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!
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.
Add dressing ingredients to a small mason jar and tightly cap with the lid. Shake well
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.
Next add remaining dressing ingredients and close lid tightly. Shake to emulsify the dressing.
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.
Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for several days, making it a great make-ahead option for the week!
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!