Tangy, zesty, and bursting with vibrant citrus flavors, this Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe is like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer’s day, infusing salads with a burst of sunshine and zest. Crafted with just a handful of fresh ingredients, this versatile concoction embodies simplicity yet packs a punch of zippy flavor, making it a staple in any kitchen repertoire. Toss it with greens for a simple side salad, drizzle it over quinoa, or our personal favorite way, pour over pan fried salmon.

We’ve all been there, thinking we know our friends-who they are, what they stand for, their values. Then in a mere moment, a whisper, really, your perfectly formed image shatters.

It happened to me a few weeks ago when I casually opened the refrigerator door at my friend’s house. Dozens–dozens!– of half empty store-bought salad dressings. I closed the door slowly, without touching any of them, and casually asked if they had any lemons.

Theatrics aside, I was surprised to see so many commercial salad dressings in the home of two foodies with a magazine-worthy home garden. Homemade salad dressing tastes fresher, is totally customizable, doesn’t have all the unreadable preservatives and emulsifiers, and takes minutes to whip up.

If you only know one salad dressing, it should be a basic lemon vinaigrette recipe. Lemon vinaigrette dressing is bright, it’s zippy, it’s got that tang that makes your taste buds sing.

No Special Tools Needed

Just remember, one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil. Use any measuring size you want– even that old souvenir shot-glass from that time you went to Las Vegas. One shot lemon juice and two shots olive oil.

Add salt and pepper and any extras. Think fresh or dried herbs, drops of garlic juice from a crushed clove, minced shallot, freshly grated parm.

Help the dressing stay emulsified and boost flavor and nutrients with a glob of dijon mustard and a blop of honey. There are no rules here. Do you.

The magic of lemon vinaigrette is not just taste and personal identity. It’s a simple condiment with surprising health benefits that support our well-being from the inside out. It’s also so easy to make.

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Ingredients

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing?

  • Citrus: Lemon juice is a powerhouse of vitamin C. This essential nutrient is crucial for a healthy immune system, helping our bodies fight off illness and recover from injury. It’s also a potent antioxidant, protecting our cells from damage and inflammation, both linked to chronic diseases. It’s often available year-round.

    • Clever Tip: If you find a deal in peak season, you can even freeze ice cube size lemon juice portions for later use.

  • The Good Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, the base of a classic, basic lemon vinaigrette, is a healthy fat– our bodies need some fat to thrive. If your food budget allows, find the freshest olive oil you can.

  • Beyond the Basics: Lemon Vinaigrette can be a vehicle for incorporating other beneficial ingredients into your diet. Dijon mustard adds a touch of heat while providing selenium, which supports thyroid function and metabolism. A drizzle of honey adds sweetness and a touch of prebiotics that promote gut health.

The Gut-Health Connection to Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

At this point, we all know about the importance of gut-health. A balanced gut is linked to a stronger immune system, improved digestion, and even better mental health.basic lemon vinaigrette, with its combination of prebiotics from honey and the digestion-aiding properties of olive oil, can help keep your gut happy.

Customizing Lemon Vinaigrette for Wellness Needs

The beauty of this lemon viniagrette recipe lies in its adaptability. Need a boost of iron? Toss in some chopped kale or spinach. Want more antioxidants? Add a handful of berries. Feeling sluggish? A sprinkle of black pepper can help your body absorb nutrients more effectively.

Quinoa & Kale Grain Bowl with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Lemon Vinaigrette is Attainable Wellness (In Your Control & In Budget!)

Face it, there are companies making a lot of money selling us “wellness” in a bottle. Basic lemon vinaigrette is humble and simple, and it deserves all the accolades. You are in control. Take a few minutes to whisk or shake together fresh ingredients, breathe in the invigorating lemony aroma, and know exactly what you are putting in your body.

Beyond the Salad Bowl

  • Marinate Wild-Caught Salmon: Marinate wild-caught salmon with a lemon vinaigrette infused with fresh herbs for a flavorful, omega-3 rich meal.

Clever Tip: Fresh wild-caught salmon can be splurge, look for canned salmon that can be added to a big bright salad.

  • Vegetables: Drizzle it over roasted vegetables.

  • Grilled chicken or Tofu: Dip grilled chicken or tofu in a basic lemon vinaigrette spiked with garlic and herbs.

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe

Author: Melissa Canales
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
Tangy, zesty, and bursting with vibrant citrus flavors, this Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe is like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer’s day, infusing salads with a burst of sunshine and zest.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Just remember, one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil. Use any measuring size you want– even that old souvenir shot-glass from that time you went to Las Vegas. One shot lemon juice and two shots olive oil.
  2. Add salt and pepper and any extras. Think fresh or dried herbs, drops of garlic juice from a crushed clove, minced shallot, freshly grated parm.
  3. Help the dressing stay emulsified and boost flavor and nutrients with a glob of dijon mustard and a blop of honey. There are no rules here. Do you.
  4. The magic of lemon vinaigrette is not just taste and personal identity. It’s a simple condiment with surprising health benefits that support our well-being from the inside out. It’s also so easy to make.
To Make Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
  1. Add 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
To Make Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette
  1. 2 minced garlic cloves
To Make Lemon Shallot Vinaigrette
  1. 1 minced shallot
To Make Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette
  1. 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
 

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