Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe

by | Salads and Veggies, Sauces & Dressing

This lemon salad dressing recipe with its bright lemony flavor is SO fast and easy to make you’ll never want store bought dressing again!

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Best Lemon Salad Dressing

Lemons In My Mediterranean Home

Growing up with a Syrian mom who cooked everything from scratch, I never knew store bought salad dressing was a ‘thing’. Lemons are a dominate addition to most Syrian cooking. The zingy, bright flavor of a lemon in nearly all dishes, whether sweet or savory, makes food flavors pop. Because of this phenomenon, we used lemons on everything.  

Lemons Are Always In My Kitchen

Lemon Vinaigrette

A lemon vinaigrette is a beautiful emulsion of acid and oil, which makes it as much a dressing as it does a sauce or marinade. With the addition of a garlic clove and some chopped herbs, the possibilities are endless for its uses. 

Salad Dressing

Salad dressing is not just for salads! What do you put in your favorite salad? Exactly, a little bit of everything depending on your mood and what’s in the fridge. Sometimes it’s just veggies. Other times it’s the culmination of meats and cheeses. A favorite salad of mine will often incorporate fresh fruit, and so this lemony salad dressing is the perfect addition to apples, pears or even dried fruits salads. 

Lemon Salad Dressing For Marinade

Who doesn’t marinade their meat and seafood or brush a flavor concoction across them when grilling? Exactly. We all do. This lemon salad dressing is the perfect flavor enhancer for all meats and seafood. I also use it in the mixture for my burgers, no matter lamb, beef or turkey. A little splash of olive oil and a zing of lemon, herbs, garlic and salt makes all meat and seafood dishes delicious! 

Lemon Dressing For Veggies

Since I was a kid, we always used this lemon dressing on our green beans, spinach or other grilled veggies such as zucchini and squash. When I make spanakopita, I always drizzle a little of my lemon dressing in the spinach, egg and feta mixture. 

Herbs And Lemon Salad Dressing

I love to grow herbs. Doesn’t matter if it’s a huge outdoor garden or a few windowsill pots. Every herb I’ve chopped and added to this lemon salad dressing has become my favorite. 

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How To Make Mason Jar Lemon Salad Dressing

Mason jars are one of my favorite items in my kitchen. I use them not only to store things in, mix things in or to drink things from! Once the fresh lemon juice is squeezed and measured, it goes into the mason jar along with olive oil, a clove of garlic, salt and chopped fresh herbs. Shake, shake, shake with the lid on and the entire mixture emulsifies and becomes a beautiful creamy salad dressing. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Fresh herbs

Equipment Needed

  • Citrus press
  • Garlic press
  • Mason jar with lid or airtight container
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Blender – optional
  • Refrigerator

Lemon Salad Dressing Recipe

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: Salads and VeggiesDifficulty: Easy
Servings4 ounces


  • Lemon juice – 1/4 cup, about 1 1/2 lemons

  • Olive oil – 1/4 cup

  • Garlic – 1 clove, crushed

  • Herbs – 1 teaspoon, freshly chopped

  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl for 20 seconds OR simply put the ingredients into a small mason jar and shake vigorously until the mixture emulsifies.


  • Stores for up to 1 week in the fridge.
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Best Lemon Salad Dressing

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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3 years ago

I have thyme plants growing all around my house. I use them for ground cover (and the bees love them!). This simple and delicious dressing is perfect over summer salads, especially with home grown thyme. Thanks for the recipe.

Lindsay Cotter
3 years ago

Love how easy this is to make! And so versatile too!

Ashley F
3 years ago

I absolutely LOVE that you made this with lemons! I bet it’s so good!


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