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Posted by / Friday, August 10, 2012

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

I have a new found love for lemon vinaigrette  after having a side salad at Fleetwoods On Maui. They made a fabulous butter lettuce side salad with a lemon vinaigrette. With executive chef Scott Leibfried of Hells Kitchen you know the food was divine!
 So for the first meal back at the good old home stead I decided to reconstruct the lemon vinaigrette. I am now even more in love then I was the first time I tried it and it made an amazing marinade for the Salmon I will post later. 

Mix lemon juice and olive oil in a shake-able container. Add water and shake well. 
Press garlic into vinaigrette.
Add sea salt, pepper, thyme, and basil.
Shake well and refrigerate until ready to use.
Enjoy over the top of your favorite salad or as a marinade for fish or shrimp.

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Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe. This dressing is so light and refreshing. Step by step instructions and photos.
Prep time: PT5M
Cook time: PT0M
Total time: PT5M
Yield: 14 Servings
Calories per serving: 146
Fat per serving: 16
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice, About 2 Lemons Fresh Squeezed
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme, Dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil, Dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, Fresh Ground
Cooking Directions
  1. In a shake-able container like a mason jar add lemon juice, olive oil and water. Shake well.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and shake until well combined.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use and enjoy over your favorite salad or as a marinade for fish or shrimp.
  4. Tip: If olive oil becomes solid in the fridge the the vinaigrette sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes or until olive oil returns to a liquid state and then shake well.


  1. This sounds wonderful! I love lemon and garlic together!

  2. I love this for a fish marinade! Excellent :)

  3. Freshly made vinaigrette always best. Love the flavor they add to the salad.

  4. Red wine vinaigrette is my favorite! This one sounds yummy too!

  5. This is a wonderful dressing. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh I love this! And later in winter it will be the perfect memory of summertime :)

  7. This sounds great. I have done a lemon ginger vinaigrette but not with garlic. Lemon as a base is great for summer. So light and refreshing!

  8. that sounds like a delicious dressing!

  9. What a fantastic vinaigrette! How long do you think it would last in the fridge?

    Stopping by from Makin' You Crave Monday (#53 Beef Burgers with Bacon and Red Onion)

    Amber @ The Cook's Sister

    1. I believe it should last a week in the fridge in a covered container with no problems! Have a fabulous week!

  10. Lovely recipe I can't wait to try. Pinned & shared.

  11. We have so many lemons on our tree, can hardly wait to try this recipe!

  12. When I put it in the fridge the olive oil hardens up, can I leave it on the counter?

    1. I feel it's safer to store it in the fridge and just remove 20 minutes before using, you can also place the jar in some warm water to help the olive oil return to room temprature faster. Thanks,Serena

    2. I feel it's safer to store it in the fridge and just remove 20 minutes before using, you can also place the jar in some warm water to help the olive oil return to room temprature faster. Thanks,Serena



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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