Balsamic Orange Avocado Oil Vinaigrette


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You know how people say that you shouldn’t cook with a wine you wouldn’t want to drink?  I have decided the same should hold true for cooking oils!

Since I write about food and develop recipes on a daily basis, if I realize there is a mainstream or up-and-coming food I have not tried, I make a point of fixing that.  A while back, I entered the world of millet and was pleasantly surprised.  More recently, as I learned about the health and cooking benefits of avocado oil, I began experimenting with it as well.

The brand of avocado oil I have come to love, and which my husband claims he can taste in the recipes I make–in a good way!–is Chosen Foods.  If you pour a little bit on a spoon and taste it, it is delicious.  For those who may not be fond of avocados in general, the oil does not carry the same flavor.  Importantly, the growing and cold pressing processes create an oil that is entirely pure and high in antioxidants with heat stable fatty acids.  (See the helpful cooking chart below.)

If you try avocado oil, use it wherever you would olive oil or vegetable oil.  It may be used in baking as well as stovetop cooking, offering excellent moisture and flavor.

Basic vinaigrettes allow the full-bodied avocado oil to truly shine.  The following recipe is one that I look forward to every fall, when freshly picked beets are plentiful at our local farmers markets.  One of my favorite salads (click here for the recipe) pairs roasted beets with a simple yet sublime combination of nuts, cheese, and greens.  Tossed with the following dressing, this salad becomes a hearty, healthy, satisfying meal.

Balsamic Orange Avocado Oil Vinaigrette
This dressing has a thick, luscious texture that belies its simplicity. Avocado oil is a flavorful substitution to the more frequently used olive oil and is a perfect match to the flavor of orange. We enjoy the vinaigrette on a variety of salads incorporating beets, yet this particular citrus flavor pairs equally well with orange vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

Yields 1 1/3 cup (recipe may easily be halved).
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  1. 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  2. 1/2 cup Chosen Foods avocado oil
  3. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon honey (see notes)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill
  1. Allow the orange juice concentrate to sit on the counter long enough that you can scoop out the desired amount. It does not have to be completely thawed.
  2. Whisk together the avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl or jar. Add the orange juice concentrate and whisk until throughly combined and emulsified. If using a jar, you may screw the lid on tightly and shake well.
  3. Store in the refrigerator. Dressing will keep for a week or more.
  1. I have also made a stripped-down version of this vinaigrette, using only the first three ingredients. While that version is delicious, too, and you may wish to try it, the honey and seasonings round out the flavors nicely.
  2. You can refreeze the orange juice concentrate for later use. I have made this recipe with regular orange juice and, while tasty, the concentrate creates a thicker, more flavorful dressing that emulsifies beautifully.
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Smoke Points of Common Cooking Oils

  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil – 500° F
  • Canola Oil – 435° F
  • Virgin Avocado Oil – 400° F
  • Virgin Olive Oil – 375° F
  • Virgin Coconut Oil –  350° F

Avocado oil can safely be used to sear, BBQ, stir-fry, deep-fry, roast or bake. And because of its mild, nutty flavor its the perfect oil for salad dressing and sauce, too.

If you are interested in additional information on avocado oil, click on this link to Chosen Foods, the brand I use regularly.  If interested in trying, the oil is widely available at Costco and may also be purchased through the above link.

Beet Salad with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

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  1. Linda Bailey

    Avocado Oil. . Can’t wait to make my vinaigrette’ s and fry my chicken (the only thing I fry anymore) well, maybe fried green tomatoes and fried apricot pies …Yumo!

  2. Cathy

    What’s funny is I was just looking at the avocado oil in the grocery store and thinking hhmmm…..what should I make with this. Thanks! I will try it.

  3. Lynne M Meyer

    Omigosh, avocado oil?? That sounds amazing! Avocados are among my all-time favorite foods — so delicious and healthful — and I just know that the oil would be fantastic too.

  4. Barb

    I love Avocado’s! I would love to try this oil. I can just taste it on a plate of sliced tomatoes with sliced garlic, a wee bit of salt and drizzled with Avocado oil. Yum!


    Never heard of avocado oil before, but would definitely use if it is good. Would love to share this with new oil with friends & family. Always looking for heart healthy foods and oils.

  6. Regina Littles

    I have never heard of avocado oil but would love to try it on a salad and even in my hair. Might even try cooking with it. Love trying new healthy choices and ideas. Thanks in advance.

  7. Jennie Staal

    Avocado oil is one oil I haven’t tried as yet. Love the fruit and would love to try the oil. Great information on your site

  8. jenn s

    I have been looking to try a good quality, safe avocado oil. I have wondered if it would be good in salad dressings. I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for a chance.

  9. Genevieve

    I’ve used avocado oil in my hair but it never occurred to me that I could cook with it! I’ll be trying this vinaigrette recipe soon. Thanks!

  10. Jenny Winter

    There’s a local restaurant here in wv called Tbe Dish, that makes avacado brownies. They use real avacado and avacado oil to make it a healthier choice. Its absolutely delish and you can’t taste the avacado at all. I’d love to have a bottle

  11. Robin Chesser

    I would love to try Avocado oil, I’ve heard of and used many different oils but haven’t heard of nor tried Avocado oil. It would be interesting to try it in dressings and using it as a substitute in my baking applications calling for vegetable oil!

