I’ll take my vitamin C any delicious way I can get it! Even if it’s in a perfect winter salad dressing.
This citrus vinaigrette is so simple and luscious. It’s a blend of fresh orange, lemon and lime juice and zest, Dijon mustard, white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season it to your liking with a little salt and pepper. I don’t know about you, but I feel healthier already!
Freshly squeezed citrus juices and lots of citrus zest are the key to big flavor in this sweet and tart dressing.
I love to put oranges in my salads in the winter. And this is the perfect dressing for those salads. Though honestly, this citrus dressing will make even a simple plate of greens feel special.
This dressing is also one of my favorite ways to marinate fish. I love to brush this on salmon or cod before cooking. It’s also a perfect dressing for roasted seasonal veggies.
I love this recipe for it’s simplicity, really. But you can certainly play around with it. Here are some ideas on how to MAKE IT YOUR OWN:
- You can certainly turn this into a single citrus dressing. Orange, lemon, lime, even grapefruit would be good. Or a combination of any or all!
- Depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may want to add some honey or maple syrup.
- I wanted to keep the citrus as the prominent flavor. But you can certainly add minced garlic or chopped shallots to the mix.
- You can also add your favorite chopped herb. Dill, tarragon, cilantro and thyme will change up the flavor of the dressing.
- I like white balsamic vinegar for it’s subtle sweetness. But play around with the vinegar you use to change up the flavor of the dressing. White wine or apple cider vinegars would be good. Sherry vinegar would provide a deeper, richer flavor. I’ve used fig balsamic vinegar as well as an orange balsamic vinegar which were fantastic. But keep in mind that the darker balsamics will change the color drastically.
- Also play around with the oil you use. Olive oil is fantastic, of course. Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil would be fine. Or try adding some nutty flavor to the mix by using a combination of olive oil with walnut or hazelnut oil.
- 2 Tablespoons of fresh orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of fresh orange zest
- ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon of fresh lime zest
- 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup of white balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Very simply whisk all of the ingredients together and enjoy!
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!