Healthy Lemon Dijon Dressing

Lemon Dijon Dressing is a tangy and flavorful dressing that combines the sharpness of Dijon mustard with the freshness of lemon juice. This easy lemon vinaigrette is a popular choice for salads, and it’s easy to see why. It adds a zingy and refreshing taste to any salad, making it a perfect summertime dressing.

Lemon dijon dressing in a glass jar.

As a food lover and nutritionist, I’m always on the lookout for ways to spice up my meals. Homemade dressings beat out store bought anytime! And this dressing is a game-changer, elevating the taste of any salad to a whole new level. And I’ll share the secret to flavorful salads with Lemon Dijon Dressing.

For another delicious salad dressing, try this Parmesan Vinaigrette!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

  • Low-calorie, gluten-free, low in FODMAPs
  • A delicious homemade vinaigrette dressing packed with flavor
  • Easy to make and uses simple ingredients

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Extra-virgin olive oil goes so well with lemon juice; it’s a perfect pair!
  • Fresh lemon juice is the best instead of using the pre-squeezed lemon juice in a bottle. 
  • Dijon mustard adds a bit of creaminess and tang!
  • Honey for a touch of sweetness. Or you can substitute maple syrup.
  • Salt and pepper to enhance the flavor of the other ingredients.
Ingredients for lemon dijon vinaigrette.

Variations of Lemon Dijon Dressing

If you want to mix things up, here are some variations of Lemon Dijon Dressing that you can try:

  • Add garlic: If you are not on a low FODMAP diet, add garlic. Crush a clove of garlic and whisk it into the dressing for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Use different kinds of vinegar: Instead of lemon juice, try using different types of vinegar, such as white wine or apple cider vinegar.
  • Add herbs: Whisk in some fresh chopped herbs, such as Italian parsley or basil, for a burst of fresh flavor.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step one: First, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until well.

Step two: Transfer the dressing to a mason jar or airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

A small glass jar of lemon dijon vinaigrette with a bowl of lettuce and half of a lemon.

Common Questions

How many calories are in lemon dijon dressing?

Lemon dijon dressing is a delicious low-calorie addition to your next salad, with only 139 calories per serving of this recipe.

What does Dijon dressing taste like?

This Lemon Dijon dressing has a lemony, tangy flavor. The brightness of the fresh lemon juice with Dijon mustard’s smooth pungent, spicy creaminess is the perfect flavor combination. 

Nutritional Benefits

Not only does Lemon Dijon Dressing excite your taste buds, but it also packs a nutritional punch. 

  • Fresh lemon juice adds a vibrant dose of Vitamin C, which supports your immune system, heals your skin and tissues, and boosts collagen production for healthy skin. 
  • With its unique blend of spices, Dijon mustard brings a dose of antioxidants such as glucosinolates that prevent cancer cell growth and anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.  
  • Plus, using heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil as the base of this dressing offers many health benefits, such as fighting inflammation, reducing the risk of strokes, and protecting against heart disease. 

Low FODMAP Information

This lemon Dijon vinaigrette recipe is low in FODMAPs, so if you are dealing with IBS, you can enjoy this delicious dressing safely. According to the Monash University app, lemon juice is low in FODMAPs at up to ½ cup per meal. Dijon mustard is also low FODMAP and safe to consume up to 1 tablespoon per meal. Honey is considered low FODMAP if limited to 1 teaspoon per meal or 7 grams. 

Make sure to pair this vinaigrette with FODMAP-friendly salad ingredients. Use the Monash University app to double-check foods and serving sizes to be safe. 

Storage Instructions

  • Store it in an airtight container like a mason jar to prevent air from getting in.
  • Please keep it in the refrigerator to keep it cool and prevent spoilage for up to 1 week.
  • Shake well before using to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed.

Tips for Using Lemon Dijon Dressing

Lemon Dijon Dressing is a versatile dressing that can be used in several ways. Here are some ideas:

  • Salad dressing: This is the most common use for Lemon Dijon Dressing. Drizzle it over your favorite salad ingredients for a burst of flavor.
  • Marinade: Use Lemon mustard vinaigrette as a marinade for chicken, salmon, cod, or tofu. The acidity in the lemon juice will help tenderize the meat or fish, while the Dijon mustard will add flavor.
  • Sauce: Use it as a vegetable dipping sauce. Or add it to pasta or rice. It’s a simple way to add flavor to any dish. For example, try adding it to this Chicken Bell Pepper Pasta Salad!


Lemon Dijon Dressing is a simple and tasty way to add flavor to your salads. It’s easy to make, low in calories, and flavorful. Try it out and see how it can elevate any salad to a mouthwatering masterpiece.

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Lemon dijon mustard dressing in a glass jar.

Healthy Lemon Dijon Dressing

Veronica Thompson
Lemon Dijon Dressing is a tangy and flavorful dressing that is perfect for salads in the summertime.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 139 kcal


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Transfer the dressing to a mason jar or airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 187mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword Lemon Dijon Dressing, Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
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