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Authentic Florida Vinaigrette Recipe

When you are in the mood for something healthy, nothing beats Florida farm lettuce and a light, flavorful vinaigrette to complement the greens.  We have several recipes using Florida citrus -lemons, oranges, and even grapefruit.  They add a certain tangy flavor to the dressing that shouts “fresh” for spring and summer salads.  Use them for marinades, too. Read on to check out our Florida Vinaigrette Recipes!

Florida Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe


This vinaigrette is our go-to choice for almost any night.  The fresh lemon juice completely enhances the fresh lettuce.  We usually triple the recipe so we have plenty on hand.




  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. of Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Pour the lemon juice into a bowl and add the olive oil, mixing with a whisk. Add Dijon mustard also whisking to emulsify. Mix in the lemon zest, salt & pepper.


Florida Orange Vinaigrette Recipe (we often use this as a marinade)


Just for something different, we change it up and use orange juice to add a different flavor.  This is a very light dressing. 




  • Juice of 1 large Florida orange
  • 4 Tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • ¼ Cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Pour orange, rice vinegar into a bowl and whisk in the vegetable oil.  Whisk in the honey and salt/pepper.


White Wine Vinaigrette


If we are making an extra-special meal, we’ll use this.  The wine adds some depth of flavor.




  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • ¼ Cup fresh squeezed lemons (2-3 lemons)
  • ¾ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Pour the wine lemon juice into a mixing cup and pour in the olive oil, whisking. Then add the honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk.


Soy Citrus Vinaigrette (we often use this as a marinade)


If we are making an Asian inspired dish and have a salad as part of the menu, we use this to complement the meal.




  • 3 Tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons of Safflower oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • 2 Teaspoons of honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar

Add the first four ingredients into a bowl and whisk in the Safflower oil.  Add the honey and whisk.


Looking for more fresh Florida recipes? Check out: Authentic Florida’s Delicious, Summer Kale Salad Recipe.


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