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

Lemon Dijon Dressing

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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.
Course Dressings & Sauces
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword dijon, dressing, lemon, vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 7
Calories 102



  • 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


  • 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.


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. 


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