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Sweet Tart Blood Orange Vinaigrette with Shallots

Sweet, savory, and tangy all in one–this blood orange vinaigrette with shallots recipe is deliciously tart and full of flavor! This festive blood orange salad dressing will brighten up the flavors of any mid-winter salad greens.

bowl of salad with blood orange viniagrette pouring on it

Blood orange is hands down my favorite mid-winter seasonal flavor. Minnesota winters can be quite drab, but finding blood oranges at the grocery store in January is the silver lining to the cold and gray. Reframing winter into “blood orange season” certainly makes me more excited about it!

I love blood oranges so much more than regular oranges. The bold, tart flavor of blood oranges is something I look forward to all year long.

Outside of snacking, I like finding other ways to use blood oranges. I’ve come up with a creamy, refreshing blood orange dressing that is perfect for drizzling on your favorite greens for winter salads. 

While the sweet-tart flavors of the blood orange are the star of the show, the shallots, garlic, and Dijon mustard balance out the sweetness with savory notes. It’s super easy to make, and the best part is the beautiful pink-orange ombre color. You’re going to love this dressing!

bowl of salad next to glass of salad dressing

Ingredients

To make this tangy blood orange vinaigrette with shallots, you need the following simple ingredients:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Good quality olive oil is among one of the healthiest choices for oil, and it’s the base of almost all of my homemade salad dressings. The healthy fats found in olive oil help you absorb the nutrients from your greens. If you need an alternative, choose a 100% pure avocado oil.
  • Fresh Blood Oranges​ – You need two blood oranges to squeeze the amount of juice you need for the recipe. You will also zest one of the oranges.
  • White Wine Vinegar -White wine vinegar is a lighter-tasting vinegar flavor that won’t overpower the blood orange juice.
  • Honey â€‹- A little bit of honey is necessary for sweetness. The blood orange juice isn’t quite sweet enough on its own. Without honey, this dressing is much more savory.
  • Dijon Mustard – One teaspoon Dijon mustard helps emulsify the dressing, acting as a stabilizer between the oil and the vinegar/orange juice. It also adds tangy flavor.
  • Shallots – Shallots, an aromatic, add savoriness to the dressing.
  • Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder – For flavor.
blood orange vinaigrette ingredients, labelled on gray backdrop

Instructions

Whipping together this blood orange vinaigrette couldn’t be easier. Follow the steps below:

zesting orange into jar of olive oil on countertop

1. Zest Orange

Add 1/2 cup olive oil to a pint-size mason jar or small bowl. Wash one of the blood oranges. Using a zester, zest the orange into the jar of oil. You want about 1 tsp of zest.

squeezing blood orange into jar

2. Juice Oranges

Slice the blood orange you just zested into quarters and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. Quarter the second orange and squeeze the juice until you reach 1/3 cup blood orange juice. Use a spoon to remove any seeds that fell in while juicing. Add the juice to the jar of oil.

pouring spices into glass jar

3. Add Other Ingredients

Add the white wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, finely diced shallots, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to the jar.

holding glass jar of dressing

4. Shake to Combine

Put a cap on the mason jar or bowl and shake vigorously until the honey and mustard are fully dissolved into the dressing. You’re dressing is ready to serve!

This dressing is so good. Make sure you give it a good shake before pouring. The juice will sink to the bottom as it sits, so you will want to make sure it’s well-mixed.

Tips & Variations

If you don’t have white wine vinegar, use red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. I would avoid heavier vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar, so the flavor doesn’t compete with the blood oranges.

If you don’t have shallots, you can use red onion, but I would cut back to 1/2 tablespoon since they have a stronger flavor. Alternatively, you can just leave them out. They add a nice savory note, but they can easily be omitted if needed.

If your grocery store doesn’t carry blood oranges, you can make this dressing with navel or cara cara oranges, however, the flavoring won’t be as tart. But it will still be delightful.

​If you can’t find blood oranges but want a tart & tangy dressing, try my Honey Lemon Vinaigrette or my Balsamic Citrus Dressing.

bowl of salad next to glass of salad dressing

Serving Suggestions

My favorite way to eat this simple vinaigrette is on spring mix or seasonal winter greens, such as kale. Top with feta cheese or goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, and garnish with blood orange slices.

Want to try some other salad recipes made from winter greens? Try my winter kale salad and my copycat Chick-fil-A Kale Salad.

winter kale salad with pomegrantes and apples in platter with winter foliage in corner
overhead view of chick fil a kale salad with wooden salad tongs

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 6-8 servings, depending on how much dressing you like. For 1/6 of this recipe, the nutritional info is as follows:

  • Calories: 179
  • Protein: 0
  • Fat: 18 grams (2.5 grams saturated)
  • Carbs: 5 grams

If you would like to see the nutritional breakdown for 8 servings, that can be found in the recipe card below.

Recipe Notes

Store extra dressing in an airtight container, such as the mason jar with lid that you mixed it in, in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. 

The oil may solidify in the cold temperature of the refrigerator. To remix, remove from the fridge an hour or two early so it can warm up. Then you can shake to remix. You can also set the jar in a bowl of warm (not hot) water.

FAQ

What does blood orange taste like?

Blood oranges taste like a deeper, more complex navel orange. They have some tart floral notes that are just delightful.

Are blood oranges healthier than regular oranges?

All oranges are healthy choices! That said, blood oranges get their distinct color from an antioxidant called anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is linked to the prevent of many diseases.

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5 from 1 vote

Blood Orange Vinaigrette

This beautiful blood orange vinaigrette is tangy, tart, sweet, and savory all in one dressing!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus vinaigrette, healthy vinaigrette, vinaigrette
Servings: 8
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 blood oranges to squeeze for 1/3 cup juice
  • zest from one of the blood oranges
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp shallots, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Add olive oil to a pint-size mason jar. Wash one of the blood oranges thoroughly, then zest the outside of the orange into the jar of oil. You can zest anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 of the orange, depending on its size. Aim for around 1 tsp of zest.
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, zest from one of the blood oranges
  • Quarter the blood oranges and squeeze the juice into a separate jar or cup and measure out 1/3 cup juice. Remove any seeds that fall in while juicing. Pour the juice into the jar of oil.
    2 blood oranges
  • Add the white wine vinegar, honey, dijon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and shallots. Put a lid on the jar and shake vigorously to mix.
    2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp shallots, finely chopped

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Notes

Store in the mason jar with a cap in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
If the oil in the dressing starts to solidify in the cold, remove from the fridge an hour before you want to eat it so it can warm up, then shake to remix. You can also set the jar in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, then shake.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Very delicious. Made a great dressing for a big green salad I served to some friends who came over for dinner. everyone loved it!

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