I have used Nakano Rice Vinegar for years. I primarily use it when I am making teriyaki sauce or sometimes in salads. I did not know until recently, however, that they had more flavors than just the regular rice vinegar. Boy have I been missing out!
There is a whole line of flavored Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar, and I received an assortment of these (oh happy day!). How did I not know this?
There are some tasty recipes on the Nakano website, and I just had to try one. I chose the Apple Ginger Marinade, as this just sounded heavenly. It called for the Roasted Garlic seasoned vinegar. I wanted to marinade chicken and bake it, and I had most of the ingredients on hand. I simply mixed the ingredients in a large bowl (I love that this recipe makes approx. 1 1/2 cups of marinade!):
I washed and dried chicken
and poured the marinade over the chicken:
Can I just say “yum!”? Oh my – this was so good.
The Nakano Roasted Garlic Seasoned Vinegar added just the right amount of oomph to the chicken, and I think it also helped to cut down on the sweetness of the apple juice. It had a light but rich flavor and when cooked, the chicken had a nice glaze on it. I will definitely be adding this recipe to my collection! This would be amazing grilled as well.
We have also been enjoying different Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar flavors on a variety of items. It was fun to mix things up a bit when making my own teriyaki marinade. I salads, and I like to add a dash into many other things I cook as well. The Italian Herb is fantastic on salads! I love that the Nakano vinegars are light and don’t have the calories that many traditional salad dressings have. I mean, salads are supposed to be healthy, right? I sampled all of the flavors and it is really hard to pick a favorite. I really, really loved the Roasted Garlic, but the Basil & Oregano is a close second (also really good on salads).
Nakano Seasoned Vinegars has something really fun going on – the 60-day Splash it On, Step it Up Challenge!
When you visit and like the Nakano Facebook page, you can learn about healthy eating and fitness tips, and there is even a step tracker that wraps around a globe that will show you the number of steps walked thus far. How fun is that? Oh, and there are also prizes, which include:
First prize of a one-year free gym membership. If over 1 million steps are reached over the course of the 60 days, a second 1st prize will be awarded.
Second prize winner receives six personal training sessions.
Third prize winner will receive a Nakano workout bag.
The Nakano Splash for Cash promotion is pretty fun too – the Splash Recipe Club includes recipes and blog features AND each month a Splash subscriber has the chance to win $150.
I hope you’ll go out and try all of the wonderful Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar flavors – I think you’ll be surprised how many ways you can use them, and on so many different foods!
In addition to liking on Nakano on Facebook, make sure you follow @NakanoSplash on Twitter too!
*I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Nakano and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.