Chop Shop’s Grapefruit Sesame Vinaigrette Recipe

Lettuce not forget that it’s the zesty touches that make a salad truly memorable. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery dishes out a recipe to transform your greens from simple to stellar.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery's Vinaigrettes
Photo by Connor Stehr.

“Don’t be afraid to add more oil or water when making a vinaigrette to adjust thickness. Xanthan gum is our great secret ingredient at Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, giving a thicker consistency to our vinaigrettes—a very little goes a long way!”—Chef Clint Wangsnes, owner, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

Grapefruit Sesame Vinaigrette

Course Salad


  • 1 cone piloncillo (3 Tbsp. brown sugar could be substituted)
  • ¾ cup grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 2 oz. pickled ginger (sushi style, natural sugar is best)
  • ½ oz. fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • Tbsp. sea salt
  • Tbsp. fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ cup sesame oil
  • 1 cup light olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup green onion (thinly sliced)


  • Soak 1 cone piloncillo in ¾ cup grapefruit juice and ½ cup white wine vinegar while prepping all other ingredients.
  • Add 1 shallot, 1 Tbsp. Sriracha, 2 oz. pickled ginger, ½ oz. fresh ginger, 1½ Tbsp. sea salt, and 1½ Tbsp. fresh cracked pepper to a blender and blend until well incorporated.
  • Slowly add ½ cup sesame oil and 1 cup light olive oil until thick.
  • Lastly, pulse in ¼ cup chopped cilantro and ¼ cup green onion.
Print Recipe

Find two more recipes from Chop Shop, for their Champagne Vinaigrette and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, in our May 2023 issue.

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