This flavor-packed, Whole30-compliant Citrus Vinaigrette with Thyme comes together in minutes and is far healthier AND cheaper than store-bought dressings.
Citrus Vinaigrette with Thyme will turn an ordinary salad into something extraordinary!
I love salads! Especially in the spring and summer when there’s an abundance of fresh an delicious veggies available. However, like most, I’m not a fan of boring and tasteless salads. I need variety, I need change and I need a dressing that’s delicious and healthy, too. This Citrus Vinaigrette with Thyme is one of my go-to’s. I love how the citrus flavors pairs perfectly with the thyme and garlic. In fact, we use a very similar dressing when making our popular Brussels Sprouts Salad as well as our Arugula Salad with apples, almonds, quinoa and goat cheese. This dressing is easy to make and will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It also works well as a marinade for grilled chicken, salmon and cod. So good!Add flavor to your salad with this @Whole30 Citrus Vinaigrette that comes together in minutes. Click To Tweet
If you’re trying to reduce your grocery bill? Give DIY dressings a try!
I do my best to stick to my monthly grocery budget that my husband and I have set. Making homemade dressings is one way I’ve been able to reduce my grocery bill. A bottle of healthy organic dressing that isn’t made with inflammatory oils can cost $5-10! While I do like the convenience and know that there are some really great options available, it’s one thing I’ve decided to make on my own at a much lower cost. Each weekend, as part of my meal prep, I make a couple of different salad dressings and store them in a mason jar in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week.
Chock full of healthy fats.
Making homemade dressings gives you full control over what kind of oils you use as store-bought dressings are often made with cheap, inflammatory, highly-processed oil. No thanks! I recommend extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. Both are extremely healthy, anti-inflammatory oils that do the body good. In addition, fats are needed to absorb the fat-soluble nutrients that are present in vegetables so tossing a salad in a healthy, homemade dressing is always recommended. Fat-free dressings are just plain wrong….and bad tasting.
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Citrus Vinaigrette with Thyme
- 1 orange, juiced (~1/3 cup)
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1 1/2 tsp. fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)
- 1 tsp. dijon mustard (whole30 compliant) or yellow mustard
- 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup (OMIT for Whole30)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 Tbsp. finely minced shallots)
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup avocado oil or olive oil
- In a small food processor or blender, add all of the ingredients and blend until well combined. May also whisk ingredients together.
- **Because no vinegar is used in this recipe, using a blender or food processor really helps to emulsify the ingredients so that they stay blended. You may need to run the dressing under warm water if oil solidifies and then give it a good shake to mix.
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- Serving Size: 2 Tbsp. (1/10th of recipe)
- Calories: 139
- Fat: 15 g
- Sodium: 50 mg
- Carbohydrate: 1 g
- (Sugar: 1 g)
- Protein: 0 g
Out of curiosity, do you make your own salad dressings and if so, what is your favorite one to make?
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