Citrus dressing for salads is a light and fresh dressing made with few ingredients and a fabulous citrus taste. Perfect for any salad, this citrus salad dressing recipe is ready in 5 minutes!
I love to experiment with new dressings whenever I make a new salad recipe. Since summer is coming to an end, I often add fresh fruits and vegetables for a summery-tasting salad. This citrus dressing recipe for salads is a blend of freshly squeezed citrus and a few other magic ingredients. Of course, my citrus dressing recipe is oil-free and delicious.
Since oranges and lemons are beautiful and vibrant this time of year, I chose to use a combination of both. That said, fresh juice is always better than bottles of juice. So, I juice my lemons and oranges. In a pinch, bottled juice works, but fresh juice is simply fresh, without any added sugars or preservatives.
Again, simple, clean ingredients are always the goal when making a great dressing. But taste, texture, and flavor are just as important. I love dressing, and citrus dressing for salads is one of my favorites. It's so good I could drink it. So, let's make a simple dressing you will love for your next salad recipe.
- Oranges: I used fresh squeezed Valencia oranges. I prefer freshly squeezed juice over bottled juice.
- Lemon: I prefer freshly squeezed lemons.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar adds a tanginess and works with the acid in citrus fruits.
- Water: The water thins and emulsifies the dressing in place of oil.
- Whole-grain mustard: The flavor of whole-grain mustard is very close to Dijon mustard. The major difference is in texture, as the mustard seeds have not been crushed and are whole, resulting in a coarse mustard paste
- Maple syrup: Mapel syrup is a natural sweetener. When added to teh citrus salad dressing, it adds the perfect sweetness.
Dressing Ingredient Substitutions
- Use bottled orange and lemon juice.
- I suggest pulp-free orange juice.
- White vinegar is a natural substitute for apple cider vineagr.
- Try Dijon mustard instead of stone-ground mustard.
- Use agave nectar or date syrup instead of maple syrup.
However, this dressing doesn't need a blender or anything other than a whisk or a spoon. Instead, the ingredients are stirred together and refrigerated until ready for use. That's it.
Suggested Salad Recipes
Although I made this dressing for a Fennel Salad with Oranges, any citrus dressing goes well with any salad, but those with fruit bring out the WOW in salads.
It's a vinaigrette spicy and sweet recipe, tangy and tart. In other words, it's packed with a whole lot of flavor!
Although oil is often used to dilute acidity in dressing, another way to counteract the acid is to use water instead of oil at a 1:1 ratio.
Citrus dressing stays fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
- I use a juicer that controls the pulp when squeezing fresh oranges and lemons. It also helps to reduce the number of seeds in citrus fruits.
- If the dressing is too bitter, add a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, which removes the bitterness without including oil.
- If the dressing is too tart, add more maple syrup and water.
- Refrigerate the dressing to chill it before serving.
Try this tangy and fresh citrus dressing for salads. It tastes like summer with each bite of citrus sunshine!
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Citrus Dressing for Salads
- 2 oranges juiced
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 2 Tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- Juice the oranges and lemon, discarding seeds and pulp.
- Add all the other ingredients and whisk together.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Juice fruit using a juicer to remove pulp and seeds.
- This dressing does not require the use of a blender. Instead, whisk the ingredients together.
- Make the citrus dressing in advance and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
- Add orange ad lemon zest for a more profound citrus flavor.
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Looks great Kathy. Have you ever added the zest from either the orange or lemon? Have you ever tried an orange lemon lime variation? I am going to start with your recipe and experiment on some variations. Zest always adds more flavor. But I only zest if it's organic produce, never conventional.
Hi Paul, yes I have and I love it. Make sure you are using organic limes and lemons when you zest, though, and wash well before testing. I love the citrus flavors, but you want to make sure they are pesticide-free 🙂 Let me know how it goes! And thanks for the great suggestion.
I can’t wait to try this recipe! My daughter is a vegetarian. And we are always looking for healthy salad dressings Do ty for this. Looks delicious!
Hi Amy, the citrus dressing is one of my favorites for spring and summer. I hope you and your daughter enjoy the recipe. Thank you for reaching out. Let me know what you think. I appreciate any feedback 🙂