Bright Lemon Vinaigrette

This Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing will brighten any salad with its fresh flavors! Made from fresh lemon juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, minced garlic, and lightly sweetened with maple, this dressing is super easy to make (ready in 10 minutes!) and sure to impress.

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FRESH Vinaigrette Dressing

Is there anything better than a FRESH salad dressing?! We have LOTS of great homemade salad dressings here on Fit Foodie Finds, and our newest to the club is this bright lemon vinaigrette. It’s perfect for everything from winter-y citrus salads to fresh summer salads enjoyed on the patio. Plus, it comes together with 8 whole ingredients and a few shakes of a mason jar, and it’s ready to serve.

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Salad Dressing Pantry Staples

We like to keep a few pantry staples on hand at all times just in case the homemade dressing mood strikes. They are:

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup
  • Tahini
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Now all you’ll need is a salad to pair with this delicious lemon vinaigrette dressing you’ve whipped up. Here are some ideas to get you inspired that would pair well when subbing in a lemon vinaigrette for whatever the recipe calls for 😀

Salad Recipes for Lemon Vinaigrette

Does Lemon Vinaigrette Pair Well with More Than Just Salads?

The short answer is YES! The flavors of lemon vinaigrette make it super versatile to use for everything from dressing salads (obviously) to marinades to dips and pasta sauces. Some of our faves include:

  • Marinade: Place a few chicken breasts in a glass container and pour on some of this lemon vinaigrette. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and boom, you’ve got lemon chicken ready to go.
  • Dip: Use this dressing as a dip for sliced veggies or chicken nuggets.
  • Pasta and Pasta Salad: Get festive with your pasta or pasta salad and make a bright lemon-inspired dish!

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What is Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Made of?

Healthy lemon vinaigrette dressing is made with the combination of:

  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Maple syrup
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper

How Long Does Lemon Vinaigrette Last?

Since our homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing has no additives and does use fresh lemon juice, this dressing will last around 3-5 days in your refrigerator.

How do I Store Homemade Salad Dressing?

Store this lemon vinaigrette in the mason jar you made it in, or pour it in another small jar with a sealable lid to ensure it stays freshy fresh in your fridge!

Is Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing Good for You?

While store-bought lemon vinaigrette dressing likely has added sugar and shelf-stable additives, this homemade lemon vinaigrette is for sure good for you! It’s made with whole ingredients, fresh lemon juice (which has such great flavor!), and no refined sugars.

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Recipe

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

This Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing will brighten any salad with its fresh flavors! Made from fresh lemon juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, minced garlic, and lightly sweetened with maple, this dressing is super easy to make (ready in 5 minutes!) and sure to impress.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Author: Lee Funke

Yield: 4 servings (~1/2 cup) 1x

Category: Dressing

Method: No Bake

Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a jar.
  2. Close the lid and shake until combined.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ~2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 129
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 88
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0