Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Honey lemon vinaigrette is a delicious and easy dressing to make. It's made with simple ingredients: honey, lemon juice, olive oil, and dijon mustard. The honey adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the lemon juice, while the dijon mustard adds a little bit of tang and helps to emulsify the dressing. Of course, you can use it to dress up salads, but it's also great on roasted vegetables, grilled fish, or chicken, or even as a marinade for tofu.

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on fresh salad of colorful vegetables on cutting board with grey striped napkin
When making a salad, the more colorful, the better.

A versatile dressing that can be used in many different ways

Using mild honey is a good idea because it will allow the other flavors in the vinaigrette to come through without overpowering. You can also try using different types of vinegar in the recipe to change the flavor. Some good options are red wine, balsamic, or rice vinegar. You could also add some fresh herbs to the vinaigrette for a pop of flavor. Basil, oregano, and thyme would all be good choices.

Variety is the spice of life.

Clover honey is a type of honey made from the nectar of clover flowers. It is a light-colored honey with a mild, sweet flavor that is often used as a general-purpose honey. It is a popular choice for baking and cooking and is also often used as a sweetener in drinks and other foods. Some people prefer Sweet Clover Honey for its mild flavor, which is not as overpowering as some other types of honey. It is also often chosen for its versatility, as it can be used in various dishes and recipes.

Crimson Clover Field
This was my first crimson clover field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm.

Varietal honey, also known as monofloral honey, is made from the nectar of a single type of flower or plant. It is produced by bees that pollinate a specific type of crop, and the flavor and color of the honey can vary greatly depending on the type of plant the bees are pollinating. Some examples of typical varietal honey include clover, orange blossom, and our spring honey, which is heavily informed by apple, pear, and lavender blossoms. Varietal honey is often prized for its unique flavor and aroma, which can differ from one type of honey to another. It is also sometimes used for potential health benefits, as some varietal honey is believed to have medicinal properties.

sunflower field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm
My first sunflower field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Different regions are notorious for and abundant in varietal honey. Clover Honey, for example, often comes from Pennsylvania or upstate New York. South Dakota is most known for Sunflower Honey. Florida and California are most noted for Orange Blossom Honey, though Mexico is a close third.

How to Make Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

This recipe takes minutes, and it packs a mean punch. Use it for salad, fish, chicken, or whatever needs a little pizzazz!

  • Gather all of the ingredients that you need to make this recipe
  • Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl
  • Whisk or shake vigorously until emulsified
  • Store at room temperature before use
  • This will keep in the fridge in an airtight glass container for up to 3 months.

Adapting this Recipe

  • Add 2 tbsp. of dijon mustard for a depth of flavor
  • Try pairing oil and honey for this recipe. Use Avocado honey and Avocado oil, and ultimately add Avocado to the salad!
  • Wouldn't two tablespoons of dried lavender make this dressing different and tasty?
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing with mustard in glass milk bottle with fresh salad on white table for National Mustard Day
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing with salad

This Honey Lemon Vinaigrette salad dressing is a simple recipe that perfectly pairs with meals.

  • Use this recipe to marinate onions (red or sweet, thinly sliced) to top your salad.
  • Quickly marinate fish or chicken with this dressing for a great meal.
  • Sauté a pan of cauliflower and broccoli with this dressing.

If you're looking for a perfect protein to pair with this salad, try this Fish Dish, Fish Tacos, and Maryland Cab Cakes.