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Orange Vinaigrette

This orange vinaigrette recipe is a great way to add a touch of fresh sweetness–with orange and honey–to a classic vinaigrette base.


homemade orange vinaigrette in a dish with a spoon made with vinegar, olive oil orange juice, dijon, shallots, salt & pepper
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Looking For The Best Orange Vinaigrette Dressing? We Got You!

A simple fresh dressing is the best way to add pizzazz to a humble salad, and this honey orange vinaigrette is a twist for any dish. We start with a basic vinaigrette and add a bit of honey, orange zest, and orange juice for a balanced tangy sweetness. This orange honey vinaigrette is fabulous poured over crunchy greens, is a favorite with roasted beets and other vegetables, and even works as a marinade for meat (beef especially loves these flavors).

vinegar, olive oil, orange juice & zest, shallot, dijon, salt & pepper in bowls to make orange vinaigrette

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How Long Does Orange Vinaigrette Last?

Our orange vinaigrette salad dressing recipe yields ¾ cup, and if you’re not using it all at once, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. During that time, we recommend trying it as a marinade for grilled flank steak in this Chimichurri Steak recipe, and orange vinaigrette for beets is a winning combo – we’ll walk you through best practices in our step-by-step How to Roast Beets.

homemade orange vinaigrette in a dish with a spoon made with vinegar, olive oil orange juice, dijon, shallots, salt & pepper

The Ingredients To Have On Hand For This Orange Vinaigrette

  • Vinegar, we love this dressing for its flexibility, because most vinegars will work: white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar or rice vinegar will do the trick.

  • An orange - both for its zest and for its juice!

  • Honey

  • Dijon Mustard

  • Olive Oil

  • Shallots - these are key for a really great vinaigrette

  • Salt + Pepper (but you probably knew we were going to say that)

homemade orange vinaigrette in a dish with a spoon made with vinegar, olive oil orange juice, dijon, shallots, salt & pepper

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Orange Vinaigrette

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 123


  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (such as white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar, or rice vinegar)
  • 2-3 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • ⅓ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, honey, mustard, olive oil, shallot, salt, and pepper until fully emulsified. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Note: You can also add the ingredients to a small jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until emulsified.

Makes 3/4 cup

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories123
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates5 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium247 mg
  • Total Sugars3 g

Orange Vinaigrette

Questions & Reviews

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  • Stefani

    You did not explain what the little dish with the reddish orange stuff in it, looks like red bits in the dressing too. What is that?

    The bowl in the center is the minced shallot the one to the far right is orange zest. Hope you enjoy Stefani!

  • Ioannis

    Can I leave it out of freezer, for long period??,I ask about that because mustard is on it??,thanks

    We wouldn't recommend freezing this one.

  • Lisa

    Love this dressing! I see the nutritional value but What is the serving size? Is there a way to make it with less calories?

    We don't have yield listed on here so it would be 1/6 of the recipe. A lot of the calories come from olive oil so we don't recommend substituting that.

  • Leach

    Love this vinaigrette, simple to make and delicious

    Thank you Leach! We are so happy you love it!

  • jan Sampurdanis

    Awesome dressing. I Roast carrots; make farro or freekah (sp). Toss together with some of this dressing, but also add a little cumin. Wonderful!

    Sounds super delicious!

  • Tresa

    This salad dressing was so good and very quick to throw together. It's perfectly citrusy without being sour. It is my new favorite salad dressing! I love that it doesn't have loads of sugar like most store bought dressing but still has a sweet flavor.

    Thanks Tresa! Glad you love it!

  • jenn

    YUM! Great balance of flavor.

    Thank you Jenn, glad you enjoyed it!