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This homemade citrus vinaigrette dressing is a light, delicious, healthy way to flavor a salad. It’s so easy to make!
This month’s Recipe Redux theme is one of my favorites. It’s all about DIY recipes. There are so many store-bought foods that are healthier, tastier, and less expensive when they’re made at home.
I have a whole chapter in my cookbook, Conquering Your Kitchen, about DIY staples you should make at home. From yogurt to taco seasoning to pizza sauce, if you can make it from scratch, I probably do. It usually takes just a few minutes of your time, and the results are far superior to what you can buy at the store.
But I have a confession to make. I actually love store-bought salad dressing.
This is one category of Recipe DIY that I’ve been slower to embrace. Jars of Italian and ranch dressings are my downfall. But as I look at the ingredient lists on packaged dressings and see their long lists of unrecognizable ingredients, I know there has to be a better solution.
So I’ve experimented in the kitchen and developed some homemade dressings that I actually like. This citrus vinaigrette recipe is one of my favorite light dressings, and it’s super easy to make at home. It takes just five minutes, and the ingredients can be shaken up in a jar right before dinner. My children like it, too, and the bright flavors help motivate them to eat their veggies.
- 1 tbs medium shallot diced
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs lime juice
- 2 tbs orange juice
- 2 tbs pure maple syrup
- 2 tbs water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place all the ingredients in a jar. Cover tightly, and shake to combine the ingredients well. Taste the dressing and add more maple syrup or salt if needed.
- Use immediately to dress a salad, or store the dressing in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for several days.
Citrus Vinaigrette Price Breakdown
This recipe costs $1.45 to make, or $.18 per serving (2 tablespoons). Try this delicious Citrus Vinaigrette for a healthy salad dressing that doesn’t come from a jar.
I don’t know how 1/3 cup of olive oil in a dressing amounts to 1.45 personally and that’s why I don’t make dressings at home, I can’t afford the oils.
Here’s my price chart, which shows the breakdown of cost per ingredient: https://realfoodrealdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Price-Chart-December-2014.pdf
Try using less olive oil in the vinegarette recipes. Also buy a bottle of olive oil when on sale.
This sounds like the perfect light summer dressing! And what a beautiful color 🙂
home dressing are the best!!