Nectarine Vinaigrette

Nectarine Vinaigrette

Ingredients for Nectarine Vinaigrette

I’m going to apologize now for blathering on again about nectarines, because I’m totally going to blather on again about nectarines.

You see, I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with food—recipes, cooking, and eating in general—lately. I’m not sure what it is about summer, but the idea of spending time in the kitchen to cook just doesn’t excite me. Instead, I opt for fresh fruit, salads, pasta, bread, and eating out whenever possible.

And while all of those things make me happy in the short-term, I’ve been feeling a little lackluster in the long-term.

Nectarine and Apple Cider Vinegar

The only thing that has even gotten me remotely excited about making things? Nectarines.

Which is so odd, because I kind of don’t remember ever being this smitten over them before. So smitten, in fact, that a few days after talking about the nectarine + orange smoothies, I bought another 5lb box of nectarines.

Which has led me to ponder just how many is too many when it comes to eating nectarines each day.

Canola oil and black pepper

On Friday night we were invited to a very special Shabbat potluck, run by our friend Sarah, over at Choderwood Riverhouse & Urban Sustainable Homestead. I knew that nectarines had to be involved somehow.

I had signed up to bring a salad, so that narrowed down the somehow slightly. And instead of just chopping them up and adding them to the salad, I decided to try out a fruit-based vinaigrette.

Holy. WOW.

Nectarine Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette was exactly right.

Sweet with a tangy bite.

And so damn delicious that I’m not sure I ate anything else. (Okay, I did. There were cupcakes from Vanilla.)

Nectarine Vinaigrette

Even if you’re not nearly as obsessed with nectarines as I am, do yourself a favor and make this dressing. It’s the perfect summer salad topper. It would even be delicious as a marinade for fish or chicken.

I’m even contemplating dipping some fresh-made, fresh-from-the-oven bread straight into the jar. I bet that would be heavenly.

Nectarine Vinaigrette on Salad

Ingredients for Nectarine Vinaigrette

Homemade Nectarine Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 -12
Author Emily Levenson |


Small batch:

  • 1 nectarine pitted and chopped (removing skin is optional)
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or other light oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of salt

Bigger batch:

  • 2 nectarines pitted and chopped (removing skin is optional)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or other light oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch of salt


  1. Combine nectarine chunks and apple cider vinegar in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Transfer to bowl or jar and add oil, pepper, and salt.
  3. Whisk (shake, if in a jar) to combine.
  4. Drizzle on top of your favorite salad.
  5. Eat.
  6. Enjoy.
  7. Lick the bowl clean.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free.

Salad with Nectarine Vinaigrette

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I am no cook. But I have a father-n-law who took up an old hobby (loves to plant orchards) and now we have nectarines … galore. This recipe looks ideal. Thank you.

  2. Wow, this was so good! I’ve been looking for some great unsweetened, but sweet dressings for summer salads, and this hit the spot. And boy oh boy does grilling bring out the sweetness of the nectarines.

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