Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

This is my go-to homemade lemon vinaigrette that I make when I want to dress a salad simply. It is, also, fabulous on grilled or oven-roasted veggies.  And, it is absolutely luscious brushed over grilled chicken or fish. I've even been known to toss it with some leftover pasta and sun-dried tomatoes for a refreshing and easy cold pasta salad for my lunch. It's full of bright flavors that really amp up whatever you use it in or upon.

I have an amazing Refreshing Citrus Quinoa Salad coming up on the blog soon that utilizes this dressing, as well. So, stay tuned.

Another option for a light, summery lunch is to combine diced, cooked chicken with this dressing to make a lightened up version of chicken salad. Add in some dried fruit and nuts ... maybe a few halved grapes. Serve in lettuce wraps or over a bed of greens. Yum!


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 - 5 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Kosher salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste


Add ingredients into a Mason jar and shake to combine. Store in fridge for up to five days. Shake again prior to using.

NOTE: If your vinaigrette solidifies while being stored in the fridge, simply set it out on the counter at room temperature for a few minutes. Also, you can run the jar under a little hot water to loosen things up.

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