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Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing


Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing

Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Photo © Molly Watson

Try this simple, flavorful salad dressing and you may never buy bottled again. Lemon and garlic bring a lot of zing to plain lettuce, but feel free to add whatever veggies you like.

Note that this recipe makes enough vinaigrette-style dressing for 4 to 6 cups of lettuce or other salad greens. Feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple it for larger salads or to have some on hand for salads over a few days.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 - 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard


Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or put them in a jar and shake to blend. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is too zingy for you, feel free to add more olive oil to soften the flavor. A bit more salt will help tempter the acid kick, too.

Use immediately or store, covered and chilled, up to 1 week (olive oil will solidify in the refrigerator but will melt quite quickly at room temperature again).

Makes Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing for 1 large salad.

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