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Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Simple, healthy, and ready in 5 minutes, this Lemon Vinaigrette will soon become one of your favorite go-to salad dressings! Olive oil is blended together with fresh lemon juice, zest, honey, mustard, and a touch of fresh herbs to make this light and refreshing recipe. It’s the perfect homemade dressing to drizzle on your favorite spinach, kale, or quinoa salads during the Spring and Summer months!

Course dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 180 kcal


  • ½ cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice fresh
  • 2 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard or yellow
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp. thyme finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt


  1. Add ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
  2. Alternatively, you can whisk together ingredients in a bowl or shake until incorporated in a mason jar.
  3. Store lemon vinaigrette dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week between servings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can use a mini-prep food processor, NutriBullet blender, or a Vitamix with similar results.
  • Each serving is roughly 2 tablespoons of salad dressing.
  • Use stevia liquid extract in place of the honey or leave it out completely if on a low-carb or keto diet.

Pro Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh lemon juice.  The bottled kind does not have as much lemon flavor and can be more acidic tasting compared to fresh.
  • Zest before juicing.  It's always easiest if you zest citrus before cutting it in half and juicing.
  • Sprinkle in a little lemon zest.  The zest of citrus has so much more flavor than the juice and will up-level the lemon flavor.
  • Don't forget the herbs.  Whether thyme or any other type of fresh herb, this ingredient really takes the lemon vinaigrette over-the-top!
  • Emulsify by blending.  Quickly blending the ingredients in a Nutribullet or other blender will help the ingredients to completely emulsify and combine together.  (Something a bowl and a whisk simply cannot do!)
  • Double the batch.  Want to eat a salad all week?  Simply double the batch and have it ready to enjoy all week long!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.