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This simple, bright citrus vinaigrette is ready in minutes with just a few ingredients for a perfect dressing or marinade!

This citrus vinaigrette is perfect on our Apple Salad and so much more!

A glass pitcher filled with citrus vinaigrette.

A Bright Dressing to Love!

I LOVE salads and eat them all of the time!

Our favorite Apple Salad is perfectly dressed with this bright, flavorful citrus vinaigrette. It’s such a delicious and fresh dressing for our favorite spring salad recipes.

I love using this zesty vinaigrette on a simple salad but it can be used as a marinade for chicken or fish as well which enhances the flavors so incredibly well!

Why we love it:

  • So much more than a dressing. Use it as a dressing for Roasted Vegetables, or to flavor Crock Pot Rice, quinoa, or pasta, or use it as a marinade.
  • Bright and refreshing. The citrus flavors are seasonal and delicious!
  • All year long. From summer to fall, this dressing is perfect for any season.
Measured oil, citrus, and zest on a kitchen counter.

A Few Ingredients

  • tangerines they are often labeled as mandarines. Another type of mandarine that can be used is clementines. In a pinch, use fresh orange juice.
  • olive oil – you can also use vegetable, canola, or avocado oil
  • lemon – fresh lemon juice is best but bottled can be used.
  • clove garlic
  • lemon zest
  • salt to taste
A glass bowl filled with citrus and oil mixture.

Just Mix!

  1. DRESSING. Tangerine juice, oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, and salt in a container. Seal and shake until combined.
  2. SALAD. Make the salad by tossing the baby greens, walnuts, feta, lemon zest, and apple together in a large bowl.

Recipe Tips

  • The peak season for tangerines is October to January.
  • Zest the lemon before juicing it. See the How to Zest a Lemon post for more tips.
  • Use pure maple syrup or honey to add sweetness.
  • Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard
An apple salad topped with citrus vinaigrette.

Storage Info

  • Make ahead of time. Make this citrus salad dressing up to 1-2 days in advance. Store it in a jar with an airtight lid and keep it in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake before using it.
  • STORE. This citrus vinaigrette recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in a mason jar or airtight container.
A glass jar filled with citrus vinaigrette.

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Citrus Vinaigrette

By: Lil’ Luna
This simple, bright citrus vinaigrette is ready in minutes with just a few ingredients for a perfect dressing or marinade!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 3 tangerines, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Make dressing by combining tangerine juice, oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest and salt in a container. Seal and shake until combined.
  • Make salad by tossing together the baby greens, walnuts, feta, lemon zest and apple together in a large bowl.

Notes

Make ahead of time. Make the dressing for this recipe up to 1-2 days in advance. Store it in a jar with an airtight lid and keep it in the refrigerator. Give it a good shake before using it.
STORE. The dressing for this recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in a mason jar or airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 132mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 453IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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