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Lemon Vinaigrette

L is for Lemon !

This year I'm participating in a bi weekly challenge with some blogging friends to post recipes using all of the letters in the alphabet.  It can feature a food that begins with the letter of the week or the recipe name can contain the week's letter.

Since K was such a troublemaker for me I decided to go super simple for L and make Lemon Vinaigrette.  Grilled chicken and salad is a go-to as summer heats up because I'm all about easy meals but I still want them to taste good.


You can make this vinaigrette with five ingredients, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. I originally made it in a glass measuring cup but then switched it to a small jar that I recycled from some pesto because I wanted to be able to put a lid on it and store it.


I used my teeny little mini whisk as I added in the oil. I'm guessing you could probably just put the lid on the jar and shake it, which is what I did when I used it a few hours later.


It's good as is, but I decided to add a few more things to it. My chives are going crazy right now so I'm putting them in/on just about everything and also some crushed red pepper flakes. 

And since I'd zested the lemons I tossed that in there as well so it wouldn't go to waste.

I served it over some mixed greens, mini cucumbers, sliced red onion and grape tomatoes, but there are so many other options for this than salad.

You can toss it with pasta, use it as a marinade for chicken or shrimp, drizzle it over veggies like green beans, use it for a mayo-free potato salad.

Thank you again to Wendy for hosting the 2024 Alphabet Challenge and to the other bloggers for sharing their recipes this week! Check them out using the links down below!


Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette
Yield: 1/2 cup
Author: Jolene Martinelli- Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Chives, crushed red pepper flakes, lemon zest (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients. Slowly add olive oil while whisking constantly. Add optional ingredients if desired, whisk again.
vinaigrette, lemon,
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A perfect summer dressing. It would also make a great marinade for grilled chicken breasts.
Lisa said…
I can think of so many recipes to use this in! I cannot wait to make it.
Stacy Rushton said…
We always have a jar of vinaigrette in the fridge that I top up and add extra ingredients to as we use it. I'll be adding crushed red pepper next, thanks to you, Jolene!
Karen said…
That sounds so good with your extras in there. I love having fresh chives in my garden.
Love simple vinaigrettes like this, they are the best! And my chives are going crazy too, what a great idea.
Camilla Mann said…
This looks perfectly summery. Thanks for sharing.
What a great simple vinaigrette! And, I'll have to remember to send you the link for my favorite tiny metal whisk...LIFE CHANGER!!! It's the only wee whisk I will buy now!
Mayuri's Jikoni said…
A good basic homemade lemon vinaigrette elevates the flavour of any salad. Adding chives is a great idea.
Sneha's Recipe said…
This sounds amazing, must try it!

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