Easy Orange Salad Dressing

Easy Orange Salad Dressing

When it comes to salad dressing, there are a lot of issues. There are too many options. There are too many misleading labels such as “light,” “low-fat,” and “sugar-free” — all strategically worded for the purpose of fooling the consumer. Organic varieties are too pricey. Moral of the story? There is no reason to pay $4-5 for ambiguously-labeled salad dressing when you can easily make your own healthy version for half the cost.

Let’s take a moment to consider the purpose of salad dressing. We use it to add flavor to a bed of greens and to make the leafy goodness easier to chew and swallow. With that in mind, shouldn’t dressing be more of a supplement than the main attraction? Sure, it should taste good. But it shouldn’t be a crutch that we use to drown and choke down a salad. Salads are pretty delicious in their own respect, especially when paired with a dressing that brings out the best in them. 

This recipe is our favorite homemade dressing. We make a big batch and store it in a jar until we run out. That way, it’s always on hand when a salad craving strikes and it only takes 5 minutes to make more when we finish it off.

Easy Orange Salad Dressing
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Calories: 191
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 6g
  • Trans fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Sodium: 591mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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A light citrus dressing that's easy and mess-free. It can be whipped up in under 5 minutes and pairs well with infinite salad ingredients.
Ingredients
  • Juice of 1½ oranges [about ⅓ cup]
  • ½ Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. You can also make the dressing without either appliance. Just add everything to a bowl and whisk vigorously.
Notes
Makes approximately 8 ounces of dressing.
Shake before use.
Store in refrigerator up to 1 month.

 

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10 comments

  1. Amelia Katz 8 September, 2013 at 17:49 Reply

    whoa. I just made an orange salad dressing today…without seeing this post. I suppose great minds think alike? :-)

  2. Andi ONeil 12 September, 2013 at 13:11 Reply

    Love this dressing! I had it on a salad with vidalia, beets &
    avocado. I just made another batch to marinate some chicken
    breasts in. Added garlic & crushed red pepper to the marinade.
    Thank you! :) Eating Paleo is always a challenge and this
    dressing is light & fresh.

  3. Paula 17 January, 2016 at 21:24 Reply

    Doubled this recipe for my family of five. Loved this dressing. It was light and very flavorful. I will definitely make this again.

    • thefitchen 18 January, 2016 at 16:07 Reply

      So glad you liked this dressing, Paula! It’s one of my favorites – so easy and goes great on all kinds of salads. :)

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