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.
Florida Lemon Vinaigrette
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 fresh 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 in 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 (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 in 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 in 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
1 Tablespoon of fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
1 Tablespoon of rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons of Safflower oil
2 Teaspoons of honey
Add the first four ingredients in a bowl and whisk in the Safflower oil. Add the honey and whisk.
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