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Friday, August 10, 2012

The BEST Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe that is so easy to make! It's so easy to make you won't need to buy store bought vinaigrette.

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (1)

I have a new found love for Lemon Vinaigrette after having a side salad atFleetwoods On Maui.

They made a fabulous butter lettuce side salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette dressing. With executive chef Scott Leibfried of Hells Kitchen you know the food was divine!

So for the first meal back at the good old homestead I decided to reconstruct the lemon vinaigrette.

I am now even more in love then I was the first time I tried it, and it made an amazing marinade for the Salmon I will post later.

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (2)

Mix 1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice and 1 cup Olive Oil in a shake-able container. Add water and shake well.

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (3)

Press 2 cloves Garlic into vinaigrette.

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (4)


  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Basil

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (5)

Shake well, taste and add 2 tablespoons Water for a milder dressing if you have strong lemons. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Enjoy over the top of your favorite salad or as amarinadefor fish or shrimp.

A few favorite Salad Recipes that are delicious with Lemon Vinaigrette you also might love are:

  • Salmon Nicoise Salad
  • Tuna Berry Mango Avocado Salad
  • Roasted Shrimp Asparagus Orzo Pasta Salad
  • Apple Salad with Candied Hazelnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette

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Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (6)

Lemon Vinaigrette

The BEST Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe that is so easy to make!

Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice, About 2 Large Lemons Fresh Squeezed
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme, Dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil, Dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, Fresh Ground
  • 2 tablespoons Water


  1. In a shake-able container like a mason jar add lemon juice, and olive oil. Shake well.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except water, and shake until well combined. Taste dressing, and add water if lemon is too strong.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use and enjoy over your favorite salad or as a marinade for fish or shrimp.



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  1. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (8)

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction8/10/2012 02:47:00 PM

    This sounds wonderful! I love lemon and garlic together!


  2. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (9)

    I love this for a fish marinade! Excellent :)


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    Swathi8/10/2012 07:41:00 PM

    Freshly made vinaigrette always best. Love the flavor they add to the salad.


  4. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (11)

    Marie 8/10/2012 09:51:00 PM

    Red wine vinaigrette is my favorite! This one sounds yummy too!


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    What's Baking??8/11/2012 05:36:00 AM

    This is a wonderful dressing. Thanks for sharing.


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    Abby8/11/2012 08:22:00 AM

    Oh I love this! And later in winter it will be the perfect memory of summertime :)


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    suzyhomemaker8/13/2012 06:42:00 AM

    This sounds great. I have done a lemon ginger vinaigrette but not with garlic. Lemon as a base is great for summer. So light and refreshing!


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    Jennifer Kendall8/13/2012 11:20:00 AM

    that sounds like a delicious dressing!


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    Anonymous8/14/2012 07:35:00 AM

    What a fantastic vinaigrette! How long do you think it would last in the fridge?

    Stopping by from Makin' You Crave Monday (#53 Beef Burgers with Bacon and Red Onion)

    Amber @ The Cook's Sister



    1. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (17)

      I believe it should last a week in the fridge in a covered container with no problems! Have a fabulous week!


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    Theresa7/08/2015 12:45:00 PM

    Lovely recipe I can't wait to try. Pinned & shared.


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    Anonymous7/12/2015 03:05:00 PM

    We have so many lemons on our tree, can hardly wait to try this recipe!


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    Anonymous7/21/2016 10:08:00 PM

    When I put it in the fridge the olive oil hardens up, can I leave it on the counter?



    1. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (22)

      I feel it's safer to store it in the fridge and just remove 20 minutes before using, you can also place the jar in some warm water to help the olive oil return to room temprature faster. Thanks,Serena


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    Unknown12/27/2020 05:35:00 PM

    This is delicious. I put it on everything especially salads and roasted vegatables.


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    Imacraftr510@gmail.com12/29/2020 11:13:00 PM

    Thank You For Sharing😊G-d♥️Bless


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    Anonymous11/13/2022 07:03:00 PM

    Can I use vegetable oil? Wills is produce the same results?



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      Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch11/14/2022 07:24:00 AM

      Yes, it will just lack the flavor olive oil adds. Thanks, Serena


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    Anonymous8/01/2023 12:24:00 PM

    In your instructions with the pictures you say to add the water with the lemon and EVOO but then in your list of ingredients and THOSE instructions you say not to add the water. Which one is it?



