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I use various kinds of vinegar to create my salad dressings and marinades. My favorite vinegar to use in salad dressings are balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar and red wine vinegar. Naturally, I was curiously thrilled to try coconut water vinegar.
Coconut water vinegar is raw coconut water that has been fermented. The fermentation process enhances the nutrients that are in the coconut water. Coconut water, by the way is high in vitamins, minerals, potassium and electrolytes, a naturally hydrating drink. What I really love about this vinegar is that it retains the mother of vinegar, a colony of bacteria cultures, making this product unique and raw in every sense of the word.
With all of my experiences with vinegar, I have yet to experience a vinegar like coconut water vinegar. Its taste is unique in and of itself. It tastes a bit of alcohol, very strong and acidic. The Tropical Tradition website suggests that you add one to two teaspoons of coconut water vinegar to a glass of eight ounces of water for a "cool and refreshing, healthy beverage". I did just that and LOVE it. Drinking my water this way resembles the taste of Kombucha a bit. I like to drink my water with a slice of lemon or a few drops of Stevia extract and adding the coconut water vinegar definitely freshened my drink. I've been drinking it with my water since I got my coconut water vinegar!
I used coconut water vinegar in my salad. Using a bagged lettuce, I tossed in chopped onions, green bell pepper, garlic, cucumber and tomatoes. Typically I make my dressing right in the bowl along with the salad, I drizzled some olive oil, and then salt (pink), cracked black pepper and about two cap-fuls of coconut water vinegar and tossed. Lastly, I added a tablespoon of mayo for a creamy texture. I just LOVED how the coconut water vinegar enhanced the taste of my dressing. It was really delicious!
You can make your own salad dressing or freshen your drink with this raw product! I'm giving one winner a 32 ounce bottle of Raw, Organic Coconut Water Vinegar for their own personal enjoyment and experience. This product retails at $18.50. To enter, subscribe to Tropical Traditions' newsletter. Choose some or all of the bonus entries to increase your chances of winning. Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Ends 2/12/12 12:01 am EST.