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salad with lemon vinaigrette

Basic Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


This easy lemon vinaigrette recipe has maple syrup for extra flavor and is done in just 10 minutes. Make a double or triple batch for meal prep and enjoy easy salads all week long!


  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Shake all ingredients in a jar or whisk together in a bowl. Taste, and add more salt if you'd like.
  2. That's it. That's salad dressing. Serve over your favorite salad!


For sweetness, I love maple syrup in this, but sub any sweetener you like! Honey or agave work particularly well in this dressing.

Same for mustard - use anything you like! Dijon, stone ground, brown, or spicy mustard are all delicious in this. With Dijon mustard, this is similar to a classic French Dijon vinaigrette aka VERY yummy.

This is also wonderful as a marinade for chicken breast, just double the batch and marinate for 30 minutes or so before grilling or pan-searing some chicken.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes

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