Who can resist colorful food? Not me! Not only is this blood orange vinaigrette colorful, it has such amazing flavor.
This is a simple, straightforward citrus vinaigrette. It’s made from freshly squeezed blood oranges, tangy red wine vinegar, olive oil, a bit of Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey, salt and pepper. Sweet, tart and tangy; it couldn’t be easier or more refreshing.
Blood oranges are usually pretty easy to find during the winter months. These oranges are so special really. I always say Blood Oranges are The Winter Fruit Worth The Wait. Some have a deep red or purple blush on their skin. Others look like most any other orange. And as you peel into one, you would think just that.
It’s not till you cut into them, that their beauty becomes evident. Their flesh ranges in color from orange to pink to pretty shades of purple. Some may even appear to be tiger striped!
The color of the juice is quite stunning. And when you look at the orange once you’ve finished squeezing the heck out of it, you can see how this winter beauty got its name.
I love this vinaigrette for its sweet tart flavor and gorgeous color. I wouldn’t change a thing. But there are a few ways you can MAKE IT YOUR OWN:
- Certainly if you don’t have blood oranges available to you, you can make this with any other orange. The color, of course, will be different.
- Change up the vinegar in this dressing and it will certainly change the flavor slightly. I used red wine to enhance the ruby color. But white wine vinegar, white balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar would all be great choices.
- I used a teaspoon of honey. You can use more or less depending on the sweetness of your oranges.
- Feel free to add herbs to the mix. Tarragon would be nice!
- I wanted to keep the orange flavor of this dressing prominent. But you could also add some chopped shallot or minced garlic if that is your thing!
- ¼ cup of freshly squeezed blood orange juice (usually one orange does it!)
- ¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste.
- Whisk all of the ingredients together.
- Taste and season with more salt or pepper to your liking.
All of my salads and dressings are just a starting place for your imagination. So feel free to add or swap ingredients and do what works for you!