This Healthy Citrus Vinaigrette recipe (aka orange vinaigrette and orange salad dressing) uses fresh orange juice, alkalizing apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, a wee bit of pure maple syrup and  heart-healthy olive oil.  The sunny fresh flavors make for a lively citrus salad dressing that adds a lot of perk to a bowl of greens!

jar of orange salad dressing

This orange vinaigrette is light and delicious and it’s pretty much a staple in my home.  Especially during the warm summer months.  It’s an easy vinaigrette recipe to make and I usually have all of the  ingredients on hand.  And you’ve probably figured out by now that I love big beautiful salads especially when they’re tossed in fresh, healthy homemade salad dressings.

jar of orange vinaigrette with greens

I love a good healthy homemade salad dressing.  If you have a great salad dressing recipe – then you’ve got a great salad.  And then you’re more likely to add more greens to your diet!.   And homemade salad dressings, well – they just  taste phenomenally way better than any bottled dressing out there!  This citrus salad dressing is one of my favorite go-to recipes.  

Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe

CITRUS

We use fresh orange juice and zest for this recipe because it adds a fresh pop of flavor and slight sweetness. You could use lemon or limes if you prefer, but the dressing will be a little more tart. 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

I like to add a little apple cider vinegar to this dressing, but you can add more orange juice or lemon juice if you prefer.

PURE MAPLE SYRUP

This adds a little sweetness and flavor to the dressing. You can use honey if you prefer.

DIJON MUSTARD

Adding a bit of Dijon mustard makes the dressing creamy good (and also adds a little flavor).

EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

We use extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe, but you could use avocado oil if you prefer.

How to Make Orange Vinaigrette

This orange vinaigrette comes together in a pinch!!

  1. Place all ingredients in an air-tight container and shake well, or whisk ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk. 

jar of orange juice salad dressing

I especially love to toss this citrus vinaigrette with a salad made up of Romain lettuce leaves, fresh cilantro, red bell pepper, avocado, cucumber and heirloom cherry tomatoes.   The citrus and cilantro combo… so good!!

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jar of citrus salad dressing
Yield: Serves 6 - 8

Healthy Citrus Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This Healthy Citrus Vinaigrette recipe (aka orange vinaigrette and orange salad dressing) uses fresh orange juice, alkalizing apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, a wee bit of pure maple syrup and  heart-healthy olive oil.  The sunny fresh flavors make for a lively citrus salad dressing that adds a lot of perk to a bowl of greens!

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup light olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in an air-tight container and shake well, or whisk ingredients in a bowl with a wire whisk. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.