Using just 4 simple ingredients, this nourishing honey-lime vinaigrette dressing is packed full of citrus flavor, and healthy fats. Perfect for meal prep and ready in 2 minutes, it proves delicious salad dressing is easy to make at home!
This super simple honey lime dressing is so light and refreshing! With only 4 ingredients, you can dress up any dish in 2 minutes (or less). It’s versatile, flavorful and can be used year round. As a registered dietitian, I love to meal prep salad dressings and sauces to have on hand for the week (like this homemade green goddess dressing). They’re so easy to batch prep (just double or triple the recipe) and can be stored in the fridge for salads, roasted veggies or quick protein marinades throughout the week to help you get dinner on the table in no time… with a whole lot more flavor!
How to make Honey Lime Dressing
Honey Lime Dressing is really easy to make! All you have to do is whisk together your oil, lime (or any other citrus) juice and honey together in a small bowl. Add in your roughly chopped herbs like mint leaves and you’re ready to go!
What is the best oil for a citrus dressing?
I personally love using extra virgin olive oil for most vinaigrettes – and citrus ones are no exception. It adds the perfect touch of flavor without being overpowering. Plus, you get the benefits of powerful antioxidants, which are biologically active and can help reduce your risk of chronic diseases.
Can you substitute other oils instead of olive oil?
How many times have you reached for your olive oil only to realize you used the last few drops yesterday. The good news? You can totally sub almost any other oil into this dressing! The taste will be slightly different but it will still work.
If you want it to taste similar to the original, I recommend using a neutral, light-flavored oil like vegetable oil (think canola or grapeseed) so the other ingredients can shine.
Best Nutritious Oils for Salad Dressing
For additional health benefits you can also substitute your olive oil for one of the oils below :
- Avocado oil (I suggest using this one if you’re going to be baking or grilling as it has a high smoke point)
- Coconut oil or MCT oil for a coco-nutty flavor (delish with shrimp!) and medium chain fatty acids that provide our body with readily available energy
- Hemp, flax or walnut oil, all great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids (note— these oils will have a greater impact on the the flavor and have a low smoke point so I would only use these if keeping the dressing cold)
You can read all about the different nutrition properties, smoke points and more in this full post on comparing cooking oils!
How to Meal Prep Salad Dressings
You can meal prep any salad dressing! I often batch prep my creamy caesar salad dressing or healthy ranch dressing during my sunday prep and use it for salads and dips throughout the week. This recipe is designed to serve 6-8 so depending on how many mouths you’re feeding it may already be enough to last a few meals. If you’d like more servings than that, just multiply the recipe. (In the recipe card you can select to 1x, 2x or 3x the recipe automatically!)
This recipe works for both batch prepping (something like a large salad or a big batch or roasted veggies) or ingredient prep, where you can use it for multiple different dishes to mix things up a bit! I’ve shared some ideas on how to use it below!
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How to Store Homemade Dressing
Store in the fridge in an airtight container. I like to use mason jars or old recycled glass salad dressing bottles!
How long Does Homemade Vinaigrette Keep?
Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Typically, vinaigrettes can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Salad Typically, vinaigrettes (oil and vinegar based dressings) can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Salad dressings made with fresh ingredients like fresh herbs, will keep for up to 1 week. So if you want to meal prep this salad dressing for the full 2 weeks, add the chopped mint leaves later or right before you use it each time.
How to Use this Citrus Dressing
- Use it on your favorite salad. A few on the blog it is delish with are this Citrus Mint Salad and this Grilled Peach and Mozarella Salad with Jalapeno Shrimp
- Taco Salad or this Tepeh Salad Bowl
- Toss and roast veggies like carrots, radish or broccoli in this dressing for a fresh flavorful twist
- Use as a marinade for grilled fish, chicken or tofu
Nutrition Benefits of Honey Lime Dressing
Satiating fats: Gone are the days of seeing fats in our diet as the enemy. In fact, fat is the key to leaving us feeling satisfied after a meal AND is necessary to absorb many of the nutrients in the foods we eat (including Vitamins A, D, E and K).
Lime: Citrus helps our body absorb plant-based iron that is often found in leafy greens!
Honey: Especially if it’s raw, honey contains antioxidants from the plant compounds its pollen is taken from. Some honeys contain an equal amount of antioxidants as many nutritious fruits and vegetables do! Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals. Honey also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and was historically used in many medicines.
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Refreshing 2-Minute Honey Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
This simple four ingredient honey lime dressing is packed with flavor and comes together in just 2 minutes! Drizzle it on your favorite salad, roasted veggies or grilled chicken, fish or tofu!
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 large lime
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Pinch of salt to taste
- Optional: add ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- Cut your lime in half and use a handheld citrus presser to juice both halves of your lime in to a small bowl.
- If using raw or creamed honey, melt 1-2 tbsp of it in a small pot or microwave. Add into same bowl as your lime juice. If you’re using runny honey, pour 1-2 tbsp into the lime juice.
- Add your salt and pepper.
- Finely chop fresh mint leaves, add to bowl, and whisk all ingredients together. (If you want to keep this dressing in the fridge for longer than 1 week, add the mint leaves before each use).
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Salads, Main Dishes
- Method: Whisk
- Cuisine: North American
Keywords: honey lime vinaigrette, salad dressing, fresh herb dressing, refreshing sauces, citrus mint dressing
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