Easy Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette

Spring is in the air. Literally. Pollen has blanketed the city of Atlanta like a sprinkling of snow, which has made me realize the following things. First, I am thankful that apparently pollen does not affect me. Second, I am enjoying telling everyone I know that they are not allergic to pollen, but actually, they are speaking of plant sperm. What….? That’s what it is!!

Along with spring and springing forward comes the mad rush to summer, and with it, goes all my time. So if you are feeling as busy and yet scatter-brained (maybe pollen DOES affect me) as I am, you will appreciate an EASY recipe.  Ok, so it’s not really a RECIPE, but it is easy, homemade, and healthy (that’s what she said..can I do that here?), then salad dressing made from ingredients you keep in the kitchen is just what you need.

I learned this when I spent the summer of 2002 in Avignon, France. The family I stayed with would make a quick salad to go with dinner (read, to END dinner with, not start) topped with this easy salad dressing. I have modified it a bit, so here it is. You don’t even need fancy equipment for this. I usually just use a fork to mix the ingredients together. Enjoy!


Easy Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette:

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice (about half a lemon)*

1 Tbsp dijon mustard

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

* Instead of lemon juice, you can use vinegar.

Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl and remove any seeds.(If you roll the lemon on the counter a few times before cutting it open, the juices loosen up and it becomes much easier to “juice”.) Add the mustard, and give it a little whisk until it has combined with the juice. While whisking, add the olive oil and continue to whisk/beat until the olive oil has been incorporated and you form an emulsion. Et voila! Homemade salad dressing. You don’t have to feel so bad about forgetting to pick up the dressing from the grocery store after all.




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  1. Betsy

    So good to see you last weekend Michelle! And how appropriate that, when I find my way to your blog, it ties into that amazing summer spent in Avignon! I’m sure this simple dressing will transport me back to those fantastic simple meals with my host family 🙂

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