Red Wine Vinegar Substitutes
A very bold flavorful addition to a dish, red wine vinegar is a versatile component for many recipes.
Whether it’s used in a salad dressing or for a lovely 24-hour marinade, this slightly sweet liquid holds its own against bold flavors like those found in chimichurri or a char-grilled pork chop with chorizo and roasted garlic. Mouth watering yet?
Vinegar on its own is also very versatile. Its used for cleaning proteins, windows, your microwave, even in laundry (though we don’t suggest you use this specific vinegar when washing your whites).
When a recipe calls for red wine vinegar and you don’t have it available, what do you usually do? Forget the whole recipe? I should think not! Here are some sure red wine vinegar substitutes:
1. White Wine Vinegar
While not as intense as its crimson counterpart, white wine vinegar is the closest in flavor profile and adaptability. You can use it as is or add to red wine for an even bolder flavor compliment. It works well for vinaigrettes, sauces, even a nice mocktail if you’re feeling fancy.
2. Sherry Vinegar
Rich with a slight nutty taste, this is not as powerful as red wine vinegar but is used in many of the same ways. Typically, sherry vinegar is suited to dry heat techniques. So grilled or roasted fish, meat, and vegetables are enhanced with the rich taste of this vinegar.
3. Rice Wine Vinegar
Highly regarded in Asian Cuisine, rice wine vinegar is the chameleon of all vinegars. Extremely versatile with a sweet profile it can be used for a variety of salads, fish high in fat (like salmon) or (WHATS THIS?) fan favorite, stir fry.
4. Champagne Vinegar
If you want to level up from wine to champagne, then this vinegar is exactly right for you. Great for a nice hollandaise sauce or mix with olive oil for dipping bread. It’s also one of the best vinegars to use for infusions, such as like peppercorn, thyme, and rosemary.
5. Balsamic Vinegar
From bruschetta to poultry and even feta with watermelon salad, balsamic is a champion. Balancing acidity with a bold and rich flavor profile, it’s sure to add an extra kick to your dish. Just be sure to add a little less than recommended by your recipe when substituting for the perfect flavor balance.