Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted. Fresh-squeezed lemon is whisked together with lemon zest, oil, mustard, and seasoning to make a dressing that brightens any salad.

lemon vinaigrette salad dressing in a glass jar with a cutting board with sliced lemons. Garlic cloves and a towel are in the background

One of my goals for this year is to be more strategic in all the areas of my life, from motherhood, to working, to keeping the house. 

Essentially, I want to be more present in each thing at one time. So here I am, being super strategic and getting a bunch of recipes and photos knocked out of the blog. 

I was so proud of myself for starting 2020 accomplishing one of my goals that I so humbly posted a picture of this super delicious kale salad on my Instagram.

And then I realized I totally forgot an ingredient I wanted to add. Insert forehead slap. 

When I start getting boastful, it’s funny the ways that God is like “hey lady, settle down.” I’m glad he keeps me humble! But even without the forgotten ingredient, the recipe was delicious, because really, this lemon vinaigrette dressing stole the show.

It’s so dang good. Super refreshing and light, but also packed full of flavor.

I can’t get enough. I will be drizzling this dressing over all my salads.

lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass dish on a marble counter top

Tips For Making Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

  • The mustard you use will change the flavor a bit. I used dijon mustard, because I like the lightness of flavor. 
  • Use a good quality olive oil or avocado oil for the best flavor and for health purposes. Don’t use a refined oil, like canola, corn, vegetable, soy, etc. These are not healthy, and contain too many omega 6s. 
  • For a touch of sweetness, I add a little bit of honey. If you are watching your sugar intake or doing a sugar fast, you can totally leave it out.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled.

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Tools you may need:

Garlic mincer: this is one of my most favorite kitchen tools.

Whisk: you could also just throw everything in the blender and blend it up.

Bowl

Juicer– I actually don’t have one of these, but it would make the process even simpler.

Microplane for zesting

How To Make Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. Zest a lemon, then slice the lemon in half and juice. 
  2. Mince garlic. I like to use my garlic mincer for this to make it super easy.
  3. In a bowl, add mustard, garlic, honey, lemon zest, salt and pepper. bowl of lemon vinaigrette dressing ingredients including lemon zest, honey, dijon mustard, and garlic
  4. Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice and stir.adding fresh squeezed lemon juice into a bowl with honey, lemon zest, dijon mustard and seasonings
  5. Slowly add in olive oil while whisking. Taste and adjust salt if needed.adding olive oil to a bowl of other ingredients to make homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing
  6. Top your favorite salads with this delicious dressing. Drink it. Bathe in it. I won’t judge. lemon vinaigrette dressing being poured over a salad

FAQ:

Does lemon vinaigrette need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Due to the fresh lemon juice, garlic, and lemon zest, this recipe needs to be stored in the refrigerator

How long does homemade lemon vinaigrette last?

If you don’t consume it all immediately, this dressing will last 4-7 days in a sealed container. The appearance may lose some brightness.

Is this recipe gluten free?

Some mustards contain gluten, in order ensure that this recipe is gluten free make sure you are choosing a mustard that is gluten free.

 

Other healthy recipes you may enjoy:

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

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lemon salad dressing in a glass jar. A cutting board with lemons behind it

Lemon Vinaigrette

This lemon vinaigrette dressing is a burst lemon freshness and is the best salad dressing I've ever tasted.
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • Garlic mincer
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tbs honey
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Zest a lemon, then slice the lemon in half and juice. 
  • Mince garlic. I like to use my garlic mincer for this to make it super easy.
  • In a bowl, add mustard, garlic, honey, lemon zest, salt and pepper. 
  • Add fresh-squeezed lemon juice and stir.
  • Slowly add in olive oil while whisking. Taste and adjust salt if needed.
  • Top your favorite salads with this delicious dressing.

Notes

  • Want more to save for later? You can easily double this recipe.
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week.
  • The mustard you use will change the flavor a bit. I used dijon mustard, because I like the lightness of flavor. 
  • Use a good quality olive oil or avocado oil for the best flavor and for health purposes. Avoid refined oils, like canola, corn, vegetable, soy, etc. 
  • Add honey for sweetness or leave it out.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 175mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon vinaigrette, lemon vinaigrette dressing
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