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Super simple citrus salad dressing ready for use.

Easy Citrus Salad Dressing Recipe

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy-to-make citrus salad dressing is flavorful, colorful, and gives your salad the freshness it deserves. When you try this, you will never go back! And did I mention that goodness is immune-boosting as well? Homemade salad dressing is by far better than store-bought and made with the ingredients you already love.



1 orange (juiced; makes ½ orange juice)

1 lemon (juiced; makes ¼ lemon juice)

¼ cup olive

1 tablespoon (honey; substitute with maple syrup)

12 cloves of garlic (grated; optional)

½ teaspoon salt (always add salt according to your taste or doctor’s order)

¼ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)

1 tablespoon of orange zest (optional)


  1. Zest the orange.
  2. Squeeze the juice out of lemon and orange using a squeezer.
  3. In a mason jar, add all the ingredients: salt, pepper, turmeric, honey, freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon juice, grate in the garlic, and olive oil. Then cover the mason jar, and give it a very good shake. Taste and adjust appropriately, enjoy!

Another way to make this:

  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl except the oil.
  2. Then start whisking the ingredients while slowly pouring the oil into it. I have made this recipe using these different methods, and they work each time!


Do not use store-bought orange juice and lemon juice for this recipe. Try as much as possible to use fresh; it makes a whole lot of difference.

This could last up to two weeks, as long as it is tightly covered and refrigerated.

You may add some Dijon mustard if you wish; it will thicken it just a little bit more. This salad dressing by itself is light and lovely, so do not expect a thick dressing with this recipe.

I usually do not add zest all the time because of the kids. They seem to love this dressing when it is clearer.

If using a small squeezer quarter, the lemons and oranges to properly fit.

Feel free to add a little more honey to your taste.

  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Squeezing
  • Cuisine: Universal

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