  12. Jan Vukonich

    Would LOVE to try this- I love avocados and I just came across this post- “liked” your Facebook page and just started following you on Pinterest! 🙂

  13. Christina

    This dressing is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It sounds like something I had in a Japanese restaurant on its salad dish. My friend was raving about it and I will share this recipe with her.
    And that means, I would need avocado oil for it, right? 😉

  14. Gail

    I do love avacados and always have them in the house. I just have never thought of useing the oil but now i would love to try it

  15. Theresa Meehan Currie

    I’ve not seen Avocado Oil in our local stores. I am looking for an oil that I can use in sauteing, cooking and baking. I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a lot of my cooking but not baking. I’ve quit using, Canola and Safflower because of the GMO factors. I would love to win a bottle to try it !!!

  16. Janet Reeves

    I have never heard of avocado oil until now. Thank you for posting the smoke points. I have been using olive oil for everything, including frying & sauteing, which sets the smoke alarm off regularly. This is a must try!

  17. Cheryl Callahan

    I adore avocados! I eat them with lots of things and also just slice them open and eat them with a spoon. I dont believe i have ever heard of avocado oil but i would love trying it! We quit using veg oil years ago and dont care for olive or peanut oil. I bet this is delicious! And the recipe sounds fabulous!! Will look for this also at Organic Market!

  18. Leigh Bardell

    I want to thank you for hooking me up with the link to this avocado oil! I just love the stuff and haven’t been able to find it in Lancaster . . . . last time I checked at Costco they didn’t have it, so I didn’t look again. I use avocado oil for cooking & drizzle it on my salad.

  19. lisa

    I would love to win a bottle of the Avocado Oil, I love anything Avocado, just moved to Florida like 3 months ago and have been more conscience of what I am eating & trying to lose weight & so far I am now doen 31 lbs.

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  21. Louise

    So much good press has been given to avocadoes, so progressing to avocado oil is not only natural but healthy as well. Plus, I like the switch from other oils whose provenance is questionable.

  22. Kari M

    It’s no secret, I love, love, love avocados! I’ve got to admit it though, I’ve not cooked with avocado oil. Putting that on my must do list! 😉

  23. Norine Robinson

    Sounds wonderful! I love avocados, and eat 1/2 each day with lunch. This would be a great change from EVOO, which I love, too!

  24. Debra

    This salad dressing recipe sounds delicious and somewhat exotic. I’m always looking for a salad dressing that is different and since I’ve never used Avocado oil, I would be delighted to win a bottle.

  25. Patty Gigliotti

    Just came across Avocado oil at Costco last week – never heard of it before – I have tried in a couple of chicken dishes and enjoyed it! I will try your dressing recipe and look forward to many more dishes – I will need that free bottle to keep on cooking! 🙂

  26. Meg

    Guac rocks but a healthy salad should always be fashionably dressed in avocado oil with a tangy touch of orange. This is definitely avoca-DO – and fatty, artificially sweetened salad dressing are avoca-DON’T.
    It’d be the pits if you don’t pick me. 🙁

  27. sondra

    never heard of it til now sounds great for health & flavored food love to win it if not i’m looking to find it to try

  28. Martha Brochu

    Would love to add this healthy oil to my collection of cooking oils….it must have a wonderful flavor since I love avocados I know I would love this oil…

  29. Shannon M

    Would love to try…been too expensive for us to “test” so far. Waited for reviews…what better than to review it ourselves!

  30. Lisa

    This is my first experience with The Fountain Avenue Kitchen. A friend on fb sent the link. Can’t wait to try the recipe on Pumpkin Muffins. Would love to try this avocado oil, sound wonderful.

  31. fara

    The best and healthiest oil in the market to use for sure,Im using it for the past two years and I am very happy, hope to win it

  32. Mary Lou Keller

    I received the avocado oil yesterday and what a nice size it is! I need to make this dressing soon.. and of course try the salad. Maybe I can even get my husband to like beets. 🙂

    Again, thank you Ann for this terrific opportunity to try something new!

  33. Cathy

    Ann, they now have Avocado Oil at Costco! It was only $7.99. Same brand. I did not buy it, although I am thinking about it. I would love to know exactly what you use it for.

    1. Ann

      Hi Cathy,
      Thank you for the great information, including the great price! I have been using this oil for some time exactly as I use olive oil. As of yet, I have found nothing for which I would use olive oil for which I wouldn’t use avocado oil. If you have any specific questions that I didn’t address, feel free to ask.

  34. Pamela Walk

    I have just discovered avocado oil. I made a vinaigrette with 2 parts avocado oil, 1 part balsamic vinegar, about 6 grape tomatoes, and some salt. I whipped it together in my Ninja blender and it tastes so good!!!

    1. Ann

      I love your tomato vinaigrette, and I bet it’s extra delicious with the avocado oil. Thanks for the great suggestion, Pamela!

  35. Suzanne

    I’d never even consider using canola oil. We learned that Day 1 in my Holistic Nutrition MS.
    I would squeeze my own fresh orange juice instead of using the frozen concentrate.
    I’d love to try Chosen Foods Avo Oil.

    1. Ann Post author

      I do love avocado oil as an option, Suzanne, and I bet freshly squeezed orange juice would be perfect.