Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing


There’s a good chance you have all of the ingredients on hand for the delicious lemon vinaigrette dressing. It’s light, fresh and an easy go-to because it works on just about any salad.

Another #EBFbasics recipe coming at ya! I kicked off this new series on Eating Bird Food with quick pickled onions and now I want to share a vinaigrette that works in so many recipes!

Lemon dressing in a small mason jar with a woman holding a white spoon.

I was introduced to the world of homemade dressings thanks to my aunt… at least from what I remember. We typically had store-bought dressings at home and not healthy store-bought salad dressings — my favorite was Catalina, which is essentially liquid sugar disguised as a tomato-based dressing. The first time I had a homemade vinaigrette was at my aunt’s house and I’ve been obsessed with homemade dressings since (check out some of my personal favs here). One huge reason I love salads so much is homemade dressings. #gamechangers

Overhead shot of lemon dressing in a small mason jar with salad and a gold fork in the background.

If you’re typically just an oil and vinegar gal when it comes to salads, promise me you’ll give this basic lemon vinaigrette a try! It will take your salads to the next level even though it is so dang simple. And it goes well on just about any salad. If you don’t have a go-to vinaigrette recipe, this can be yours. This could also be used as a base vinaigrette recipe – build on this to make your signature vinaigrette. I have used it in bowls and even as a dipping sauce for chopped veggies.

Lemon dressing on a white spoon being drizzled over a green salad.

A few notes on this recipe:

  • I love adding a hint of sweetness to my salad dressings just to round out the flavors and make salads more satisfying to me. If you don’t like adding sweeteners or are watching your sugar intake, you can always leave the sweetener out, use less or use a natural zero-sugar sweetener like stevia instead.

  • I chose to add oregano to this base recipe because I’m a big oregano fan, but feel free to spruce this dressing up with any herb of your choice!

  • This recipe can be whisked, blended in a blender or even shaken up in a mason jar. Pick whichever method is easiest for you.

What’s your go-to salad dressing? Any requests for the next #EBFbasics post?

Basic Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

4 from 22 votes
A light, fresh and an easy lemon vinaigrette that works on just about any salad. 
Hand holding spoon with lemon dressing over a jar of lemon dressing. Salad in the background.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 /4 cup


  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, or stevia, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 Tablespoon fresh
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  • Whisk together all ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl. Slowly pour olive oil into the bowl and whisk together until emulsified. You can also blend everything together in your blender or shake the dressing together in a jar.


Calories: 85kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 77mg Sugar: 1g
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon dressing, lemon vinaigrette, lemon Vinaigrette dressing


Please leave a comment and star rating on this post and share on social media using the hashtag #eatingbirdfood. I love seeing your recipe shares!

If you try this basic lemon vinaigrette dressing recipe be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turned out for you! 

This post may include affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

    1. Elisha
      September 12, 2021 AT 10:18 am

      5 stars
      I love this dressing on a kale salad. I use a bit more garlic & lemon juice when I make it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 13, 2021 AT 10:26 am

        So happy to hear you’re loving this lemon vinaigrette dressing, Elisha! Thanks for the review. It means the world to me!

    2. Sharon Mobley
      June 21, 2021 AT 11:28 am

      I 1st lesrned about the lemon vinaigrette from chick fil lay, and loved anything with lemon i like, wanted 2 make my own found this on yummly my go 2 when i want 2 make something. Haven’t trued it yet, i dud follow ur instructions. I doubted the ingredients, but after i read further about the toxins of garlic i 2nd guessed my amt. Thank u for thank knowledge I wont let it stay 2 long. Thank u😊

    3. Amber
      January 11, 2019 AT 6:47 pm

      How do you store this if there is some leftover? Countertop or fridge?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 11, 2019 AT 7:10 pm

        Hi Amber. Definitely store it in the refrigerator. 🙂

    4. Sam Reg
      January 8, 2019 AT 8:12 pm

      Make sure you don’t save this dressing for long periods of time in the fridge. Raw garlic in a closed container will create an aerobic environment causing potentially contaminated garlic to release botulism toxins (the layer of oil will only aid to this). Wouldn’t want anyone to accidentally get botulism from not knowing the potential danger!

    5. kc king
      July 9, 2018 AT 7:52 am

      5 stars
      ok guys – i did make this yesterday and it was FANTASTIC!! this will be my new dressing for quite a few dif. things (marinating chicken in, salad greens, cucumber /tomato/ onion salad….) YUM. (I did use some lemon stevia to add a lite touch of sweet.) I used it on the cucumber… salad let it sit for an hour in frig. and the whole bowl was gone! Thx for the recipe. 🙂

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!



Subscribe to our list and get your free printable PDF of the 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan and Shopping List!