If you love lemon and if you are looking to make your own homemade salad dressing look no further. This lemon garlic salad dressing is both easy to make and healthy. There is no added salt or sugar in this dressing and it is still full of bright flavor.
Why you Will Love this Salad Dressing
If you are a fan of both lemon and garlic, try this recipe. Use this dressing on your salads with leafy greens like romaine, spinach, and arugula. It pairs well with salad toppings like tomato, chives, olives, mushrooms, fresh green peas, feta cheese and goat cheese and so much more.
You will appreciate how easy it is to make this recipe as there are only 5 ingredients to combine. It is also versatile; if you don’t have fresh lemons you can always use store bought lemon juice.
This dressing is healthier than store bought dressings. When you look at salad dressings at the grocery store you see that they can sit on the shelf with an expiration date several months out. They are full of preservatives, sugar, salt and gums (thickeners). Likewise, when you try to buy a healthier dressing at the store, whether it is lower in fat or free of some other ingredient you are trying to limit, the company often adds more salt or more sugar to it.
I certainly do appreciate the convenience of store bought dressings myself. But I enjoy freshly made and homemade dressings most.
Nutrition Facts for Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing
As the lemon juice and garlic add A LOT of flavor to this salad dressing, it can be made with half the amount of oil/fat when compared to most other salad dressings. Each serving of this recipe provides 66 calories and just under 7 gm fat. Out of those 7 gm of fat, 5.7 gm are unsaturated. It also has less than 1 g of both sugar and sodium per serving.
With all of that said, you can see why this recipe is considered a heart healthy salad dressing. To read more about heart healthy eating, check out this article that I wrote. I talk about sodium, the different types of fats, fiber, and how added sugars and refined grains affect our health.
Ingredients & Kitchen Tools
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This recipe is made with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, dried basil and fresh cracked black pepper.
To shake and mix homemade dressings, I like using this OXO salad dressing shaker. It is easy to measure ingredients directly into the shaker. I also like that the shaker closes and seals well to allow for mess free mixing. It stores easily in the refrigerator and doesn’t take up too much room.
Store fresh made salad dressing in the refrigerator. It is best to use this dressing within 4 days of making, but can stay good for up to one week. If you don’t think you will use 1/2 cup of dressing over the course of a week, you can always halve the ingredients.
How to Store Fresh Made Salad Dressing
If you are like me, you may have a difficult time remembering exactly when you made homemade foods or when a package of food has been opened. I like to label foods so that I know when they were made and how long it is still safe to eat. This Duck brand freezer tape works really well to label foods. It sticks well to food containers but also comes off easily without leaving any sticky goo behind. You can easily write on the tape with a pen or permanent marker to note the date.
Recipe for Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing
Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing
A bright and flavorful salad dressing that is also healthy
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 large lemons
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dried basil leaves and black pepper. Shake in salad dressing shaker. Pour over salad and enjoy!
- Store in refrigerator for up to one week. Allow dressing to come to room temperature prior to remixing and pouring onto salad.
*If you do not have fresh lemons you can use store bought lemon juice
One serving of this recipe has about 2 mg phosphorus and 18 mg potassium.
Serving Size2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 66Total Fat 6.75gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5.7gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Thumbs up Kristyn!
Sounds refreshing and yummy I’ll have to try it