Garlic Lemon Salad Dressing

Garlic Lemon Salad Dressing

A friend of a friend (named Heather) made this salad when a bunch of us went to Ravinia to see Train. It was phenomenal. So much so that I had to Facebook stalk her to get the recipe for her dressing. It’s that good. She told me that the recipe originated with her sister-in-law. Here it is as she gave it to me, with one difference. Where Heather used canola oil, I used olive oil.


Dressing Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup extra light olive oil (or, if you like the richer flavor of EVOO, I suggest 1/4 cup EVOO and 1/2 cup light olive oil)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (I like to use fresh squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use kosher)
  • garlic (5-7 crushed cloves or 2-3 teaspoons minced from a jar)
  • 1 pinch of pepper


  1. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and pepper in a jar or salad dressing container that you can close tightly.
  2. Shake and refrigerate until use. 

Salad suggestion: romaine hearts tossed with parmesan, sliced almonds, and croutons (I LOVE Texas Toast Cheese & Garlic croutons), and of course, the salad dressing dressing (to taste). That’s it!

If you want to make a meal out of it, adding grilled chicken , shrimp, or fish goes very well.

Dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

*** 8.23.20 Update ***

I have found that this salad dressing also makes an excellent seasoning prep for stuffed mushrooms or your favorite roasted veg (green beans, asparagus, broccoli, etc.), not to mention a great alternative to a creamy pasta sauce.