Honey lemon vinaigrette is a quick, easy and healthy salad dressing that require only 6 every-day ingredients and takes only 2 minutes to make. You can use it in simple healthy salads like this roasted carrot salad or dress salt-roasted beets to name just a few.
- Lemon - Unwaxed lemons for this recipe as we are also using the zest for added lemony flavour.
- Honey - Use clear runny honey with a mild flavour like this wildflower honey.
- Oil - Most of the oil used in this recipe is neutral-tasting canola oil. The rest is a good quality extra virgin with green grassy notes and low bitterness.
Useful equipment for this recipe
Small Kilner jars
How to make it
- Zest the lemon using a Microplane or fine grater.
- Cut the lemon in half and juice using a citrus juicer or squeeze out the juice through a sieve to make sure no pips fall in.
- Place the zest and juice along with the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl or jar with a lid.
- Vigorously whisk or shake the jar until the vinaigrette is emulsified.
- Use straight away or store in airtight containers in the fridge until needed.
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This vinaigrette can easily be modified by taking the following steps.
- Change the citrus - Use lime instead of lemon or substitute for a mild vinegar like apple cider or champagne vinegar.
- Add spice - Use sparingly, but ground cumin, fennel seeds, and cinnamon make this vinaigrette perfect for dressing Middle Eastern and North African salads.
- Change the honey - If you are strict vegan then change the honey for maple or agave syrup. Otherwise, choose interesting flavoured honey like buckwheat or heather.
- Garlic or chilli- Roasted garlic or grate a small amount of fresh garlic for an extra punch. For some heat add a teaspoon of homemade sriracha sauce or freshly chopped chillies.
- Dijon mustard - Add mustard for a delicious dressing you can use with barbecued pork belly.
- Add herbs - I recommend you add mint. It's a delicious combination perfect for seasoning couscous salad or a simple green leafy salad with rocket, mozzarella and grapes.
- Asian aromatics - Add finely chopped lime leaf, lemongrass, or grated ginger for a delicious South-East Asian salad dressing.
- Change the oil - Substitute the olive oil for truffle oil or pumpkin oil.
This is a very versatile dressing that can be used on any salad or with warm dishes and can be served all year round.
- With vegetables - Use it to dress roasted pumpkin, carrots, beets or baby potatoes.
- Fried cheese - Sear some halloumi in a pan and dress it with this vinaigrette. It's fantastic.
- In salad - Use this vinaigrette as a simple healthy dressing in a green salad with romaine hearts, corn salad and soft herbs like parsley, mint, and chives. Alternatively use for a roasted vegetable salad like this pumpkin and pecan salad.
- With seafood - Some seafood like seared scallops, shrimps and oysters taste delicious when dressed with a light sweet and sour vinaigrette like this.
- To season fermented foods - The saltiness of fermented cucumbers, fermented carrots or sauerkraut goes extremely well with this lightly sweetened dressing.
Frequently asked questions
Seal airtight in a plastic or glass jar and store in the fridge until needed.
It will easily last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
Simply place in a freezer-safe sealable container and it will happily sit in your freezer almost indefinitely
Vinaigrette is not 100% an emulsion so it will slowly split. To emulsify it simply shake or whisk vigorously and it will come back together.
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