Orange Ginger Vinaigrette is the perfect solution for your healthy salad needs. This low-fat dressing has a delicious orange flavor with a touch of ginger. It’s perfect for topping any salad, from greens to fruit salads.
Imagine this with me. You are tracking well on your health goals. You decide that you want a delicious salad for lunch or dinner. So you load the salad with nutritious greens, hearty vegetables, nuts or seeds. Sounds great…until it’s time to add the dressing.
There are so many hidden calories in salad dressings. In fact, some dressings can contain more calories in them than the entire salad. Talk about a quick way to ruin your health goals.
Most dressings in the grocery store are loaded with unhealthy fats or taste bland, so it can be hard to find a light and tasty dressing that you can feel good about eating.
This homemade citrus ginger dressing is the solution you need. It is easy to make in 5 minutes. We love serving this citrus dressing on this Asian chicken salad because it is light and fresh.
Why not try this delicious healthy ginger dressing for your next salad? The combination of flavors will make you want to eat salads every day!
You can trust this recipe because the ingredients you see below are healthy and fresh. Grab the food processor or blender and get ready to make an amazing orange ginger dressing!
- Oil – The original recipe uses canola oil. Feel free to substitute with your favorite types such as sesame oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Just know that changing to a stronger flavored oil can change the flavor profile of this dressing.
- Rice Vinegar – Vinegar is an essential ingredient for any salad dressing. It adds a refreshing twist to otherwise boring greens.
- Fresh Orange Zest and Juice – 1 large navel orange is all you need to get that citrus flavor this recipe is known for. The fresh orange zest and juice make for a salad dressing with the perfect tang.
- Ginger – Ginger adds a nice little kick to the dressing. Add more or less depending on the spice that you like.
- Honey – Honey is a great addition to any salad dressing. It adds sweetness and acts as an emulsifier.
- Minced Garlic – There is nothing like the taste of fresh garlic to make your salad dressing really pop.
- Sea Salt – Just a pinch of sea salt is enough to finish off the seasoning of this orange dressing.
Preparing the Dressing
This Orange Ginger Vinaigrette can be made in 3 easy steps. You may find this so easy that you will never buy store-bought dressing again!
- Combine all the ingredients in a food processor.
- Pulse until smooth and blended together.
- Pour into a jar and then onto your salad.
Simple Tip – If you do not have a food processor you can just combine the ingredients into a mason jar and shake well. Blending simply keeps the ingredients from separating so easily.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have this on the Optavia meal plan?
Optavia allows a condiment with their lean and green meal plan. One serving of this Asian orange ginger dressing equals one condiment.
How do I store this dressing?
Store this orange ginger vinaigrette in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
How else can I use this vinaigrette?
This dressing with orange and ginger flavor makes a great marinade for chicken or steak. You could also add it on top of fish or shrimp tacos for an extra fresh zip.
Can I substitute the honey with a different sweetener?
Yes you can. The honey counteracts some of the tartness in this dressing. You could leave it out or substitute with a low calorie sweetener of your choice.
Other Lean and Green Meals
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon orange zest (from 1 large navel orange)
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed juice
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Pinch of sea salt
- Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Pulse until blended and smooth.
- Store in an airtight container.
- You can also use a Mason jar to shake the ingredients together if you do not have a food processor. The texture will be a little bit chunkier.
- For those following Optavia, one serving will count as one condiment.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g