Lemony Vinaigrette

So, while I'm still trying to detox from all the Easter candy I ate, I thought I would share this recipe for a delicious Lemony Vinaigrette with you. The flavor is so bright and fresh, much like the fruit that goes in it.
My sweet friend, Nicole, shared this recipe with me last week when we were over at her house for a homeschool science lesson. She was a middle school science teacher before becoming a mom, so she offered to do some fun experiments with the kiddos. We love spending time with their family... her children are the same ages as mine and they all get along beautifully.
Anyway, she served up this gorgeous salad with the Lemony Vinaigrette on this beautiful MacKenzie Childs Flower Market Enamelware. The salad was wonderful, but I couldn't get over the plate. I even got to drink out of one of the enamelware cups. Totally swoonworthy. I am pretty sure I will need to start collecting them. But I digress... you were reading this post for the recipe, right? Are you curious what all was in the salad? It was a baby kale mix, goat cheese, chickpeas, hard boiled eggs, and the Lemony Vinaigrette. Delicious!
Here's what you need: lemons, clove of garlic (or garlic paste), Dijon mustard, olive oil, oregano (or other herbs), black pepper
Lemony Vinaigrette
(adapted from The Digest Diet Vinaigrette)

1/3-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic paste or 1 clove of garlic grated
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, tarragon, mint or dill
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Into a mason jar with a lid, pour the lemon juice, mustard, garlic, oregano, and black pepper. Close the lid tightly and shake well to combine. Add the olive oil and shake some more to emulsify. Serve immediately or refrigerate to allow flavors to blend together. Makes about 1 cup of dressing.
The serving size is 1 Tbsp. per 2 cups of greens. It is best to toss the dressing with your greens before serving to evenly distribute the dressings (and use less dressing).

I loved how easily this dressing came together. Do you have a favorite vinaigrette recipe? I would love to hear about it.  Thanks for stopping by today!
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21 comments:

  1. Your salad looks very light and refreshing. I love chick peas and goat cheese so this is one I will make. The lemony dressing sounds great, too. That pretty plate makes the salad look even more appetizing. Have a great day, Nici!

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  2. Looks delicious, looking forward to eating more salads and using this vinaigrette on some. Can't wait to try! xx

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  3. I wish I saw this before buying salad dressing for this month:( Oh well, I'm still going to try it! It sounds perfect for my hubby and I was planning a couple of salads this week...perfect timing! Thanks again Nici for a recipe that is tweetworthy and pinworthy;0)

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  4. Oh that looks so good! I'm always looking for different salad dressings.

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  5. This sounds amazing. I'd love to try this on a fresh, summer salad! Thanks for sharing, definitely pinning this :)

    www.clarkscondensed.com

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  6. This looks light and tasty!! Thanks for stopping by allthingswithpurpose.com Thursday Link Up Party!!

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  7. I make a very similar dressing - I have not added any additional herbs to mine - love that idea...must try it with some oregano. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. What a lovely spring salad dressing! Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  9. Wonderful. Thanks for the dressing recipe. Linda

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  10. This sounds so good and very summer-y! Pinning now. http://pinkgerberdaisies-kady.blogspot.com/

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  11. I just love your Lemony Vinaigrette. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Hi, Nic, your dressing is fresh and vibrant, perfect for spring. Have a great week.

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  13. Yummy! I love making dressings at home, and I've been stuck on this honey mustard http://www.heathersdish.com/1/fail-proof-honey-mustard-salad-dressing/ dressing recipe for a few weeks. I'm looking forward to switching it up a little bit! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. I love homemade dressings. This one looks terrific.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  15. I'll definitely have to give this recipe a try! It sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

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  16. Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  17. Anything lemon this time of year sounds so good. This dressing sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your day!

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  18. I love a good salad, looks wonderful. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Sat. Dishes

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  19. The salad looks great, and the vinaigrette sounds wonderful! I love lemon, but I don't think I've ever had a lemon vinaigrette. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Debbie

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  20. This dressing sounds good. Thanks for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned this for later.

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  21. I made this dressing and it is SO yummy!! :) Thanks for sharing.

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