Orange Mustard Vinaigrette

Sweet oranges, white wine vinegar and tangy whole grain mustard are the foundation for this versatile and unbelievably delicious Orange Mustard Vinaigrette. Use it year round in your salads or to level up your roasted veggies in the colder months and to raise your vegetable grilling game all summer long. The possibilities are endless with this simple little sauce that can do it all!

A glass jar of orange mustard vinaigrette next to a whisk, a bowl of tomatoes, a jar of mustard and a squeezed orange.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Orange Mustard Vinaigrette:

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    Let’s Make This Vinaigrette Together: STEP BY STEP

    Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list in the recipe card below

    Steps 1 & 2:

    Prepare all of the ingredients to make the vinaigrette: finely chop the garlic and roughly chop the thyme.

    Zest and juice the oranges and add them to a bowl along with the garlic, thyme, mustard, salt, pepper and cayenne. Whisk until the salt is completely dissolved.

    A cutting board with chopped garlic and thyme next to a glass bowl, a whisk and a citrus reamer.
    A cutting board, microplane zester, and citrus reamer next a bowl with orange juice, garlic, thyme and vinegar.

    Steps 3 & 4:

    While continuously whisking, slowly add the olive oil. Taste and adjust any seasonings to suit your taste.

    Transfer to a jar and serve or store in the refrigerator.

    A bowl with orange mustard vinaigrette ingredients whisked together.
    A glass jar of orange mustard vinaigrette next to a bowl of tomatoes.

    Pro Tip!

    When making a vinaigrette, always whisk the salt with the acid (in this case, oranges and vinegar) until the salt is completely dissolved and BEFORE adding the oil. Not only does the salt dissolve easier this way, but it also allows you to taste the full flavor of the vinaigrette and not make any mistakes, like over-salting it, when adjusting any of the seasonings.


    A glass jar of orange mustard vinaigrette next to tomatoes and a squeezed orange.

    Ways to Use This Vinaigrette

    This vinaigrette can be used in so many ways. It’s sweet and tangy and can compliment so many things.

    • Use it to drizzle over roasted vegetables like I did in this simple roasted cabbage wedge recipe.
    • Use it to dress a salad.
    • Use it over fresh, blanched or grilled vegetables – asparagus, zucchini, green beans or snap peas.
    • Use it in a pasta salad
    • Drizzle it over heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella

    Storage

    Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You can substitute Dijon mustard for the whole grain mustard, but I would not use any other kind of mustard.

    You can substitute a neutral oil, such as avocado oil, but the flavor really is best with olive oil.

    Yes! Parsley or rosemary, in particular, would be nice.

    I hope you love this Orange Mustard Vinaigrette! If you make it, be sure to leave a rating so I know how you liked it!


    A glass jar filled with orange mustard vinaigrette next to a whisk and a bowl of red tomatoes.

    Orange Mustard Vinaigrette

    Sweet oranges, white wine vinegar and tangy whole grain mustard are the foundation for this versatile and unbelievably delicious Orange Mustard Vinaigrette. Use it year round in your salads or to level up your roasted veggies in the colder months and to raise your vegetable grilling game all summer long. The possibilities are endless with this simple little sauce that can do it all!
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    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Course Sauce
    Cuisine American
    Servings 1 batch
    Calories 1118 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 2 oranges (zest and juice)
    • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
    • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
    • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (roughly chopped)
    • pinch cayenne (or to your taste)
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 cup olive oil

    Instructions
     

    • Into a bowl, add everything except the olive oil and whisk until the salt is completely dissolved.
    • Next, drizzle the olive oil, while continuously whisking, until completely combined.
    • Finally, taste and adjust any of the ingredients to your taste.  It’s important to note that oranges will yield a different amount of juice every time, so you may need to add more olive oil and salt and pepper if you have particularly juicy oranges, to balance everything.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 1118kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 110gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gMonounsaturated Fat: 80gSodium: 2661mgPotassium: 607mgFiber: 9gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 949IUVitamin C: 153mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 3mg
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