Salads,sides and snacks go healthy with Natural Rice Vinegar

When a representative for NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar emailed me to see if I would like to receive a complimentary set of rice vinegar’s to review and host a giveaway, I immediately thought of my Grandmother in-law. This lovely woman utilized the healthy, healing powers of natural vinegar her whole life and passed her knowledge on to me when I married her grandson. With fond memories of her, I happily agreed to give NAKANO’s rice vinegar's a try. All opinions are my own. 

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NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar invites us to Splash On! And be Daring, Bold and Delicious with their six varieties of all natural, no fat, low calorie, splash on rice vinegar's.

  • Original
  • Seasoned Original
  • Citrus
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Basil & Oregano
  • Mango

My husband and I were excited to see if these rice vinegar's tasted as good as they looked, so we held an informal taste test in our kitchen. With spoons in hand we sampled them right from the bottle. 

Our Thoughts:

All six flavors are pleasant tasting, not harsh or acid. As you can probably tell by their color, they are very light in flavor. Yes, they are still vinegar's, so you have to be a fan of that flavor profile; but these seasoned rice vinegar's were quite tasty straight from the bottle. Our favorites were the Citrus, Mango and Basil and Oregano.

I especially enjoyed the Basil and Oregano.  It has just the right amount of herb flavors, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness that I found to be a perfect replacement of my regular low-calorie salad dressing.

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I whipped up this quick spinach, olive and Parmesan cheese salad for lunch and it was delicious when paired with the Basil & Oregano rice vinegar and just a splash of olive oil!

Some other tasty ways to use these rice vinegar's are:

  • Splashing on grilled chicken
  • Replacing Mayo in potato salad
  • Dip for Onion rings
  • Adding a splash to snacks like trail mix

Yes, trail mix!

NAKANO has partnered with registered dietitian  Dawn Jackson Blatner, author of “The Flexitarian Diet”, to help us maintain our healthy lifestyle goals with simple swaps, like replacing unhealthy afternoon snacks with healthier alternatives. This is her Super food trail mix recipe.

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Superfood Trail Mix:
Source:  Recipe created exclusively for Mizkan by: Dawn Jackson Blatner at

Makes 2 cups

1 tablespoon NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raisins


In a small bowl, mix NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar, honey, salt and cayenne. In a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat, warm oil and add the vinegar mix, almonds and chia seeds. 

Cook for 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until all excess liquid is gone. Pour onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set. Toss almonds with brown rice cereal, pumpkin seeds, and raisins.

Nutrition:  (1/4 cup): 110 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugar, 3g protein

I invite you to learn more about NAKANO by visiting their website, where you’ll find coupons, cooking videos, recipes and a store locator.  

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One lucky reader will win this set of  six NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar's!

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Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below. No purchase necessary to win. Open to U.S. residents 18+ years. My WAHM Plan not responsible for prize fulfillment. This contest is not associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any other social channel. 


  1. YUM!! I love using it for salad dressings!! Thanks for the other great ideas, too!

  2. I think it's so sweet that you honor your grandmother-in-law with this post :) I've made several recipes lately using rice wine vinegar. I'd love to win!

  3. These sound wonderful! I haven't made my own dressing before but they sounds so fresh and delicious!

  4. I would like to try the roasted garlic vinegar on chicken.

  5. Hi Jamie,

    Me too! We added some of the mango rice vinegar to our beef stir-fry last night and it was so good.
    Good luck!

  6. Hi Susan,

    Thank you! That is such a sweet thing to say. It brightened my day.

    I would love for you to win as well- good luck!

  7. Hi Heidi.

    You'll love making a salad dressing with these tasty rice vinegar's.
    Thanks for stopping by to enter and good luck!

  8. Hi Sharyl,

    Roasted garlic chicken sounds really good to me right now.

    Thanks for entering.

    Good luck!

  9. I want to try your Super Food Trail Mix recipe. It sounds perfect for snacking on and also good for my son's lunch.

  10. The Meringue Drops with Mint Filled DelightFulls™ sounds delicious! This would also be a great Passover dessert!

  11. I would like to try them all! The Citrus sounds like it would be great for pickled onions!

  12. Visited the Nestle site and want to try the "Foldover Cookies" one day!! Yum!!

  13. I love to the Pistachio Sugar Cookies

  14. Those sugar cookies look so good. I would love to enjoy them with a cold glass of milk.


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