Citrus Vinaigrette

This is a tart and tangy citrus vinaigrette that goes with the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. This recipe is extremely simple to make. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can whisk in the extra virgin olive oil until it’s completely incorporated. This is perfect on a simple salad, or even use it as a marinade for grilling.

Citrus ingredients are extremely common in the Mediterranean Diet. Both sour and sweet, citrus fruits contain a number of amazing health benefits and have been used for flavor and medicine for thousands of years. First and foremost, citrus is a significant source of Vitamin C. Just a small grapefruit or the juice of 1 lemon has all the Vitamin C you need in one day! Beyond that, citrus is also high in many other compounds such as magnesium and B vitamins plus containing anti- inflammatory compounds.

In the flavor sphere, citrus is a great enhancer of other flavors. Depending on what kind of citrus fruit you use, you could either be adding sweetness to a dish like in Koula Barydakis’s recipe for Orange and Lemon Potatoes or a bit of sour like in our Sizzling Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe. This vinaigrette is the best of both worlds. Not only do the juices have a good range of flavor, the addition of the zest gives this dressing and extra zip! We hope you enjoy this delicious and traditional dressing.

citrus vinaigrette

Citrus Vinaigrette

Chase Sobelman
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 163 kcal


  • 1/8 cup juice of an orange
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Combine citrus juice and zest, salt and pepper in a blender. Turn on blender and slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil.


Serving: 2TbsCalories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gSodium: 97mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 12IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Citrus Vinaigrette
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About the Author: Chase Sobelman
Chase is currently the Managing Director/Executive Chef of Franklin and Murray Colleges at Yale University. She graduated in 1998 from The Arts Institute at the New York Restaurant School. She has worked at restaurants such as Nobu and Next Door Nobu (3 Star NY Times), Tribeca Grill, Roy’s New York, and Schaeffer City Oyster Bar and Grill.


  1. Gale January 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    This is delicious!

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