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February 1, 2024

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

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, on our Roasted Sweet Potato Salad 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

Join the discussion below.

  • Erin

    Can I water bath can this?

    We do not recommend canning this as we have not tested it for safety.

  • Ella

    can this be bottled/canned (preserved) and saved on the shelf?

    We do not have canning instructions for this one, sorry Ella!

  • Sadun

    Expired date ?

    It will stay good in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

  • Leigh

    What do you serve this orange vinaigrette

    We created it for our "Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Orange Vinaigrette", you can also toss it on roasted beets, marinate a flank steak in it or any arugula or spinach salad. Hope you enjoy!

  • 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!

  • Diane

    This is the perfect orange vinaigrette, with a wonderful balance of sweet and tart. I served it over a spinach salad with red onion, avocado, and orange slices. A huge hit!

    Thanks Denise, so happy you loved it!

  • Lee

    I also added three Kumquats finely chopped, they added a little more zine. Great recipe

    Thanks Lee, glad you loved it!

  • Mary

    Made this with champagne vinegar. So good!!!

    Thanks so much, we are so happy you loved it Mary!

  • Leach

    Love this vinaigrette, simple to make and delicious

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

  • jan

    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!