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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

My Favorite Vinaigrette Dressing + Superfood Giveaway Winner Announced!!!

This recipe is for Jill and Sarah – it is my very basic, go-to salad dressing. It’s adapted from the beautiful Mozza Cookbook. It is always a hit and oh so easy to make!

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup minced shallots or red onion
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 – 2 Tbs White Wine vinegar
  • 1/2 – 1 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 dropperfuls of stevia or 1-2 tsps honey/maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 Tbs minced cilantro or herb(s) of choice – optional

Combine the shallots, lemon juice, vinegar and salt in a small bowl or mason jar. Set aside to marinate for 5-10 mins. This step is KEY! The marinated shallots are what make this dressing really POP! I love the marinated shallots so much that I typically double or even triple the amount of shallots listed.

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Next add the rest of the ingredients and shake/wisk together thoroughly. Taste and adjust flavors as needed.

I always make my dressings in a mason jar. That way I can just screw on the lid and shake. It makes it so much easier, and no extra dishes to clean up!  The finished product will look something like this:

The fun thing about this dressing is that everything is just an approximation and can be modified. If you want a sweet dressing, add more stevia, honey or maple syrup. If you like it a little more tart add more lemon juice or white vinegar. If you’re in the mood for an Italian Style dressing use basil and oregano instead of cilantro. Subbing dill for the cilantro is another tasty variation.

Toss with your favorite mixed greens and enjoy!!


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26 Responses to “Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe”

  1. Kibby February 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I whipped up a dressing tonight that was very similar to this minus the shallots – it was very good! Will get the shallots so it will be GREAT! Love your salad tossing tongs! very cool! Have a good night.

    • Linda February 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Hey, great minds think alike!! Night Kibbs!

  2. Kristen February 19, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Oh yum…just made this! Used basil as my herb! YUM!!!!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      sounds yummy!!

  3. Kibby February 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    OK, I just made this with the shallots and WOW! what a fabulous dressing! I could see this beautifully drizzled over some fresh steamed cauliflower/broccoli or quinoa pasta? Many possibilities – so tasty and healthy. Love it!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

      yummm, that sounds good!!

  4. Kristen February 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    How long will this keep in the fridge? I would love to make some but would not want it to go bad!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      It will last at least a week in the fridge. I’ve had mine 2 weeks later and it was still perfectly fine 🙂

  5. Amanda February 21, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I don’t use shallots enough but really do like them. Thanks for the dressing recipe!!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      I love shallots, they give such wonderful flavor! I use them all the time when sauteing veggies! 🙂

  6. Pam April 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Just made this dressing, it is so Yummy!

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      So glad you like it! It is one of my faves!!

  7. Caitlin April 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I love love love this salad dressing – with kale it is totally killer 🙂
    I made it at a friends house the other night for dinna and it was a huge hit.
    Thank you sooo much Linda 🙂

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      awesome!! It’s my fav too!! xo

  8. Kim May 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    I made this tonight to go with my panzanella-chicken salad. I was really surprised at how great the shallots are. Love the little tang from the lemons!

    • Linda May 23, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      I know, right?! They are the best part!!

  9. ramsey May 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    this is the absolute BEST salad dressing ever. i’ve been making it for the past month or so. i have used cilantro, rosemary, basil or ginger. all have been well-received. i took your advice and loaded up on the shallots and i agree that they are the best part. even my 3 year old son loves it. we are hooked (on everything you have posted). thanks for sharing…

    • Linda May 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      Agreed!! I constantly have a batch going! So glad you like it!! xo

  10. Sally January 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I made this dressing tonight for the first time. Didn’t have the shallots, but went for it with the red onion. My husband (not big on veggies) said it was the best salad he has ever had. My two year old son really liked it as well. (He asked for more salad!) I’m enjoying so many of your recipes this week! Have you ever tried this recipe substituting lime juice? I think it would be unbelievable with the cilantro version. Thank you!

    • Linda January 8, 2013 at 4:00 am #

      Awesome Sally!! So glad you and the whole family enjoyed it!! Lime juice would be a lovely addition, especially with cilantro! You could even add a little jalepeno if you like a little kick!

  11. Ellen @ CheapCooking February 6, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I’ll have to try this as the marinated shallots sounds enticing. Have you seen those reCAP lids for Mason jars? Perfect for mixing up pourable stuff. (No connection to them. I actually won one in a blog giveaway and love it!)
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  12. Jeannine February 28, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    This is so yummy! Does this need to be refrigerated though? Whenever I put my jar of dressing in the fridge it gets hard and coagulated!

    • Linda February 28, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

      I refrigerate mine…if it gets hard just run it under hot water and give it a good shake!

  13. Erica {let why lead} June 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I just made this, and it’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I found you through pinterest. Best!


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