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Lemon Vinaigrette

April 1, 2023

This vinaigrette adds a little citrus twist and herbed goodness to anything it touches. We use it anywhere we need to lighten things up with some lemon love.


homemade lemon vinaigrette in a glass dressing bottle next to chive and a sliced lemon
Photography by Gayle McLeod

A Lemon Salad Dressing For Every Day

The lemon herb vinaigrette hits all the right notes of what we want from a vinaigrette. A little sharpness from the mustard, a bright note from the fresh squeezed lemon, a touch of sweetness from sugar, a dash of salt, and everything held together with chopped chives in an emulsion with olive oil. It’s as fresh as they come! We hope you love this simple homemade lemon vinaigrette for your everyday salad dressing needs.

lemon juice, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, olive oil and chives in prep bowls to make homemade lemon vinaigrette

Ingredients For Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  • Fresh lemon juice, from 2-3 lemons

  • Brown or dijon mustard

  • Sugar

  • Salt

  • A little extra virgin olive oil

  • Finely chopped chives

lemon juice, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, olive oil and chives being whisked together in a bowl to make lemon vinaigrette

How To Make The Best Lemon Vinaigrette

In a bowl mix the lemon juice, mustard, sugar and salt. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly to emulsify. Last but not to be forgotten–stir in the chopped chives! This dressing is easily adaptable (we’re often missing something after we’ve started making a recipe!). No sugar? Whisk in some maple syrup! Are your chives a little more wilted than you remembered? Throw in some chopped shallots or other fresh herbs (thyme would be great)! Can I make lemon vinaigrette ahead of time? Absolutely! You can keep this stored in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in the fridge for up to two weeks. Just give it a little shake each time you need to use it.

homemade lemon vinaigrette in a bowl with a spoon made with lemon juice, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, olive oil and chives

Sprinkle Some Sunshine With This Easy Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

You’ve made the best lemon vinaigrette recipe, now what you are going to serve it with? A Simple Green Salad would drink this up! It would also be absolutely delicious drizzled over roasted vegetables like Roasted Fennel or Roasted Carrots. Did you perfectly Steam Broccoli or cauliflower and are looking for a simple way to add flavor? Drizzle this lemon mustard vinaigrette on it! Lemon loves fish, and you could add a dash of lemon vinaigrette to our recipes for Creamy Feta with Tinned Fish or Macadamia Nut Crusted Fish Bowl, or Salmon en Papillote. This could even be an alternative marinade for our Oven Baked Chicken Thighs recipe!

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The more you make your way around homemade pantry staples, the more confident you’ll become in the kitchen! With these recipes, you’ll discover a world of flavor that you just can’t find from store-bought salad dressings. Don’t stop with this simple lemon vinaigrette recipe! We hope you’ll try our other easy-to-make recipes:

homemade lemon vinaigrette in a bowl with a spoon made with lemon juice, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, olive oil and chives

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Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 189


  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives


  1. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, sugar, and salt. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until emulsified. Stir in chives.

  2. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories189
  • Protein0 g
  • Carbohydrates3 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium306 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Lemon Vinaigrette

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  • Brennen

    This dressing is delicious! My new go to for a quick salad! Used it tonight for a gem lettuce salad with parm, avocado and radishes. Crowd fav!

    Thanks Brennen, happy you love it! WE always love to hear when a recipe becomes a go to!

  • Hailey

    Absolutely my new favorite dressing. This is also absolutely amazing drizzled on steak over arugula!!

    Thanks Hailey! So glad you love it!

  • Jenn

    Why would I ever buy store bought dressing again, this is so fast, so fresh and bright with the perfect amount of acidity. Thanks for another great dressing recipe!

    Thanks Jenn!