Orange Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

This salad dressing by Rancho La Puerta is a lovely citrus vinegar and oil recipe perfect for your summer salads, fish and seafood.  It combines orange juice, oil and vinegar and wonderfully flavorful herbs — basil, cilantro, and thyme.  If you are not a fan of cilantro, substitute parsley — the other herbs are flavorful enough to make up the difference.


Orange Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipes: Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed tangerine or orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large leaves fresh basil, chopped (1 tablespoon)
  • 6 sprigs cilantro, stemmed and chopped (1 tablespoon) cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  1. One hour before serving, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Taste for salt.
  3. Serve immediately over greens.
This vinaigrette recipe is best mixed an hour before serving to allow the flavors to marry. Toss it over vegetables and greens for a healthy summer salad.
Bowl of Oranges (c) Rakratchada Torsap


Rancho La Puerta Destination Spa has been welcoming guests for more than 70 years, in Baja, Mexico.  Rancho La Puerta translated means “Ranch of the Door.”  A Ranch vacation invites you to “open your door” to a healthier, more balanced life.

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