
Puree the parsley, oil, vinegar, garlic, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in a mini prep or blender until the parsley is finely chopped. Stir in the capers. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to three days.
FAQs and Expert Tips
Vinaigrettes can often be left in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature in a warm water bath and shake well before using.
Beyond Nicoise, this vinaigrette pairs best with salads that include bold or briney ingredients, like seafood, feta cheese, olives and grilled meat. It can hold its own against strong greens like radicchio and endive. I think it would also make a nice pairing in the winter with oranges and Treviso.
I also love the idea of having this on sliced sweet summer ripe tomatoes!
Although you don’t technically need honey, I did try it without the honey and thought it was too sour. Just the tiny bit of honey helps to balance it out. If you are sensitive to tart, you can even up it to two teaspoons.
This dressing has quite a lot of oil in it, but the flavors are strong, so make sure to only use 2 tablespoons per serving. A little goes a long way!
Other Salad Dressings To Try
- Don’t miss this Kalamata Olive and Basil Salad Dressing. It’s delicious!
- This Lemon Vinaigrette is one of my go-to dressing recipes.
- Our Apple Cider Vinaigrette is perfect for almost every salad.
- If you like blue cheese, this Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing is for you.
- Browse the full Dressing Collection!
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Happy Cooking! ~KatiePrint
Caper Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 cup 1x
This Caper Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is loaded with bright flavors. It has capers, white wine vinegar and garlic. Plus the parsley makes it bright green!
- ½ cup packed fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
- Puree parsley, oil, vinegar, garlic, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper in a mini prep or blender until the parsley is finely chopped. Stir in capers. Refrigerate up to three days.
Cooking Tip: Vinaigrettes can often be left in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Salad Dressing
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: French
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 156
- Fat: 18 grams
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Protein: 0 g
Keywords: Nicoise,Salad Dressing,Salad Nicoise,Vinaigrette,Caper,Healthy,Paleo
Just made this for our salmon salad tonight and my husband took one bite and said it was a great dressing. Thank you for another delicious recipe!
We loved how simple this was to make! And we had all of the ingredients!
I am so glad I tried this easy dressing, I have never had any out of a bottle than measured up to this easy recipe! Good stuff!!!
I loved it! Taste really good and easy to make!
I love nicoise salad and this is my go-to dressing! We all love it!
This dressing is delicious!
We make this salad a lot, but I never had a good dressing recipe for it. Thank you!
This has been my newest go-to dressing! I want to put it on everything
My husband especially loves the addition of capers.
Homemade salad dressing is one of my favorite things! Can’t wait to try this recipe
This sounds fabulous. I love eating capers on my eggs in the morning. However it is quite a jar for me to get through. Fantastic idea!
Oh yes! Totally, I love capers with eggs and other breakfast items like bagels. Good thing they last so long.
I have recently become obsessed with capers, so this is perfect timing!!! and I totally agree with Eileen, I am seeing this in a deviled egg/egg salad type situation very soon 🙂
My daughters love capers. I think because they are so salty. I love the idea of this combo with deviled eggs. Oh my!
This sounds like such a great way to punch up basic salads! I bet it would even be interesting as a sub for the typical mayo in an egg salad.
I totally love that egg salad idea. Yum!
My lonely jar of capers sits in my fridge waiting patiently for some love every few months. 🙂 So cool to have a new use for them! I am getting great organic tomatoes now and I love the idea of this dressing with nothing by tomatoes. Definitely trying this recipe. Have a great 4th of July, Katie!
I am so ready for great tomatoes to be ready up here. They are just about to start rolling in. Yum!