Easy Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

This fresh and flavorful citrus balsamic vinaigrette recipe combines fresh orange juice, lemon juice and white balsamic vinegar. It’s the perfect addition to your favorite green salad or even as a marinade.

If you love to make your own dressings, you’ll also love my sweet onion dijon vinaigrette recipe!

Citrus balsamic vinaigrette in a glass jar on a wooden board with an orange and lemon.

Why You’ll Love It:

This slightly sweet and tangy dressing is the perfect way to elevate your favorite green salad without a ton of work. It’s versatile, easy, and full of delicious citrus flavor.

If you love to make your own salad dressing but you don’t have a lot of time to make them, this one takes less than 5 minutes. Plus, it uses just a few quick ingredients that you probably have on hand already.

Use it on your favorite summer salads, or try it on a cooler weather salad like my Kale Pomegranate Salad.

Balsamic vinaigrette dressings are some of my absolute favorites, and you’re going to love this one.

Ingredients for citrus balsamic vinaigrette in individual bowls on a countertop.

Ingredients

White balsamic vinegar: New to white balsamic vinegar? You’re going to LOVE it. It’s sweeter and milder than its much darker relative. It’s also sometimes called “golden balsamic”.

Extra virgin olive oil: Olive oil is my favorite for fresh dressings, but feel free to use whatever you prefer.

Honey: Honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment the citrus flavors.

Orange and lemon juice: I love the fresh flavor that you get when you squeeze your own, but you can swap in pre-made if you need to! Just make sure it’s 100% juice.

Granulated garlic & salt: I prefer granulated garlic like this when I’m making fresh dressings, but you can use garlic powder too (you may need to use a little less, though!).

Citrus balsamic vinaigrette being slowly poured onto a green salad.

How to Make Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

  1. Combine white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, spices, orange juice, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  2. Using a wire whisk, whisk until fully emulsified. You can also blend in a tabletop blender or use an immersion blender.
  3. Use on top of your favorite salad and enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Store in an air-tight container for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • If you’re storing leftover dressing in the fridge, take it out a few minutes in advance and shake it up (or whisk) before serving. The fresh ingredients tend to stick together a bit when everything is cold.
  • If you don’t have white balsamic vinegar on hand, swap for regular balsamic or any other vinegar that you have like white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
  • Use lime juice instead of lemon juice. Or, use a combination!
  • Use different kinds of oranges! There are so many varieties, and they all taste a little different. Try navel oranges, fresh mandarin oranges, or cara cara oranges to mix things up. You can even add a bit of orange zest!
  • Use maple syrup or agave nectar instead of honey to change the flavor up a bit.
  • Omit the honey if you want a dressing with no added sugar.
  • Add chopped fresh herbs like basil, parsley, or oregano. You can also add dried Italian seasoning.
Citrus balsamic vinaigrette in a glass jar on a wooden board with an orange and lemon.

Easy Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

This fresh and flavorful citrus balsamic vinaigrette recipe combines fresh orange juice, lemon juice and white balsamic vinegar.
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Course: dinner, Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic granulated

Instructions

  • Combine white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, spices, orange juice, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Using a wire whisk, whisk until fully emulsified. You can also blend in a tabletop blender or use an immersion blender.
  • Use on top of your favorite salad and enjoy!

Notes

  • Swap white balsamic vinegar for regular balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar if you don’t have it on hand.
  • If using garlic powder instead of granulated garlic, reduce amount by half.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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