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Jar of lemon dijon dressing next to lemon halves

Quick Lemon Dijon Mustard Dressing with Honey

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1/2 cup of dressing 1x
  • Category: sauces and dressings
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This lemon Dijon dressing (or lemon Dijon vinaigrette) is the perfect everyday salad dressing to keep stocked in your fridge! It’s zesty, fresh, and easy to make in 5 minutes or less. It pairs well with pretty much any salad recipe, and can also be used as a marinade for fish, shrimp or another protein.


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp shallot or garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Few grinds of black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. To a small mixing bowl, add the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, shallot, salt, and pepper.
    salad dressing ingredients in a glass bowl before being whisked
  2. Whisk the ingredients together.
    small whisk in a glass bowl of salad dressing
  3. While whisking vigorously in a zigzag motion, slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil. 
    Lemon dijon salad dressing in a glass bowl with a small whisk
  4. Continue whisking until the dressing is emulsified, and the lemon juice and olive oil are not separating.



Homemade salad dressing doesn’t contain any preservatives, so it won’t last as long as a bottle of store bought dressing.

Keep this dressing in a jar with a lid for 7-10 days in the fridge. It may separate while stored – give the jar a good shake to re-combine the ingredients.

Since olive oil is an unsaturated fat, it may harden in the fridge due to the cold temperature. If this happens, just let the jar sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes, or run the jar under warm water to bring the olive oil back to liquid state.