Mouth-Watering Brazilian Vinaigrette Recipe for Foodies

As a chef, I firmly believe that food has the power to transport you to different places and cultures. And as someone who specializes in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I am excited to share this delicious Brazilian Vinaigrette recipe with you.

Originating from Brazil, vinaigrette salsa is a staple in many households and restaurants across the country where it is typically served alongside grilled meat dishes. It is a refreshing and tangy mix of sweet tomatoes, crunchy onions, and juicy bell peppers all tossed together in a light dressing made of olive oil and white wine vinegar.

This easy-to-follow recipe will allow you to bring the vibrant colors and bold flavors of Brazil into your own kitchen, taking your taste buds on a flavorful journey. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or just want to add a touch of exotic flair to your weeknight dinner, this Brazilian vinaigrette recipe is sure to become one of your go-to favorites. So let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Vinaigrette
Brazilian Vinaigrette

Friends, let me tell you why you’re going to love this Brazilian Vinaigrette recipe. First off, it’s incredibly versatile – you can use it as a dip for chips, a topping for tacos, or a side dish at a BBQ. Secondly, the combination of tomatoes, onion, and bell peppers creates a flavor explosion in your mouth that will have you coming back for more. And finally, the simple yet bold dressing made with white wine vinegar and olive oil ties everything together perfectly.

This vinaigrette is an iconic staple in Brazilian cuisine and adds an extra layer of deliciousness to any meal. The fresh and vibrant ingredients are easy to find and easy to prepare. Plus, it’s a healthy option that is vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

Whether you’re pairing it with grilled chicken thighs or serving it alongside some juicy beef at your next BBQ, this vinaigrette salsa recipe belongs on your table. Not only is it delicious, but it also adds color and texture to your dishes. It’s time to take your taste buds on a trip to Brazil with this easy-to-make and unforgettable Brazilian vinaigrette recipe.

Ingredient List

 Kick up your taste buds with this zesty Brazilian vinaigrette!
Kick up your taste buds with this zesty Brazilian vinaigrette!

Here’s what you will need to make Brazilian vinaigrette salsa:

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the salsa:

  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

– 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
– 1/3 cup diced red onion

Note: You can adjust the amount of salt and vinegar according to your preference.

The Recipe How-To

 This colorful condiment is the perfect pairing for grilled meats.
This colorful condiment is the perfect pairing for grilled meats.

Prepare the ingredients:

  • Dice 1 red bell pepper, 1 green bell pepper, 1 large onion, and 4 ripe tomatoes.
  • Optional: add chopped parsley (around ¼ cup) to the mix.
  • Pro tip: if you want an even milder flavor, remove the seeds and white membranes of the bell peppers.

Make the vinaigrette:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of olive oil with 1/3 cup of white wine vinegar.
  • Add 2 tbsp of this mixture to the diced vegetables and stir.
  • Season to taste with salt.

Combine everything:

  • Add the seasoned vegetables to the remaining vinaigrette mixture and stir well until everything is well coated.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. This resting time will allow all flavors to blend together.
  • Serve cold as a side dish or topping for grilled meats, like traditional Brazilian dishes or Texan BBQ chicken thighs.

Optional: serve with other Brazilian salsas, such as “molho campanha,” similar to pico de gallo, or “molho vinagrete,” a thinner tomato salsa salad dressing.


Substitutions and Variations

 Add a pop of flavor and color to your plate with this simple recipe.
Add a pop of flavor and color to your plate with this simple recipe.

If you’re looking to change up the flavors of this Brazilian vinaigrette recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make.

Firstly, if you don’t have white wine vinegar on hand, you can substitute it with any other light-colored vinegar such as apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. Just keep in mind that this will slightly alter the flavor of the vinaigrette.

For those who prefer a spicier kick to their meals, you can add in some jalapeño pepper or red chili flakes to the diced vegetables. This addition will give a spicy twist to the otherwise mild flavors of the dish.

If you want to add a bit more freshness to the dish, consider tossing in some chopped cilantro instead of parsley. This swap will bring a different fragrance and taste to the salsa.

Furthermore, if you want your Brazilian vinaigrette to have more texture and crunch, you can add some cucumbers and carrots into the mix. These veggies provide both extra nutrition and variety.

Finally, if you want to switch up how you serve this dish, consider using it as a marinade for your meat dishes like chicken thighs or as a salad dressing with mixed greens. This versatile vinaigrette offers endless possibilities when it comes to serving options.

Remember that these variations are simply suggestions; feel free to experiment and find what works best for your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 A staple in Brazil, this vinaigrette can be found at any BBQ or churrasco.
A staple in Brazil, this vinaigrette can be found at any BBQ or churrasco.

