Garden Salad With Orange Vinaigrette

Garden Salad With Orange Vinaigrette

Simple Garden Salad Elevated

Who doesn’t love an easy salad?! Orange vinaigrette is my favourite light citrus salad dressing recipe and it goes so well on a garden salad. And by garden, I mean any little bits of fresh greens or veggies you find growing in your yard as you prepare dinner. One of my favourite salads because often, especially early in the year, I only have a little bit of this and that and the sweet tartness of orange brings everything together beautifully.

Citrus Salad Dressing on a Composed Garden Salad
Citrus Salad Dressing on a Composed Garden Salad

Composed Salad For The Win

By walking through the garden with a bowl and picking a few leaves of lettuce and kale, a little watercress, a radish or two and some peas, all of a sudden I have a lovely salad for 4! My garden may look pitiful sometimes but when I put this simple offering of fresh vegetables on the table, it suddenly looks impressive. You can toss and serve this in a bowl, but to really elevate your beautiful garden greens, serve them as a composed salad on a big plate. Simply arrange in a circle or a straight line across the plate and drizzle dressing over top.

Composing A Salad Elevates Simple Ingredients Making them Shine
Composing A Salad Elevates Simple Ingredients Making them Shine

Best Orange Vinaigrette

Orange vinaigrette is a lovely versatile dressing that goes well on a variety of salads. A little sweet, tart and barely salted, this pairs well with mild lettuces and peppery ones too. (Try it with a little goat cheese and watercress in the spring!) I particularly like this on a salad with peas (snap peas or shelled peas work equally well) and have been known to use thawed frozen peas in the winter.

Fresh Oranges Make The Best Orange Vinaigrette
Fresh Oranges Make The Best Orange Vinaigrette

I almost always have various bright citrus fruits in my kitchen. For this I use one large orange, cutting half for juice and half pared into small wedges for garnish. A touch of honey highlights the natural sweetness. Next a little extra acid is added with a squish of fresh lemon and a dash of red wine vinegar, then tempered with a little pepper for a simple salad dressing with a depth that keeps you coming back for more. (As a side note, although it’s not common, do you know you can grow oranges and other citrus here in Canada? For more information, check out the amazing and inspirational Garden on Salt Spring Island, BC)

Fresh Citrus For Orange Salad Dressing
Fresh Citrus For Orange Salad Dressing

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Easy Garden Salad With Orange Vinaigrette
5 from 8 votes

Orange Vinaigrette

Delicious orange salad dressing is quick and easy. Fresh, bright citrus flavours with a mild sweetness to complement mild garden greens and tender vegetables as well as peppery greens like nasturtium, watercress and arugula. Top your salad with some delicious tangy goat cheese to make it a meal! This will dress salad for approximately 6-8 servings.

Course Dip, Dressing, Salad, Salad Dressing, Vegetable, Vinaigrette
Cuisine canadian
Keyword citrus, Dip, garden, orange, Salad, Salad Dressing, Vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Sabrina Currie


  • 4 tbsp Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Each, Salt and Pepper
  • *Optional: 1/2 tsp chopped fresh Thyme or Parsley


  1. Mix orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar and honey together honey is fully incorporated.

  2. Whisk in olive oil, salt and pepper and herbs if using until blended and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

  3. Toss with 8 cups of seasonal greens and fresh vegetables sliced thinly. Alternatively, sprinkle this over individual composed salads.

  4. Store any leftover dressing in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.

Want More Salad Inspiration?

Check out some of my other favourite salads:

Carrot Apple Ginger Dressing

Fresh Fig and Fennel Salad with Prosciutto

Arugula Salad with Hazelnuts and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Zucchini Salad with Feta and Hazelnuts

Thai Flank Steak Salad

Have a great day and let me know below if you’ve tried and loved any of these recipes!



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15 thoughts on “Garden Salad With Orange Vinaigrette”

  • 5 stars
    Don’t you love it when you can pick a salad right out of the garden? Your composed salad loves so pretty and that vinaigrette is perfect on a summer salad.

  • 5 stars
    oh gosh this sounds delicious! Orange dressing with feta cheese, yes plesase! I’m a big believer in making my own salad dressings and this one is going on my list.

  • 5 stars
    I so agree, fresh citrus is the key to making beautiful, flavorful, fresh salad dressings. This sounds so perfect, I can’t wait to put it on my next salad.

  • 5 stars
    What a gorgeous presentation! I’m in the same boat right now where I just have a little bit of everything coming up…. well, except for cucumbers, which are beyond plentiful at the moment. I love the way you’ve added edible flowers for a pop of colour, and that orange vinaigrette sounds like the perfect way to let all that fresh garden bounty shine. I just wish the climate here in Ontario was good enough to grow our own oranges!

    • One of my favourite things about my garden is my edible flowers. They truly elevate every dish they adorn. In fact I wrote an article for Edible Vancouver Island Magazine on just that! Cheers Isabelle!

  • 5 stars
    I’m not sure what I love more – the delightful, bright dressing in all its citrusy goodness, or your fantastic presentation! It’s so good to have a go-to dressing recipe to work with, and citrus vinaigrettes never go wrong! Beautiful job.

    • Wow, thank you so much Sean, that means a lot coming from you. I love your beautifully presented dishes!

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