    1. Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe (28)

      Shake the dressing, taste and add the water if your lemons are strong to make it milder. Not everyone likes too tart of lemon and some lemons have a lot more flavor or can be more over powering then others.. Some also are so mild the water isn't needed. Sorry for the confusion. I updated the recipe card and must have missed that line in the step by step directions when I made the adjustment to the recipe based on feed back. Thanks, Serena


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What is lemon vinaigrette made of? ›

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe Ingredients

Fresh lemon juice – To make it zippy and bright! Extra-virgin olive oil – It gives the dressing body and richness. Garlic – It adds a nice kick. Dijon mustard – For tangy depth of flavor.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making vinaigrette? ›

12 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Making Homemade Vinaigrette
  • Estimating measurements for all ingredients. inspiredbyart/Shutterstock. ...
  • Using the wrong oil. ...
  • Using the wrong vinegar. ...
  • Leaving out the emulsifier. ...
  • Skipping the mustard. ...
  • Forgetting to check expiration dates. ...
  • Not using fresh herbs. ...
  • Using vinaigrette only on salad.
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Why is my lemon vinaigrette bitter? ›

While lemon zest can up the lemony flavor of your vinaigrette, it will also leave it with a bitter flavor. It's best to stick with just lemon juice and skip the zest.

What is the formula for vinaigrette dressing? ›

The French have decided that the perfect ratio for a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. For my personal taste, that's a little too oily — but it's totally up to you. My simple system is: In a small screw-top jar, place vinegar and a pinch of salt; cover and shake (this helps to dissolve the salt).

What is classic vinaigrette made of? ›

Put the mustard, vinegar and olive oil in a jar and season. Shake vigorously to mix. Store in a cool place (not the fridge) until ready to use. Use for all your salads or try one of our recipes, right.

What is house vinaigrette made of? ›

The standard house dressing is a combination of vinegar, oil, garlic, herbs, and a touch of sugar, but each restaurant has its own method, proportions, and add-ons.

How do you cut the bitterness out of a vinaigrette? ›

Sweetness balances out acidity, spice, and bitterness. A salad composed of bitter greens may benefit from a sweeter dressing. But sweetness can come from sources other than one-note white sugar; consider honey, pureed dates, maple syrup, jam, or molasses as sweeteners that also add flavor and mouth-feel.

Why does homemade vinaigrette go bad? ›

How Long Does Homemade Vinaigrette Last? Traditional vinaigrettes, like the balsamic version listed below, will last longer—sometimes up to a few weeks. However, anything with fresh garlic should be consumed within a few days, as the combination of garlic and oil can form harmful bacteria over time.

What is the stabilizer in a vinaigrette? ›

An emulsifier is used in a vinaigrette to stabilize the oil and vinegar. Common emulsifiers include egg yolks, soy lecithin, and mustard. These ingredients all include lecithin--the stabilizing compound. In many vinaigrettes, mustard is the go-to stabilizer.

What goes on first oil or vinegar? ›

First Oil, Then Vinegar. It's somewhat akin to the old Far Side adage, "First Pants, Then Shoes." If you add the vinegar first, the oil slides off and ends up in a puddle at the bottom of the bowl, instead of coating every leaf. 3 to 1. This is the standard ratio of oil to vinegar: three parts oil to one part vinegar.

Does homemade lemon vinaigrette need to be refrigerated? ›

While oils and vinegars don't need to be refrigerated on their own, once you add in ingredients like fresh-squeezed citrus juice, mustard and garlic to make a homemade vinaigrette, it's a good idea to pop any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Which vinegar would give the most flavor to a vinaigrette? ›

Balsamic vinegar

One of the most complex and flavourful vinegars, balsamic is also versatile—it can be used as an ingredient within a recipe (marinades, soups and braised dishes, full-flavoured vinaigrettes) or reduced to a sauce. More refined, aged versions can be drizzled on fruit or cheese.

What is vinaigrette dressing made of? ›

In general, vinaigrette consists of 3 parts of oil to 1 part of vinegar whisked into an emulsion. Salt and pepper are often added. Herbs and shallots, too, are often added, especially when it is used for cooked vegetables or grains. Sometimes mustard is used as an emulsifier and to add flavour.

Is vinaigrette a healthy dressing? ›

Some of the healthiest types of salad dressings include: Vinaigrettes: These dressings are made with a mixture of oil and vinegar, and are usually lower in calories and fat than creamy dressings. They can also be high in antioxidants and other nutrients, depending on the type of vinegar used.

Is vinaigrette healthier than dressing? ›

"The higher fat, higher calorie creamy dressings such as Caesar, blue cheese or ranch pack about 110-120 calories and 12g fat per 2 tablespoons, which is almost double of some vinaigrettes," says Harris-Pincus.


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