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Lemon Dijon Dressing

September 30, 2021

easy lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass mason jar with a spoon and fresh herbs

This lemon dijon dressing combines lemon juice, mustard, oil, and maple syrup or honey for a simple versatile dressing that will add flavor to salads, grains, and more.

easy lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass mason jar with a spoon and fresh herbs

about this dijon lemon dressing

This vibrant lemon vinaigrette dressing is so simple and will elevate anything from a classic arugula or kale salad, to a hearty quinoa bowl, to simple grilled salmon.

Lemon is such a fantastic, healthy ingredient that we use it often, including some of our favorites like Lemony Egg Salad, Crockpot Lemon Chicken Chowder, Lemon Herb Pulled Chicken and Simple Lemony White Bean Dip.

It’s worth making your own dressings at home because you can adjust the flavors to your palette, and can control the quality of ingredients including the oil and added sugar.

top down view of ingredients for a lemon salad dressing

process & tips

The beauty of this lemon dijon vinaigrette is that it comes together easily in a mason jar. 

Shaking the ingredients together in a jar helps bring the dressing together, and cuts down on clean up, plus can be stored in the same jar reducing dishes even further.

ingredients & substitutions

For the most juice, look for lemons that give a little when squeezed gently.

For maximum juice, gently roll the lemon on a countertop prior to squeezing. 

I recommend using kosher salt for this vinaigrette, but if you use table salt you might need to adjust the amount up or down. As always, salt to taste.

Be sure to look for a good quality Dijon mustard to give this dressing the best flavor.

Honey or maple syrup can be used interchangeably in this recipe. 

I like the flavor of honey with the lemon, however maple syrup will also work.

Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil if you have it for the best flavor. 

If using honey this recipe will not be vegan. Omit the maple syrup altogether for a Whole30 option.

small bowls with lemon slices and salt and other vinaigrette ingredients

how to use lemon dijon dressing

Of course, you can use it as a salad dressing!

It works well with mixed greens, arugula salad, kale salad, grilled or roasted asparagus, and as a dressing for pasta salad or quinoa salad.

Also works well as a dressing for hearty quinoa or brown rice bowl recipes for adding extra flavor.

Can double as a delicious marinade for chicken and pairs nicely with salmon.

Good with Build Your Own Veggie Quinoa Power Bowls, DIY Greek Inspired Quinoa Bowls, Roasted Butternut Harvest Salad, and Celebration Kale Salad.

how to store leftover dressing

Covered and refrigerate any leftover homemade lemon dressing for up to 5 days.

The vinaigrette may separate and look clumpy when refrigerated. This is because oil can solidify at cooler temperatures.

To use, simply remove from the refrigerator, allow to come to room temperature, and shake well to recombine.

easy lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass mason jar

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easy lemon vinaigrette dressing in a glass mason jar with a spoon and fresh herbs
5 from 1 vote

Lemon Dijon Dressing

Yield 7
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

This easy lemon dijon dressing combines lemon juice, mustard, oil, and maple syrup or honey for a simple versatile dressing that will add flavor to salads, grains, and more.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 small garlic clove peeled
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • cup olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • With the bottom of a glass jar or side of a knife, lightly crush the garlic clove.
  • To a 8-oz mason jar, add the crushed garlic clove, salt, mustard, and maple syrup or honey, using a fork or small whisk to combine.
  • Add the lemon juice, add the lid, and shake vigorously until the salt has dissolved and all the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the olive oil and pepper, add the lid, and shake vigorously until the vinaigrette has emulsified. Taste and add additional salt or pepper if desired. Remove the garlic clove and discard, or set aside for another use. Alternatively, keep the garlic clove in the jar to infuse the dressing with a stronger garlic flavor.
  • Store, refrigerated, for up to 5 days. To use, allow to come to room temperature, and shake well to recombine.

Notes

Makes 7 tablespoons (just over ⅓ cup), serving size one tablespoon
For a stronger garlic flavor, grate or finely mince the garlic and add in step 2.
Use maple syrup for a vegan option.
Omit honey or maple syrup for a Whole30 option. 

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 comments to " Lemon Dijon Dressing "

  • Jenny

    5 stars
    This dressing is out of this world! It is now in constant rotation at our house. So easy and quick to make with ingredients we always have on hand. I store it with the garlic in the jar and the flavor develops a wonderful depth.

    • Robyn Downs

      Jenny, yay, so glad this one is a hit! Love that you’re leaving the garlic in for extra flavor – it’s that perfect balance of garlic flavor without being over the top. Thanks so much for leaving a review!

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