Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods

 Lemon Vinaigrette is delicious and bursting with citrus flavor. It is a versatile dressing that can brighten up any salad. This vinaigrette is also a great marinade for chicken.


After months of cold weather and feeling like we have been stuck indoors, we are finally getting outside again. When we lived in Texas, we camped a lot and loved to ride our mountain bikes every chance we got. When we first moved to Colorado we did a partial move and made sure to bring our bikes with us. We were in temporary housing and lived super close to some great trails so we rode all the time.

Then we moved into our current house, which isn’t nearly as close to the trails. Our poor bikes have sat in the garage gathering dust for months. So, now with all our free time we finally got our bikes out.

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods


Not having been on the bikes for quite some time, I suggested that we just go for an easy ride. You know, nothing crazy or too long. My husband totally agrees.

Only problem is I forget that his idea of not too crazy nor too long is much different from mine. I should have realized this the moment I saw him filling up his Camelback.

I follow along and fill up the kids and my Camelback as well. Water is always good, right? Plus, the elevation can really make anything strenuous more difficult.

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods

We loaded up the bikes and head for the trails.  He drives us to this spot where he likes to run.  He asks if we want to go North or South. I’m already scared. North or South?!  How far are we going?!

We are about a mile or so in and it begins to sprinkle. Then I heard thunder.

We decide to turn back. So, I’m thinking that was a good short ride and we’re heading home. Nice reintroduction.

Nuh-uh, my guy just wants to wait out the storm and go out again.  Sure enough, the storm passes just as quickly as it came in. We get back on the trail ride for what feels like an eternity.

We get back to his truck and he says that was pretty easy, right? I’m already feeling sore in all kinds of ways. Haha, next time I’m pinning down minutes and distance 😀

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods

With the kids on cooking duty, I had them whip up something easy. They made delicious and filling salad with homemade Lemon Vinaigrette.

This Lemon Vinaigrette is deliciously refreshing and full of bright citrus flavors.  I love homemade salad dressings-they are easy to make and always taste better than anything you buy at the store.

Lemon Vinaigrette | Pick Fresh Foods

Lemons are one of my favorite citrus fruits. They are full of bioflavonoids and antioxidants, like vitamin C.

I always try to use the peel when I can. Grated lemon peel, or the zest, contains the phytonutrient d-limonene. Limonoids have a high bioavailability (meaning your body absorbs them easily) and research studies indicate it might slightly reduce the risk of skin cancer.

To pick a good lemon choose one that is thin-skinned, heavy for its size, and that has skin with a finely grained texture.


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Lemon Vinaigrette
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  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  1. In a small bowl add lemon juice, zest, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  2. Use an emulsion blender to combine.
  3. With blender on, slowly stream oil into mixture.
  4. Blend until combined and transfer to a sealable container.
  5. Store in the refrigerator.
  6. Shake well before serving.

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  1. Two Healthy Kitchens says:

    Mmmmmm … this looks so deliciously light and refreshing … perfect for summer! Your kids are kitchen wizards, no doubt (high-five on raising them well, mom! 😀 )! I loved your story about the bike ride! We’re really lucky to have tons of biking, hiking and running trails right near us, and we bike a lot with the kids when weather permits. The lucky part for me is that my husband has to tone down his rides because we need to accommodate the kids’ abilities with their growing bodies … so I actually am currently able to survive our rides (with only a few sore muscles)! 😀 ~Shelley

    • Thanks Shelley! I so wish that were still the case. My son is crazy good like his dad. My daughter really surprised us. I thought she’d set the pace, but she has gotten so much better and was flying down the trails. I started a new workout and everything is sore. I had already had a workout before the ride, so I was really hurting. It was still fun and nice to get back out. Have a great weekend!

  2. Looks so sunny and refreshing! I love lemons. I also love that this doubles as a marinade. Have a great weekend, Cindy!

    • I love the color of this dressing. It is just delicious! It is light and has a great flavor balance. I’m using it on everything! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 😀

  3. Perfect refreshing summertime flavor! I’d marinate it with chicken then add the chicken over a salad with more dressing :)

  4. Love lemon vinaigrettes. My fave way to use them during the summer is to make a little salad of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, torn basil, and blueberries and then dress it all up in a lemon vinaigrette. Super simple summer eating! Your vinaigrette looks beautiful Cindy!

  5. Such a pretty color! Sounds delicious!

  6. I love lemon vinaigrette and this one looks delicious! What a great flavor for the summer!

    • I never realized how amazing lemon vinaigrette is until I started making this one. I love how light and flavorful it is.

  7. My bike not only was covered in dust, it had hit the dust! I need to get a new one soon :)
    I also am making a goal to only have homemade dressings this summer. I’ve found so many good ones and they are so simple! Definitely saving this one, it is so bright and cheery! Cannot wait to have my salads with this!

    • Haha, ours are so dusty that they need a good bath. Thankfully, the wind knocks off a lot of it.
      I live homemade dressings. They really are so easy and you can customize them to your liking.

  8. Sounds like you had quite a workout/adventure!
    This dressing looks so pretty! Bonus points for the health benefits!! :)

    • Thanks Sam! Oh, it was definitely a good workout. Hopefully, the next time it will be more fun and less effort. I’ve got to get into riding shape again.

  9. This vinaigrette is so bright and summery! And thanks for the factoid about lemon peel. I never knew all of its benefits! I will definitely incorporate zest into more of my recipes. Have a great weekend, Cindy!

