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Citrus Honey Salad Dressing

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This easy citrus honey salad dressing is a delightful topping for fresh fruit or a simple green salad.

Try this homemade dressing if you are looking for a fresh and bright recipe with sweet and tangy flavors that's easy to make.

A small white bowl with citrus honey salad dressing with a small silver spoon.

This lime honey dressing is so simple to make yet packs a flavorful punch! It can also make for a delicious dipping sauce for chicken tenders.

I love serving this dressing on green salads like our Easy Green Salad and our Spring Mix Salad. The sharpness of the dressing pairs well with salads with feta or goat cheese as well!

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Here are the basic ingredients you'll need for a honey citrus vinaigrette.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use a good quality olive oil as this is the base of the dressing)
  • Fresh Lime Juice (can be substituted for fresh lemon juice if necessary)
  • Lime Zest (you can substitute for lemon zest if necessary)
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt 
  • Ground Black Pepper

See the recipe card for quantities.


Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk briskly till fully combined.

Honey citrus salad dressing being mixed in a small bowl.

Use dressing to top at least 5 cups of greens.

Greens in a glass bowl, drizzed with a citrus honey salad dressing.

More Homemade Salad Dressings

If you like making your own dressings, try one of these favorites. You can make these in bulk and store them in mason jars, or make just enough for one salad!

Substitutions & Variations

Here are some optional swaps you can make to this recipe.

  • Citrus - instead of lime juice, you can use orange juice (and orange zest) or lemon juice. For a very pretty dressing, you could even use the juice of blood oranges!
  • Oil - you can swap the olive oil for avocado oil if necessary.
A silver spoon holding citrus honey salad dressing above a white bowl with the remaining dressing.


You can make this dressing ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I recommend allowing the dressing to come to room temperature before dressing a salad and serving.

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Yield: About 3 tablespoons

Citrus Honey Salad Dressing

A silver spoon holding citrus honey salad dressing above a white bowl with the remaining dressing.

You'll love the fresh and bright flavors of this simple citrus honey salad dressing recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • Zest of 1 lime 
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk briskly till fully combined.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 0g

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