Lemon Dressing

Lemon Dressing

This zesty lemon dressing is a quick and easy way to take your salads to the next level with a burst of fresh citrusy flavor! We love it on leafy green salads and pasta salad too!

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 105 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest plus extra to taste
  • 2 TBSP plain dijon mustard (I snagged a store-brand)
  • 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Depending on the size of the lemons you have handy, you'll either need 1 jumbo lemon or 2 regular lemons to yield 1/4 cup of lemon juice for this dressing. Before juicing your lemons, zest 1 lemon into a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Add dressing ingredients to a small mason jar and tightly cap with the lid. Shake well

  3. Juice your lemons and add to a small/medium mason jar. Start by adding 1/4 tsp of zest and half your minced garlic, as you can add extra after taste-testing.

  4. Next add remaining dressing ingredients and close lid tightly. Shake to emulsify the dressing.

  5. Give it a taste and, if desired, feel free to add remaining clove of garlic (I always go with the full amount) and any additional lemon zest or seasoning you may like. Since the dressing is on the tart side (whoo! lemons!) you may sweeten the dressing with sugar/honey/agave/etc... if preferred.

  6. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for several days, making it a great make-ahead option for the week!

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields 1/2-3/4 cup of lemon salad dressing.

Fresh lemon juice (and fresh garlic) is mandatory here, as the jarred stuff won't taste the same.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator based on a 2 TBSP serving of dressing. Adjust as needed and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.