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Lemon Vinaigrette

This light and fresh honey Lemon Vinaigrette is a simple way to dress up your salad greens -- with just 5 minutes and a few pantry staples!
Course condiment, Salad, Sides
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword homemade vinaigrette, honey lemon vinaigrette, lemon vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon
Calories 89.5kcal
Author Blair

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • For serving: salad greens

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.
  • Place salad greens in a large bowl. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Drizzle with just enough dressing to moisten, toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Store the lemon vinaigrette in a jar or other container with an airtight lid so that you can easily shake it up before using.
  • You should refrigerate the vinaigrette to prevent the growth of bacteria or mold. The lemon vinaigrette will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you add extra fresh herbs, I would recommend keeping the vinaigrette for just 1 week.
  • To maximize the amount of juice that you get from your fresh lemons, roll the lemon on the counter (pressing gently with your palm) before cutting and juicing.
  • The amount of juice that you extract from 1 lemon will vary depending on the particular fruit; however, in general 1 lemon yields about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. As a result, you will need about 1 ½ lemons for this recipe.
  • For a creamy lemon vinaigrette, reduce the olive oil to ¼ cup and use ¼ cup of mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt. You can thin the dressing, as desired, with cream or half-and-half.
  • For a stronger, more prominent lemon flavor, add ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest to the dressing.
  • Add your favorite fresh herbs to the dressing. Oregano, dill, chives, parsley or basil would all be delicious!
  • For a sweeter dressing, use two tablespoons of honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 89.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.3g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 4.9mg | Sugar: 1.1g