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Easy Orange Salad Dressing

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This orange salad dressing recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make! 4 simple ingredients bring it all together. Bright, light, and flavorful!

Easy Orange Salad Dressing

This recipe for orange dressing is our favorite homemade version. 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.

I love to pair it with mason jar salads for a quick, portable lunch! Whenever I get tired of this dressing, I mix it up with our raspberry or lemon version – both as just as healthy and equally easy to make.

Why should you make your own salad dressing?

It’s simple! 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.
The ingredients list? WHOA.
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.

 

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Easy Orange Salad Dressing

5 from 1 reviews

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.

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

  • Juice of 1 1/2 oranges [about 1/3 cup]
  • 1/2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 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.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 191
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Sodium: 591mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

 

18 Comments
  • Rosemary
    October 18, 2017

    What do you think of a duck egg salad, with spinach and asparagus with this dressing?

  • Grace
    July 6, 2017

    I dun have white wine vinegar can i use apple vinegar?

    • thefitchen
      July 6, 2017

      Sure! That should work just fine. :)

  • Susan
    May 29, 2017

    Serve warm on Jasmine rice with fresh cilantro beside jerk or just grilled chicken with mango salsa…mmmm!

    • Susan
      May 29, 2017

      Oops! I forgot to add that I subbed sesame oil in for the olive ;)

      • thefitchen
        May 31, 2017

        Yum! That sounds delicious, Susan!

  • Paula
    January 17, 2016

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

    • thefitchen
      January 18, 2016

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

  • April
    October 30, 2013

    This dressing is delicious! My 8 year old said it is her new favorite “sauce”. Thanks for sharing!

    • thefitchen
      October 31, 2013

      That is a win in our book! Thanks for letting us know. :)

  • Andi ONeil
    September 12, 2013

    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.

    • thefitchen
      September 20, 2013

      That salad sounds delicious! And what a great idea to use it as a marinade! We’ll have to try that. :)

  • Amelia Katz
    September 8, 2013

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

    • thefitchen
      September 20, 2013

      Did you read our minds or did we read yours? ;)

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