When it comes to serving Brazilian vinaigrette, the possibilities are endless. This versatile salsa recipe can be used as a side dish or appetizer to add flavor and vibrancy to any meal. It goes perfectly with grilled meats, chicken, and fish, as well as rice and beans.

As a traditional component of Brazilian BBQ, it’s an excellent accompaniment to the Churrasco-style steak. But don’t limit this fresh and tangy salsa to just the backyard grill. Try pairing it with tacos, burritos or even scrambled eggs for a unique twist on any classic dish.

Vinaigrette also makes for a fantastic salad dressing. Add equal parts of olive oil and white wine vinegar to make the vinaigrette sauce, toss some greens with it, and top with diced chicken thighs for a light yet filling meal.

If you’re looking for something more colorful and festive, try serving it alongside Pico de Gallo or Molho Campanha to make your own version of Brazilian salsa trio; together they create such an explosion of freshness that will blow your mind.

Overall, the irresistible taste of Brazilian vinaigrette makes it an excellent addition to any meal that could use a little extra kick. So go ahead and experiment – there’s no wrong way to enjoy this versatile side dish!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 With just a few ingredients, you can bring the flavors of Brazil to your table.
With just a few ingredients, you can bring the flavors of Brazil to your table.

If you’re making this Brazilian vinaigrette recipe for a big event, like a BBQ or potluck, you can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be served. However, before serving, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

If you have any leftover vinaigrette, which is unlikely because it’s so delicious, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Just give it a good stir before serving.

To reheat the vinaigrette, I don’t recommend microwaving it as this can cause the vegetables to become soggy. Instead, heat it up gently on the stove over low heat until just warmed through.

Remember that this vinaigrette salsa is best consumed fresh and within a few days of making it. But, if you have extra portions remaining, save them so that they can be used as filling for sandwiches, omelets, burritos even on top of grilled chicken thighs.

This recipe is perfect for meal prep or batch cooking because of its versatility and how well it stores. It’s easy to prepare a big batch ahead of time and use it throughout the week with different meals. This Brazilian salsa also pairs great with grilled meats and veggies making meal planning a breeze!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of tangy vinegar and fresh herbs make this vinaigrette an instant hit.
The combination of tangy vinegar and fresh herbs make this vinaigrette an instant hit.

There are a few tips I’d like to share to ensure the perfect Brazilian vinaigrette salsa every time. These tips will ensure that your salsa comes out just as flavorful and delicious as it is supposed to be.

First and foremost, it’s imperative that you use only the freshest ingredients. By using fresh tomatoes, onion, and bell peppers, you’ll get the most flavorful vinaigrette possible. Make sure you’re using ripe and firm vegetables for optimal results.

When it comes to dicing the veggies, aim for uniform shapes in order to allow for even flavor distribution. I recommend chopping the vegetables into small pieces with roughly the same size so that your salsa presents a beautiful texture and consistency. And make sure to remove any seeds or membranes from the peppers before dicing.

Another important tip is to let the flavors meld together after everything is mixed together. While this Brazilian vinaigrette recipe tastes great immediately after being prepared, it’s even better after a couple of hours of refrigeration. The salsa can be made up to 24 hours in advance, but it’s best consumed within a few days.

Finally, do not skimp on the olive oil since this is what ties all of these fresh ingredients (vinegar and vegetables) together. As well as being a source of good fats (Monounsaturated and HDL Cholesterol) olive oil promotes gastronomic pleasure as well as excellent health benefits.

By following these tips, you can guarantee a delicious bowl of Brasilian vinaigrette salsa that’ll add an extra flavor boost whether on top of grilled or roasted meat, seafood, or veggies!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Brazilian Vinaigrette Recipe is an amazing and easy way to add a burst of flavor to any dish you choose. It’s versatile and can be paired with chips, lettuce wraps or even chicken thighs – the options are endless! The recipe is quick to make and the ingredients can easily be found at your local supermarket. Whether you’re wanting to recreate a delicious Brazilian salsa, or just looking for a tasty alternative to generic vinaigrettes, this recipe is perfect for everyone. Impress your guests or simply treat yourself to a delicious side dish by trying out this easy Brazilian Vinaigrette Recipe today!

Brazilian Vinaigrette

Brazilian Vinaigrette Recipe

This can be used over meat, fish or chicken but I absolutely LOVE to drizzle a little over white rice. It's great over salad too.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 47.4 kcal


  • 1 cup green bell pepper
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Dice peppers, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Let mixture sit for a while to bring out the flavors. (I prefer the vinaigrette a little on the colder side so I refrigerate it).
  • ** Side note: If you're going to add salt do it just before serving (salt will cause the tomatoes to dehydrate.) Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 73gCalories: 47.4kcalCarbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 0.7gFat: 3.5gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 2.9mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 2.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Brazilian, Easy, Free Of..., Inexpensive, Onions, Peppers, Salad Dressings, South American, Vegetable, Weeknight
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.