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I love making salad dressings from scratch. With all the added sugars, preservatives, and processed oils in store bought dressings, it's so much healthier and simpler to whip up a batch whenever I need it. This honey lemon vinaigrette is simple, healthy, and suuuuppeer yummy. I can’t quite get enough of that sweet lemon honey flavor.
My favorite kinds of salad dressings are the kind that only take a few minutes to whip up. Here are some other favorites if you’re a fan of delicious tasting salad, like me.
- 3 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
- Quick Caesar (no raw egg)
- Traditional Caesar (with raw egg)
- Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
How to Make Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
This recipe is my favorite kind….so simple, yet it has so much flavor. You just mix it all together in a bowl or mason jar, then pour it over your salad.
- Mason jar with lid or bowl and spoon
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Mustard (yellow, or dijon)
- Honey (or maple syrup)
- Salt - we love this kind because it hasn’t been stripped of the trace minerals
Swapping honey and maple syrup in this recipe is totally fine. Maple syrup works for a vegan lemon vinaigrette dressing. Use what you prefer, or what you have on hand. Swap in a 1:1 ratio.
If you're out of fresh lemons, you can swap bottled lemon juice. I think swapping the lemon for lime or orange would also be tasty (although then it would be a lime vinaigrette or orange vinaigrette dressing). I’m a big proponent of using what you have, so use what you have, then let me know in the comments below what works best for you.
I love using olive oil in my salad dressing because of the Omega 3s and health benefits. If you use extra virgin olive oil, you may taste the olive flavor (I like it in salad dressings). If you’d prefer not to taste that flavor, you can use a light olive oil. You could also easily substitute a different oil if you’d rather. I’d recommend avocado oil for a mild flavored oil.
FAQ & Troubleshooting
Is vinaigrette dressing healthy?
Vinaigrette salad dressing is typically oil and vinegar. Sometimes there's other ingredients added, too. In this case it's lemon juice, honey, and mustard. It's a great simple salad dressing recipe that's extremely healthy.
Does olive oil and lemon juice dressing need to be refrigerated?
I would recommend keeping this lemon vinaigrette dressing in the refrigerator to ensure it stays fresh. However, if you leave it on the counter overnight, you don’t need to worry about it going bad like you do some dressings. If it separates in the fridge, just shake it up in the jar until it’s combined again. In theory, homemade vinaigrette dressing can go bad, but I’ve never had that happen because we use it up within a week or two of making it.
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- ⅔ cup olive oil
- ⅔ cup lemon juice
- Pinch of salt (to taste)
- 2 Tbsp mustard (yellow, or Dijon)
- 1 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
- In a mason jar or bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Stir to combine, or close the lid on your mason jar and shake until combined.