Honey Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing with Lime
Take 5 minutes to whip up this sweet and tangy honey ginger and lime vinaigrette dressing. You only need 5 simple and healthy ingredients to make it, but the result is a super delicious and nutritious homemade dressing. Use it for a variety of salads or even as a marinade in your cooking!
What makes or breaks a salad? The salad dressing.
In my opinion, a dressing can make all the difference. This is why I love coming up with a variety of healthy salad dressings and sauce recipes. Take my 3-Minute Lemon Olive Oil Dressing for example, or my 5-Minute Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing. They’re quick and simple, but play a big role when it comes to flavour.
The same goes for this Honey Ginger Vinaigrette recipe. It requires just a few ingredients, minimal equipment, and 5 minutes max. But despite it being so easy to prep, it’s punchy, tangy, and just sweet enough. Just the thing you need to liven up your salads!
This honey ginger lime dressing was originally created to pair with my Shredded Carrot & Bell Pepper Salad, but I encourage you to get creative and try out a variety of salad combos. Or use it to marinate your proteins!
What is a Vinaigrette Dressing?
A vinaigrette is made by mixing an oil with an acid, like vinegar or lemon juice. In the case of this Honey Ginger Vinaigrette, we mix extra virgin olive oil with freshly squeezed lime juice.
In addition to oil and acid, vinaigrettes often include other ingredients in order to enhance its flavour. This can be things like salt, pepper, herbs (fresh or dried), spices, and sweeteners like sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
In the case of our honey ginger salad dressing, we’re adding minced fresh ginger, honey, and salt to the oil and lime juice mixture.
The Benefits of Homemade Salad Dressing:
Making your own homemade salad dressing comes with various benefits, both in terms of flavour and health. Being a Registered Dietitian, I of course need to mention the nutrition benefits first.
- Nutrition Benefits: Making salad dressing at home means you have the opportunity to include fresh, nourishing ingredients. Like freshly grated ginger, fresh-squeezed lime juice (hello vitamin C!), and antioxidant-rich extra-virgin olive oil. It also means that you have more control over the ingredients used. This usually means less added sugar, saturated fat, and sodium – all things that we generally want to be mindful of in our diets.
- Allergen Control: Again, because we can control the ingredients, we can limit and/or omit things that don’t serve us. Whether you have food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions, you can easily make swaps to create a salad dressing that better suits you. For instance, if you are vegan and want to avoid honey, simply switch the honey in this recipe out for some agave syrup.
- Freshness & Flavour: When you make a vinaigrette like this at home, the ingredients are far more fresh and flavourful. You’re making it here and now, not bottling it up and storing it on a shelf for weeks before using.
- Less Waste: Store bought dressing can be wonderfully convenient, but it usually requires at least one, if not multiple pieces of plastic packaging. Homemade salad dressing can be made in reusable jars with reusable utensils, producing less waste.
Equipment You May Need:
- 8 ounce mason jars are my favourite for making homemade salad dressings because you can just seal and shake!
- If you prefer to make your dressing in a bowl, a mini whisk will surely come in handy.
- A citrus squeezer to make the most of your limes and get all of the juice out.
- If you’re going to hand-grate your fresh ginger, a microplane will help!
How to Make It:
Storing Homemade Honey Ginger Dressing:
The great thing about this homemade ginger lime dressing is that you can make it and store it in the same jar. It will keep well stored [sealed] in the fridge up to 1 week.
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Honey Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing with Lime
- Add olive oil to an 8-ounce mason jar.
- Squeeze the juice of the 2 limes into it.
- Add the honey, minced fresh ginger, and salt.
- Whisk everything together (or seal the jar and shake it) until well-combined.