    • I am loving this lemon vinaigrette. It is light, but adds a lot if flavor. For the longest time I never used the peel and now I love it. I’ll take any extra health boost I can get 😀
      Have a great weekend!

  10. Homemade salad dressings are so much better than store-bought! This lemon vinaigrette looks like a perfect dressing for summer salads. I love how you’ve added the Dijon – it’s so good in dressings!

    • Every time I think a store bought dressing will be ok I am disappointed. They just have a strange smell that makes them unappealing.
      You are so right, dijon is great in dressings. It adds great flavor with just a small amount. Thanks Kristine 😀

  11. This looks amazing!

  12. That sounds awesome! I love citrus dressings, I’ll have to try this one soon. Love the color! :)

  13. This dressing looks awesome Cindy! And, after the sounds of that bike ride, I think I’d rather be home making this dressing! Hahaha!

  14. My bike is covered in dust too. I need to get out and ride it we have trails here!

    This looks so delicious. Dressings kind of intimidate me to make I don’t know why. This one seems easy and looks great!

    • Don’t be intimidated Danielle they are so super easy to make. You just add you ingredients and whisk or blend in the oil last. Then Voilà, you’ve got fresh made dressing 😀

  15. I think a time limit for the bike ride is a great idea. This vinaigrette looks scrummy! Hope your muscles are not too sore :)

  16. Aaw, hope your muscles are feeling better Cindy – we used to love biking through the trails but haven’t had a chance to go this year yet. This vinaigrette looks incredible! I love the bright sunny color and it sounds delicious!

    • Thanks Kelly. I’m feeling much better. It was just funny I was sore that day and the next my daughter came and said she too was sore but from where you sit on the bike seat. At least it’s not just the older people that feel it 😀
      Have a great weekend Kelly!

  17. I have got to make this! I’ve never seen anything more lemony looking in my life! I love love loveeee lemons! I have lemon in something every single day. This would be perfect on a kale salad or drilled over some asparagus. Delish! Having your kids make the salad sounds great! I wouldn’t mind a couple of salad chefs in my house :)

    • Thanks Allison! It is really great. I hadn’t thought about the kale. That sounds good! I too love lemons. I always have some on hand. I also love a glass of lemon water in the morning. They are just good for you..you know 😀
      Kids cooking is awesome. I love saying, “what are you making tonight ?”

  18. That must be how the.boy feels whenever he goes for a run with me! We have very different definitions of what a short run is. 😛 So glad you survived! This vinaigrette sounds so refreshing! Simple, yet delicious.

    • Oh, I bet you crazy back to back half-marathon runner! Haha You’d kill me 😀 My husband is much taller than me, so when we run together I’m always frustrated. I take 3 steps to his 1. It’s leisurely to him and I’m working overtime to keep up. Haha
      Have a great weekend Joanne!

  19. Kelle says:

    I’m going to dress my avocado in this!!!

  20. I can just imagine you huffing and puffing on that journey, Cindy! Ha! At least you got a beautiful meal made for you at the end of it … with this even more beautiful dressing – both sounds and looks delicious and perfect for a summer salad. :-)

  21. I am such a citrus freak, and this looks so delicious Cindy! By the way, I went on my first long-ish ride last night – to a restaurant downtown. My hips were screaming by the time we got home. Bravo to us both for getting the spokes back in motion :)

    • Oh, Cassye I hear ya! Those inclines make every muscle in my hips and thighs burn. Even so, I always feel good knowing I’m working muscles that haven’t been worked in a while 😀

  22. sprinklesandsauce says:

    it sure does look refreshing Cindy! love that color! :)

  23. That was a really funny story! My husband is the exact same way, so whenever we go hiking I always make sure to ask exactly how long the trail is and if there is a lot of up hill parts to it. I’m in much better shape these day, but in the past, what was really easy to him was the hardest hike I had ever been on! Thankfully I can keep up now!

    I love making my own dressings and have been experimenting with so many recently. I love a good lemon vinaigrette, especially for the hot summer months! I bet this would be good on some pasta salad too!

    • That is funny! When we first moved here we all had a hard time with the elevation, so that was the challenge. Going up hill I’d feel like my heart was going to pop out!
      I love your idea of using this on a pasta salad. Thanks!

  24. I love the all the fresh lemon in this vinaigrette! I can’t wait to try it! Pinned!

    It’s so difficult to know when to stop that first bike ride back! I always push myself too far and then either regret it the next day when I can’t walk or one time I actually had to take the bus back because I was 30 miles from home and I just couldn’t go any more. Ever tried walking miles in clips? Don’t. :-)

    • Thanks for Pinning Lindsey. I am crazy for all things lemon.
      That first ride is super fun, but yeah it can be painful the next day(s). I guess there is such a things as too much of a good thing. Walking in clips sounds awfully painful and I’m sure added to a whole different kind of soreness :(

  25. I love a good homemade vinaigrette, since I don’t always want something super rich and heavy on my salads. This looks so light and refreshing, Cindy! Can’t wait to try this over my lunch salads! 😀

  26. This looks so awesome…and so easy! We’ve been out riding a bit, too…but we haven’t had time for a long ride yet. Hopefully soon…you’ve inspired me to get going! (As long as I have some of this awesome vinaigrette waiting for me when I get home…)

    • Haha, you bet! We love riding. My husband and son are crazy good mountain bikers. Me, I’m the one you see walking their bike up a hill. Haha Thanks David.


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