If you’re looking for a simple house dressing, this Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette is for you! It’s sweet, bright, juicy and bursting with acidity. Perfect for any salad you throw at it.

A close up shot of Andy shaking his Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette in a large half full mason jar.

How to make a Vinaigrette.

A proper vinaigrette is a beautiful thing. Making them can be a bit tricky. Often you’ll see a vinaigrette split, causing your salads to be oily. 

One of the easiest ways to make a vinaigrette is in a blender. The blades move so fast they emulsify the ingredients in a matter of seconds. 

If you don’t have a high powered blender, a trusted mason jar and some elbow grease will do the job just fine! 

There’s often a binder, I like to use a mustard of some sort. It helps the dressing come together and adds a bit of spice, heat and flavour.

Andy pouring the ingredients for Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette into an empty mason jar.

What are the ratios for a vinaigrette?

The traditional ratios for a vinaigrette are 3-1. 

That’s 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. This can be changed to fit your preferred tastes!

A fully shaken Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette sitting next to a bowl of salad greens.

Key Ingredients for Garlic Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette.

Dijon Mustard -Helps emulsify the dressing and adds flavour!

Garlic – Raw garlic has a ton of heat, punch and sharpness!

Lemon – Always use the zest and the juice (never leave flavour behind!!) 

Apple Cider Vinegar– I like to use vinegars to add more of an acidic back bone, apple cider goes really well with thyme! 

Maple Syrup – You always need a bit of sweetness  in your dressings. Mapple has a ton of sweet, rich flavours that surprisingly go with a ton of other things. It’s not just for pancakes people!

Fresh Thyme– Thyme is a super floral, pretty herb. Very delicate but when used right, can translate a ton of great flavour to any dish.  

Other recipes to check out!

If you liked the sound of this Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette, here are a few other recipes you should check out!

Chicken Shawarma Salad 

Spring Harvest Salad

Pomegranate and Kale Salad

Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

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  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 large Garlic Clove minced
  • 1 Lemon juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Fresh Thyme roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Olive Oil


  • In a large mason jar, add dijon mustard, minced garlic, lemon juice and zest, apple cider, maple syrup , chopped thyme, salt, pepper and 1 cup of olive oil. Shake well until fully combined. Keep stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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