This easy citrus balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite salad dressing recipes and takes almost no time to make!
Whether you toss it with your favorite salad or pour it over your favorite fish (or chicken) dishes, you’re in for a treat.
Why you’ll love this citrus balsamic vinaigrette
So easy to make. This recipe will take you five minutes or less to make!!
Can be customized to your liking. Whether you use fresh orange juice, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, red wine vinegar… This balsamic citrus salad dressing is a hit.
SO many flavors! The tangy flavor found in this citrus balsamic vinaigrette is to die for. It’s the easiest way to brighten up a winter salad and pairs so well with chicken and fish dishes in the spring and summertime.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a super basic citrus balsamic vinaigrette:
- Extra virgin olive oil – A must have in this recipe! While you can use another oil, extra virgin olive oil is superior.
- Fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice – These tangy flavors are what makes your homemade salad dressing pop!
- Balsamic vinegar – I love using dark balsamic vinegar but white balsamic vinegar works too!
- Honey – Used to sweeten your tangy dressing.
- Mustard – Adds more flavor to your salad dressing!
There are so many ways to make a citrus balsamic vinaigrette – this is just my favorite version!
You can add in some fresh squeezed orange juice in place of the lime or lemon juice, add in apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or white balsamic vinegar instead of the typical regular balsamic vinegar… there are so many ways to adapt this recipe as your own.
Note: Feel free to swap the honey for a bit of maple syrup to make this a vegan citrus balsamic vinaigrette! Agave nectar works too.
How to make citrus balsamic vinaigrette
First, juice your lemon and lime. If you’d like more citrus flavors, feel free to juice an orange to add in some fresh orange juice as well!
Add your lemon juice, lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and mustard to a mason jar. Shake vigorously or until everything has combined. Taste and adjust flavors if necessary, and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
What should I serve my citrus balsamic vinaigrette with?
I love using this delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette with my Mediterranean chickpea salad but it pairs well with so many dishes!
Toss it with grilled chicken or salmon or use it in a fruit salad (bonus points if you pour it over some mandarin oranges). Use your homemade dressing as you see fit.
What should I do if my vinaigrette starts to separate?
This is completely natural! Just shake it until it’s combined again 🙂
How long will my citrus balsamic vinaigrette last?
Between 5-7 days if stored in a mason jar (or airtight container) in the fridge.Print
How to Make Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
This citrus balsamic vinaigrette pairs beautifully with fall and winter salads but can also brighten up a spring and summer dish! It’s a customizable and delicious homemade salad dressing that I always have on hand.
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Total Time: 5 Minutes
- Yield: 4 Servings 1x
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice from 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
- Juice from 1 lime, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 TBSP honey
- 2 TBSP mustard
- Juice your lemon and lime then add to a mason jar along with the other ingredients.
- Shake vigorously or until your homemade salad dressing is fully combined.
- Taste and adjust flavors as you see fit.
- Enjoy with your favorite salad!