Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe | Easy Salad Dressing

This tasty lemon vinaigrette recipe is ready in minutes and makes the perfect lemon dressing for salad. If you’re looking for a homemade salad dressing that’s super easy then you’re in the right place!

Jar of lemon vinaigrette with lemons in the background

A simple lemon vinaigrette is one of the most classic dressings for salad. This recipe creates a traditional dressing with olive oil and lemon juice – perfect for adding a little zing to a green bowl.

Ingredients for Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients to make lemon vinaigrette

Lemon Juice

There are a few methods for juicing the lemon, but my favorite is with a citrus juice presser. I like the fact that all the pulp is removed, leaving you with pure juice. If you don’t have a press then you could also use a citrus reamer.

Olive Oil

Olive oil will give your dressing the best flavor!

Dijon Mustard

Mustard is an emulsifier that will ensure the olive oil and lemon juice combine in your dressing. I would highly recommend using Dijon mustard. It has a slight tang that gives the vinaigrette a little bite without being over-powering.

Maple Syrup

A little sweetness helps to balance the dressing, and maple syrup is ideal as it dissolves straight into the other ingredients.

Lemon Zest

Zest helps to emphasise the lemon in the vinaigrette, without making the dressing too tart.

How to Make Lemon Dressing for Salad

Small bowl with lemon vinaigrette with small whisk

Add all the ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar and whisk or shake until well combined.

Tip: Usually, dressings separate after a few hours, but making them in a mason jar allows you to shake them up and recombine them.

Drizzle your lemon juice dressing over salad and enjoy!

Can I Make Lemon Vinaigrette Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! This homemade salad dressing is easy to make and store for a future meal. Just make sure you keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge and consume it within three days.

How to Serve

Lettuce cups filled with tofu, chickpeas, roasted veggies, avocado and drizzled with lemon vinaigrette

Drizzle your lemon juice dressing over salad, add to wraps, or stir through rice for a quick and zesty lunch.

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Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe | Easy Salad Dressing

  • Author: Rachel Steenland
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This lemon vinaigrette recipe is a great easy dressing for salad | Make perfect home-made dressing with olive oil and lemon juice! 




  1. Make the dressing: Into a small bowl (or mason jar) add lemon vinaigrette ingredients, and whisk to combine (or if using a mason jar, seal and viciously shake to combine).
  2. Serve: Drizzle over your favorite salad and enjoy immediately.
  • Store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 3 days. Whisk or shake well before serving as the ingredients will naturally separate over time.


  • Extra virgin olive oil: EVOO tastes best in salad dressings. In a pinch you can swap for olive oil or another neutral tasting oil.
  • Maple syrup: A little sweetness is needed to balance the acid from the lemon juice. If you prefer, feel free to swap for agave nectar or cane sugar.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 129
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 323
  • Fat: 14
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 2
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

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