Whisking together ingredients for our easy Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing recipe
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How to Make Lemon Vinaigrette

An easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to make delicious lemon vinaigrette every time. Perfect for warm and cold salads, roasted veggies, and more!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 4 (2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup good quality olive oil (light or extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch each salt and black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp minced shallot (optional)


  1. We recommend using a small blender to emulsify the ingredients and also fully incorporate the shallot. If not using shallot, simply add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk until fully combined. 

    If using a blender, add all ingredients to small blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.

  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity, olive oil for richness, salt and pepper to taste, or maple syrup for sweetness.

  3. Use immediately on warm and cold salads, roasted vegetables, and more! Store in the refrigerator 3-4 days. The oil can harden when cold, so shake well to reincorporate. 


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with lesser amount of lemon juice and without optional ingredients. Recipe as written yields 4 (2-Tbsp) servings (about 1/2 cup total).

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)