Creamy lemon vinaigrette
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Healthy Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

This delicious creamy lemon vinaigrette is tart, fresh, subtly sweet and perfect. It’s guaranteed to add brightness and a kick to any salad and become your favourite in no time.

We went to a friend’s house and they served us a salad with a store-bought lemon vinaigrette and my son was in love. Since then he refused to use any other kind for his salad. I had to look for the dressing from every store I went to until I found the one he was in love with so much. I had to make it at home so he would be happy and we could go back to enjoying salads at home. I am sure you will love it too once you try it.

The Ingredients

Simple ingredients that can be found in any pantry at home, make this simple, but delicious recipe.

Ingredients for lemon vinaigrette

The Ingredients List:

  • 2 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dehydrated parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

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The Process:

Let’s start by squeezing the juice. Cut the citrus fruit into halves and squeeze the juice of both into a mixing bowl. Catch the seeds in your fingers and discard them. Do not discard the pulp. I find the pulp gives it that burst of flavor that we are looking for.

Pro Tip:

Roll your fruit on the counter while lightly squeezing them to get the juice released. This allows for them to be easier to juice.

Creamy lemon dressing in bowl

Finely chop your garlic or grate it using a nutmeg grater. Add it to the bowl along with the mayonnaise, honey, dehydrated parsley, pepper, and salt. I like to add dehydrated parsley to this recipe because I find adding fresh parsley means I have to consume it within a day or two. Adding dehydrated parsley allows it to keep longer.

Lemon vinaigrette in a bowl

Using a hand whisk, or a fork, mix everything well to get a homogenous mixture. Now we can add the oil to the mix. Slowly pour the oil with one hand and continue to mix with the whisk using the other hand. This allows for the oil to mix well into the oil. I find adding the oil slowly allows it to mix in better.

Creamy lemon vinaigrette

Storing Suggestions:

Save any unused dressing in the fridge in an air tight jar. It will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge, so you can always make a larger quantity and keep it for daily use. Enjoy with a variety of salads. It will add a freshness to any boring salad. Just remove it from the fridge, shake the jar really well and serve.

Creamy lemon dressing

Customize It:

  • Substitute the Mayonaise with some Greek Yogurt.
  • Substitute the Honey with some Maple Syrup.
  • Try to use Lime juice and pulp.
  • Prefer it to be sweeter, add more Honey or Maple Syrup. I don’t like it too sweet, but if you prefer a more sweet dressing, you can customize the sweetness to your liking.
  • Replace the Dehydrated Parsley with Fresh Parsley, or even Fresh Basil. If you chose to do that, make only enough dressing for one use.

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Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

Course: DressingCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

24

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Calories

29

kcal
Total time

10

minutes

This delicious creamy lemon vinaigrette is tart, fresh, subtly sweet, and perfect. It’s guaranteed to add brightness and a kick to any salad and become your favorite in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 large lemons

  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon dehydrated parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • Salt to taste

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Squeeze the juice from both fruits into a mixing bowl. Do not remove the pulp, but catch the seeds with your hands and discard them.
  • Finely chop the garlic or grate it using a nutmeg grater.
  • Add the mustard, mayonnaise, honey, garlic, parsley, pepper, and salt to the bowl. Using a hand whisk, mix everything so you have a homogenous mixture.
  • Slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl as you continue to whisk with the other hand.
  • Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Remove from the fridge, shake well and serve.

Notes


    What is Lemon Vinaigrette dressing made of?

    Lemon Dressing

    My dressing has simple ingredients which include:
    lemons
    whole-grain mustard
    mayonnaise
    honey
    garlic cloves
    dehydrated parsley
    - pepper
    salt
    extra virgin olive oil


    What makes Creamy Lemon Dressing creamy?

    Creamy lemon vinaigrette

    Salad dressings are typically grouped into two categories. They are either creamy or vinaigrettes. Mine is made creamy with the addition of 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. It gives it a slight creaminess, so it is neither too oily nor too creamy.


    How long does Lemon Dressing last?

    Creamy lemon vinaigrette

    Save any unused dressing in the fridge in an air-tight jar. It will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge, so you can always make a larger quantity and keep it for daily use.


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    4 Comments

    1. Martha Black says:

      My family loved this vinaigrette. It was so easy to make and went with so many things.

      1. Hi Martha,

        I am so pleased to hear that you like it.

        Deepti

    2. Hi,

      I tried this and it was so delicious. Going be my favourite dressing…

      Kiki