Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Honey Citrus Vinaigrette & Salad Options

This is one of my favorite Vinaigrettes – I often just throw it together, carelessly and spur of the moment, paying very little attention to proportions and measurements, and it always turns out great.

honey citrus orange vinaigrette salad dressing
Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

I love Honey Citrus Vinaigrette for a winter salad, and in the late spring when everything is brown and muddy and dreary, this bright little dressing is like a tonic.

This is also a great way to use the last couple of oranges from a bag that might be getting just past their peak. If they are on the drier side, you may need more than one to get to a quarter of a cup. Honey Citrus Vinaigrette is also fun with Mandarin Oranges or Tangerines.

Honey Citrus Vinaigrette
Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

These types of citrus  vinaigrettes usually have one half part oil and about a quarter of citrus and vinegar, but I don’t sweat the proportions. If I’m a bit light on the citrus, I add a bit more vinegar, and possibly a bit more honey. The Dijon helps thicken and emulsify and the garlic and zest adds flavor.

Any light vinegar is perfect: White Wine, Rice Vinegar, and Champagne Vinegar are all wonderful if it can be had for a decent price.

Honey Citrus Vinaigrette
Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

As for the pricing, the real cost is the oranges and the oil. The rest of the ingredients are just pennies. This keeps very well in the fridge. It’s so good you might want to think about doubling or tripling it.

Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Servings: 3/4 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Juice and zest from one orange (or about 1/4 cup of orange juice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons to a tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 to one teaspoon Dijon
  • 2 tablespoons of a light vinegar, and up to 1/4 cup depending on how sweet/tart you’d like the dressing to be
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and finely minced
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Poppy seeds, optional
  • Salad greens and/or fruit of your choice.

Mix all dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake. Add poppy seeds if using.

I generally only use the poppy seeds if I am making a fruit salad.

from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com

My favorite ways to use this dressing:

  • Orange, Avocado & Red Onion Salad: the salad, pictured above:  On top of a bed of beautiful salad greens, arrange the Mandarin oranges or  orange segments, slices of avocado and very thinly sliced red onion rings. This always makes a gorgeous presentation.
  • The Beet Goes On Salad: a salad of fancy mixed greens, use slices of roasted beets, red onion and bits of goat cheese. It’s a simple but amazing concoction.
  • Over Fruit: There is something about this dressing that goes wonderfully with sliced kiwis, and this dressing is good with a number of salads with fruit or made just from fruit.
  • As a Marinade for Orange Supremes: I often marinate orange supremes in this dressing and serve with almost anything – even for breakfast.

Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:

  • Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
  • Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
  • Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
  • Read {Strategies Applied} for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.

Put Your Own Spin on It:

  • Vary the citrus:  try blood orange or a a combination of other citrus.
  • Toasted Sesame seeds are wonderful with this, especially if you’re using rice wine vinegar.
  • Chives or thinly sliced scallions work really well with Citrus.
  • Find your own combinations of flavors you love together!

Citrus Vinaigrette made April 2012


3 thoughts on “Honey Citrus Vinaigrette & Salad Options”

  1. a good dressing can make or break a salad, and I bet this is zingy and punchy! Miss6 makes a great one using extra virgin olive oil, mustard, S&P, garlic and lemon juice.

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