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Easy One-Jar Lemon Salad Dressing


Easy One-Jar Lemon Salad Dressing

Some people drizzle. Some people douse. Some people drown. Whatever your salad style, this dressing fits the bill. It’s light, tangy, slightly creamy, compliments all kinds of salad fixings, and is unbelievably easy to make.

This dressing comes just in time, seeing as how it’s officially salad season. The warmer weather is one indicator, but mine and Clark’s constant craving for all manner of greens, all of the time, is what really gave it away. Lately, we’ve taken to making massive, mixing-bowl sized salads. Heaping handfuls of mixed greens, sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, and pistachios – an irresistible combination, especially when topped with this dressing.

This was a recipe that came about out of necessity. When you’re eating one or two salads a day, dressing starts to get expensive and you always seem to be out of it. My solution? Figure out a dressing that can be made anytime with what I have on hand, and quickly.

One-Jar Lemon Salad Dressing

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Olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. [And, if you want to make your life easier, a small mesh strainer is recommended.]

Once you add all of the ingredients to a Mason jar [or your mixing instrument of choice], all that’s left is a little shaking and mixing. Simple as that – it comes together, is stored in, and can be poured from one jar.

I wanted to keep this post short and sweet, just like the salad dressing itself. Because with these warmer days happening, I’m sure we’re all ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

One-Jar Lemon Salad Dressing


Easy One-Jar Lemon Salad Dressing

A simple salad dressing that you can make in one jar in under 5 minutes. Tasty, tart, and sweet. The perfect combination for a spring salad.

  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiment


  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl.
  2. Shake or mix together until fully combined.
  3. Add to salad of choice and enjoy!


  • Calories: 173
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 75 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g

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  • Ruth
    January 29, 2018

    Wow. Very good BUT definitely NOT low calorie. At 840 calories for the oil alone…divided by four servings.

    • thefitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Hi Ruth! I just updated the nutritional info on this dressing. I estimate that it makes between 4 and 6 servings (depending on how heavy a salad-eater pours!) With that plugged in, it winds up between 175 and 250 calories per serving.

  • Abbey
    March 25, 2016

    What is coconut vinegar? This looks amazing!

  • Whitney
    September 3, 2015

    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe! I’m trying this on my salad tomorrow!! Can’t wait! Looks pretty low calorie too!

  • tee
    July 22, 2015

    Very good! simple and I had Meyer lemons to use, so it was extra delicious. Brightened the flavor of my salad and I got a thumbs up from my family. Super simple – although I didn’t have the coconut vinegar. I bet that’s really nice with it. I’ll be on the lookout for it. I’ve pinned it and posted in my “tried” board with accolades :-).

    Now i’m off to look at some more of your site!

  • jessica
    July 22, 2014

    is it something you have to make every time you want to have some or does it keep well/how long?

    • thefitchen
      July 25, 2014

      You can make it fresh each time, or keep it in a glass jar for 4 or 5 days. Just shake it each time you use it and you’re good to go!

  • Laurie
    July 19, 2014

    Perfect!!! Thank you this will be my go to salad dressing from now on. I have tried many homemade dressings and this one is the best. Thanks again!

    • thefitchen
      July 20, 2014

      Glad you like it! This is our standby salad dressing – there is always a jar ready to use. Enjoy!

  • Rachel
    April 18, 2014

    I sprinkled some poppy seeds on my salad mix, topped with this dressing. It was perfect, and so simple!

  • Erika
    April 7, 2014

    Ooh this dressing is so fitting because my cousin was over this past weekend and made THE most delicious lemony dressing for a salad…I think it was inspired by a My New Roots recipe and was quite similar to this, with the addition of one chopped clove of garlic. I love that you just made it in one jar–definitely going to be trying this soon once I finish my current dressing :)

    OH! And I made a tart crust this weekend inspired by your bok choy tart (I added chickpea flour in addition to the almond meal + quinoa) and it turned out fabulously!! You guys and your recipes are awesome :))

    • thefitchen
      April 7, 2014

      I am loving lemon salad dressing right now! It is definitely that time of year. I haven’t seen the My New Roots recipe but I will have to go check it out – garlic would be a brilliant addition to the flavors. I have a definite obsession with garlic… so that could be a dangerous path.

      So glad you liked the tart crust! And now I know that chickpea works as a substitution, if necessary. :) It always helps to have someone else doing recipe testing for you, too. Hehe!