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Lemon Vinaigrette

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Lemon Vinaigrette - a light, refreshing homemade salad dressing.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
A small glass pitcher filled with lemon vinaigrette; salad in the background.

Lemon Vinaigrette – a light, refreshing homemade salad dressing. Give this a try and you may never go back to bottled dressings!

We always need good, basic recipes don’t we? And one of the most basic recipes you could have at hand is a light, fresh citrus vinaigrette.

A small glass pitcher filled with lemon vinaigrette; salad in the background.

I’ve always preferred making my own salad dressings anyway – they’re more economical and just plain taste better than bottled. Plus, I can have a different dressing any time I want without half used bottles cluttering up my fridge.

This delicious Lemon Vinaigrette is full of fresh flavors. And not only is it wonderful as a salad dressing, I often drizzle it over steamed vegetables (it’s great on asparagus or green beans) and even on broiled fish.

This is a versatile recipe that can be adapted to most any citrus you might have on hand. I’ve used it to make orange, tangerine, even grapefruit vinaigrette (which is wonderful on any salad with avocado in it!). For this post, I served it with a very simple salad of tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese.

Give this a try and you just may never go back to bottled dressings!

How to Make Lemon Vinaigrette

A lemon partly zested with a grated on a cutting board.

For this dressing, choose a juicy lemon with bright yellow, unblemished skin. Zest and juice the lemon.

Pouring oil into a mixing bowl with dressing ingredients.

Mix together the apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. (Note: because this vinaigrette doesn’t use mustard like a traditional vinaigrette, it won’t emulsify well. Be sure to re-whisk or stir well before serving each time.)

May be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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A small glass pitcher filled with lemon vinaigrette; salad in the background.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette – a light, refreshing homemade salad dressing.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • Juice of a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Mix together the first six ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually whisk in the olive oil.

Notes

Note: because this vinaigrette doesn’t use mustard like a traditional vinaigrette, it won’t emulsify well. Be sure to re-whisk or stir well before serving each time.
May be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. 5 stars
    Will use this on seafood salad, sweet peppers, roasted potatoes as well as your suggestions!! ❤️

  2. Why don’t you ? Try my Mexican lemon vinaigrette, it’s so different and it is not so bad.We use it with a plain of salad greens, with chunks of tomato, onions, green pepper,cucumber, avocado and some fresh radishes.
    1/2 cup white vinegar
    juice of 2 green lemons
    2 to 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder to your taste
    any vegetable oil, we use corn oil, about 3/4 cups more or less
    Shake and it’s ready.
    Sometimes you can make some changes and mix some mustard, honey or a raw tomato in the blender, a thousand things your mind imagines.
    As you can see my English is from a Mexican lady, hope you understand me.

    1. Oh, that sounds delicious, Aida! I would love to try it, but I one question. When you say “green lemons” do you mean the standard yellow lemon that has not yet become ripe?

      Also – I understand your English very, very well :-) You’re doing better than me, because I can’t say any Spanish!

      1. Hello Lana , thank you for getting in contact with me, I enjoy very much your recipes.

        It’s been a short period of time that we get yellow lemons in Mexico and very expensive, (I use to smuggle a few from the US.) now you can buy one big yellow and you get 10 small green lemons for the same price and the taste is very different, sometimes I like more the green ones but maybe because I am use to it, and the yellow ones they call them here “Limón Americano” because it’s more sweeter.

        So to have the Mexican taste you need green ones and to have International taste you use Yellow ones.

        If you like to eat “Ceviche” that’s very easy and it’s just delicious and you use almost a 1/2 kilo of green lemons divided, first you put 1 Kilo of raw fish in regular edible pieces for 4 hours to marinate in lemon juice to cover completely, then you throw away the juice.

        For the vinaigrette:
        1 cup or more Ketchup, Lemon juice, a few drops of worchester sauce, Chili sauce and 1/2 cup Olive oil mix it to taste for salt and in the meanwhile do the ceviche with the fish, 1 big onion finely chopped, (1 or 2 or 3 Jalapeños chilies ) chopped, 2 to 3 big firm tomatoes and 1 avocado chopped some parsley and a lot of Cilantro, and the rest of the lemon juice, mix everything together with the vinaigrette, let rest for 30 min before you eat it for the flavors to mix.

        You eat the ceviche with saltines or salted crackers. You can use any kind of fresh fish, keep it always at the fridge when marinating and the chili ? it depends if you like it too hot.
        Bon appetite !

      2. Thank you, Aida! I always enjoy hearing other people’s recipes – especially ones from other countries!