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lemon vinaigrette pouring into a jar

5-Minute Lemon Vinaigrette (Restaurant Quality)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing, Vinaigrette, Sauce
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Spanish
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy lemon vinaigrette is bright and zippy. It’s the perfect silky-smooth restaurant quality dressing to use on any salad. Made with fresh lemon juice and garlic, it comes together in 5-minutes and is emulsified using just a whisk and bowl.


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  • 1/3 cup lemon juice, about 2 fresh lemons, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • optional: 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Whisk together everything except the oil. In a bowl combine the lemon juice, grated garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the lemon zest here, if using. Whisk together well.
  2. Whisk in the oil. Drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Keep whisking until the sauce emulsifies and looks silky smooth. Enjoy!


  • How to know when the dressing is ready? You should be able to drag your finger across the back of a spoon dipped in the dressing and create a line.
  • Make sure to taste the dressing once emulsified to see if you’d like to add more salt, pepper, oil, or lemon juice.
  • You can also add a half teaspoon of lemon zest to add depth to the citrusy flavor.