Herby Lemon Vinaigrette – This homemade lemon vinaigrette recipe is loaded with bright flavor and mealtime versatility. It promises to be one of your favorite fresh dressings of the summer!

herby lemon vinaigrette


I look for every which way to use fresh herbs this time of year, to soak up the beautiful flavors of summer from our herb garden.

You can find me or our girls out there, plucking of their bounty, to add delicious dimension to our meals and beverages. This is truly one of my favorite things about summer.

This Herby Lemon Vinaigrette is a dressing full of sunshine. I like to keep a jar on hand throughout the summer season, and find myself reaching for it for breakfast, lunch, and supper!

herby lemon vinaigrette in a jar

Herby Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Bright and tangy, and so pretty speckled with minced fresh herbs, this lemon vinaigrette is the epitome of mealtime versatility.

a plate with salad, english muffins, strawberries, and a hardboiled egg

I originally created this recipe to simply dress a small side salad, one of my favorite accompaniments to a breakfast of eggs.

a breakfast meal with a small side salad

All that little salad needs is a light sprinkling of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. And if you happen to have a block of Parmesan cheese on hand, a few quick shavings over the top take this salad up yet another notch.

I now keep this fresh herby lemon vinaigrette on hand for so many more reasons than originally intended.

It’s wonderful drizzled over fresh tomatoes or any grilled or roasted vegetables. Think zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, and asparagus. Our girls like to splash a bit over a fresh grilled chicken breast. Fold a hefty drizzle into a bowl of quinoa, and then add some chopped fresh cucumbers and tomatoes for an easy, flavorful salad. And it’s quite lovely on fish and shrimp.

There are so many ways to use it!

a clear jar of herby lemon vinaigrette

I like to use Meyer lemons for this vinaigrette, but they are harder to find during the summer season. So just use regular lemons when you can’t find the Meyers, and add in a bit more honey to offset the extra tang and acidity.

I promise you, this is going to be one of your favorite fresh dressings of the summer!

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This post was originally published in 2015. Photos and some of the text were updated in 2017 and 2019.

a clear jar of herby lemon vinaigrette

Herby Lemon Vinaigrette

This homemade lemon vinaigrette is like sunshine! It’s loaded with bright lemon flavor and mealtime versatility. It promises to be one of your favorite fresh dressings of the summer!
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  • 1 c. freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice or regular lemon juice
  • ⅓ to ½ c. honey use a bit more when using regular lemons
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T. minced shallots
  • 1 T. minced fresh thyme
  • ½ T. minced fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, and Dijon mustard. Then add the olive and oil and whisk again. Add shallots, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine. I often like to place vinaigrettes in a jar with a tight fitting lid, and then shake to combine.


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Nutrition Information:

Serving: 2tablespoons Calories: 85kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Sodium: 113mg Sugar: 3g
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