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Citrus vinaigrette

Citrus Vinaigrette - The All-Purpose Dressing

The magic all-around dressing that makes anything it touches delicious. Fresh lemons, oranges and xanthan gum are the secret to this super quick and easy vinaigrette
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 499kcal
Cost: $6


  • Immersion Blender
  • Measuring cups


  • 100 ml lemon juice 2-3 medium lemons
  • 50 ml orange juice 1 orange
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/16 tsp xanthan gum
  • 100 ml olive oil extra virgin and high quality
  • 100 ml peanut oil or any other neutral oil (not coconut oil)

Sweating the Shallot

  • 60 g shallot about one medium sized shallot
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps water


  • Slice the shallot into a julienne (thinly sliced longways). Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and heat over low medium-low heat.
    Slicing the shallot into a julienne cut.
  • Once the pan is hot add the onions and turn down to low heat. Add the 2 tbsp water and a pinch of salt. Cook slowly for about 5-10 minutes taking care that the shallot does not brown at all. This is called sweating.
    Adding the shallots to the heated pan
  • The shallots will look translucent like this when ready. This step removes the raw onion flavour and sweetens the shallots slightly.
    Finished, cooked shallots that look translucent.
  • Add everything together and blend.
    Blending everything with an immersion blender
  • My citrus vinaigrette needed a squeeze of lemon and small pinch of salt to finish it, but this is all personal preference.
    Store in a squeeze bottle or mason jar. Keep for no more than one week.
    Citrus vinaigrette


If you don't have shallots you could use white onions instead.
If you've made a vinaigrette without xanthan you know that you have to slowly add the oil into the acid otherwise it will split. With xanthan you can add everything at once and blend as long as you have an immersion blender.
You can omit the sugar if you want a healthier dressing.
Be careful when measuring xanthan gum as it is super powerful. Don't over measure this.
Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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