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Honey Lemon Salad Dressing

Ready to use in 5 minutes, this honey lemon salad dressing is perfect to dress up all of your salads. Make a batch ahead of time and enjoy it throughout the week.
Honey lemon dressing in a sealable glass jar next to squeezed lemon halves.

Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by Betty Davies

Add some flavor to your everyday salads with this delicious recipe! This honey lemon salad dressing is sweet and tangy and full of fresh and vibrant flavors. Quick and easy to make with everyday ingredients.

Honey lemon dressing in a glass bottle with a stopper.

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Skip the store bought vinaigrettes and dressings, and whip up your own in a matter of minutes.

This honey mustard salad dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey and some herbs, it’s light, zingy and flavorful and can be used on your everyday lunchtime salads.

This homemade dressing is perfect to have on hand in your fridge.

Be sure to check out my apple cider vinaigrette too!

Why you will love this recipe!

  • Quick and easy: It takes less than 5 minutes to make this dressing and it’s made with everyday ingredients you’ll have to hand.
  • Make ahead: Make up a batch of this dressing and enjoy it throughout the week.
  • Healthier: Homemade dressings contain less salt and sugar compared bottled sauces, and doesn’t contain the preservatives to keep it shelf stable.
  • Dietary info: This honey lemon dressing is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian.
A glass bottle of honey lemon dressing next to a garlic clove and lemon halves.

Ingredients

  • Garlic: Use a freshly minced garlic clove for the best flavor.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is best to use for dressings and it has a bold and rounded flavor. In a pinch, you can use regular.
  • Lemon Juice: Use fresh lemon juice for this recipe. Do not (and I can’t emphasize that enough!) be tempted to use bottled juice, it won’t be nearly as good. Just use a good lemon juicer and it will take you a matter of minutes to juices them.
  • Honey: For the best flavor use raw natural honey rather than artificial. It will have a richer and less chemically flavor.
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  • Brown sugar: This is optional, but I found that the brown sugar really help round the flavors.

How to make honey lemon salad dressing

Be sure to scroll down for the full list of ingredients!

This homemade salad dressing is super easy to make. Simply whisk the ingredients together and you are good to go!

The ingredients whisked together in a glass jug.

Recipe Variations

This honey lemon dressing is pretty good as it is, but you can easily make some easy swaps to make it your own.

  • Make it vegan. Swap the honey for maple syrup.
  • Mix up the fruit juice. Try swapping the lemon for orange or lime.
  • Use different herbs. I love the flavor of oregano, but other dried herbs like parley, basil or Italian seasoning will work well.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it keep?

Once you have made your salad dressing, transfer it to a sealable jar or bottle and it will keep well for 1 to 2 weeks. Although it is ready to use straight away, the flavor of the garlic and herbs will become deeper the longer it sits.

Can you use it straight from the fridge?

When the dressing sits, the ingredients will settle, so you will need to give it a shake before using. If your fridge runs super cold, the oil can solidify, if that happens, just let it come to room temperature for 30 minutes before using.

Why make your own salad dressing?

Homemade salad dressing is so much fresher than store bought, and you have full control of what goes into it. Add more seasonings, more oil or more lemon juice to get it just how you want it. It’s also way more economical than buying ready made bottles, you can make several batches with the ingredients you buy.

The honey lemon dressing in a mason jar.

Serving Suggestions

Surprise surprise, this honey mustard salad dressing is great to use on….salads! It’s super delicious when used on my roasted potato salad and it also makes for a great marinade for chicken and fish.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • To save on washing up, you can place all of the ingredients into a sealable mason jar and shake everything together.
  • This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of dressing.
The salad dressing being poured from a bottle.

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Honey lemon dressing in a sealable glass jar next to squeezed lemon halves.

Honey Lemon Salad Dressing

Ready to use in 5 minutes, this honey lemon salad dressing is perfect to dress up all of your salads. Make a batch ahead of time and enjoy it throughout the week.
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Course: Condiment, Dressing
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings (approx. 2 cups)
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Betty Davies

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a jug or bowl and whisk together.
  • Place in a sealable glass jar or bottle and keep refrigerated.

Notes

  • To save on washing up, you can place all of the ingredients into a sealable mason jar and shake everything together.
  • This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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