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30-Second Lemon Vinaigrette

Easy to Make | Put This on Everything!

Written By: Byron | April 25, 2024
30-second Lemon Vinaigrette sits beside some fresh lemons

Introducing your new summer salad dressing go-to: 30-second lemon vinaigrette! A zesty and effortless dressing that elevates any dish with its bright and tangy flavor profile. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, including freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, a hint of honey, and Dijon mustard for balance. 

The beauty of this tangy tasty lemony vinaigrette is it comes together in a flash, requiring only a quick whisk or shake to emulsify. The result is a versatile dressing that adds a refreshing burst of citrus to salads, grilled vegetables, seafood, and more, making it a go-to option for busy weeknight dinners, picnics, or impromptu gatherings.

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Serving:

Dressing for 6

Ready in:

30 seconds

Skill level:

Very Easy

Serve with:

Fresh cream

Origins of Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon vinaigrette, a classic dressing in Mediterranean cuisine, has its origins rooted in the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean region. The term “vinaigrette” is derived from the word “vinaigre,” which means “vinegar” in French. The vinaigrette is made from a mixture of oil, vinegar (or another acidic ingredient like lemon juice), and seasonings, and has been a staple in European cooking for centuries.

Historically, vinaigrettes were simple combinations of oil and vinegar at a 3:1 ratio of oil to acid (vinegar). Over time, variations emerged, incorporating different types of vinegar, herbs, spices, and other flavorings, including lemon juice.

Lemon juice instead of vinegar

Lemons are prized for their tartness and bright flavor, which adds a refreshing and citrusy kick to dressings. Additionally, lemon juice provides acidity, which balances the richness of the oil in the vinaigrette.

Today, lemon vinaigrette remains a popular choice for salads, seafood dishes, grilled vegetables, and more, appreciated for its versatility and ability to enhance a wide range of ingredients with its vibrant flavor.

Does Spanish cuisine use vinaigrette?

Short answer, yes! While vinaigrette is not as ubiquitous in Spanish cuisine as it is in some other Mediterranean cuisines like French or Italian, it does have its place in Spanish cooking. Spanish cuisine tends to favor other types of dressings and sauces, such as simple olive oil with a sprinkle of sea salt or more complex sauces like romesco or mojo.

However, vinaigrettes can still be found in Spanish recipes, particularly those influenced by regions with stronger ties to French or Mediterranean culinary traditions. For example, in regions like Catalonia or the Basque Country, where there’s more influence from neighboring France, you might encounter salads dressed with vinaigrettes made from olive oil, vinegar, and sometimes mustard or garlic.

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How to Make a 30-Second Lemon Vinaigrette 

Great news! this lemon vinaigrette is VERY fast to make and only requires around 30 seconds from start to finish!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Equipment needed

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a jar. Screw on the lid and shake the lid until all ingredients are combined (around 30 seconds should do it). 
  • Test flavor, season to taste, and drizzle over your favorite salad! 

Cooking tips

  • Always use the freshest lemons possible. ​​store-bought jar of lemon juice will not have the same brightness or intensity as freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
  • Garlic can be substituted for chives or shallots for a milder flavor.
  • Use good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • A 3:1 ratio of oil to acid is best when making any vinaigrettes. 
  • Dijon helps to emulsify the dressing. It can be substituted for other types of mustard (American, Whole grain) to create differing flavors and textures. 

Storage 

Homemade lemon vinaigrette can typically last for about 1 to 2 weeks when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The jar you use to make the vinaigrette is perfect for storing any leftover dressing.

30-second Lemon Vinaigrette sits beside some fresh lemons

Serving Suggestions

Lemon vinaigrette is a versatile and refreshing dressing that pairs well with a variety of dishes.

Here are some serving suggestions:

  1. Green Salad: Toss your favorite mixed greens with lemon vinaigrette for a light and zesty salad. Add some cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and crumbled feta cheese for extra flavor and texture.
  2. Grilled Chicken or Fish: Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over grilled Mediterranan chicken breasts or fish fillets for a burst of citrus flavor. It adds brightness to the dish and complements the smokiness of the grill.
  3. Roasted Vegetables: After roasting vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts, toss them with lemon vinaigrette for a tangy twist. The acidity of the vinaigrette cuts through the richness of the roasted vegetables.
  4. Pasta Salad: Use lemon vinaigrette as the dressing for a cold pasta salad. Mix cooked pasta with diced veggies, such as bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and olives, then toss with the vinaigrette for a refreshing side dish.
  5. Grain and Rice Bowls: Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over grain or rice bowls made with quinoa, brown rice, or farro, along with a variety of roasted or sautéed vegetables and protein like grilled tofu or chickpeas. It adds a bright flavor to the hearty bowl.
  6. Seafood Salad Combos: Check out this Spicy Shrimp and peach salad that’s just begging for some tangy lemony vinaigrette! Combine cooked shrimp or crab with diced avocado, red onion, and cucumber, then dress it with lemon vinaigrette for a light and flavorful seafood salad. 
  7. Marinade: Use lemon vinaigrette as a marinade for chicken, fish, or tofu before grilling or baking. The acidity of the lemon helps to tenderize the protein while infusing it with flavor.
  8. Bruschetta: Drizzle lemon vinaigrette over freshly toasted bread topped with diced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for a refreshing twist on classic bruschetta.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 10
Amount per serving  
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.2g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1.1g  
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

30-second Lemon Vinaigrette sits beside some fresh lemons

30-Second Lemon Vinaigrette - Easy to Make | Put This on Everything!

Byron
30-second Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect summer salad companion. It’s loaded with fresh Mediterranean flavors and is super easy to make in around 30 seconds (or less)!
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Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Course dressing, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean
Servings 6 dressing for 6
Calories 40 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a jar. Screw on the lid and shake until all ingredients are combined (around 30 seconds should do it).
    ¼ cup olive oil, Juice from 1 fresh lemon, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 garlic clove, Salt and pepper
  • Test flavor, season to taste, and drizzle over your favorite salad!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1saladCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 0.6gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 8mgSugar: 1.1gCalcium: 1mg
Keyword 30-second recipe, dressing, lemon, lemon vinaigrette, salad, salad dressing, sauce, vinaigrette

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