Lemon Parsley Salad Dressing

Chopped parsley
Chopped parsley and lemon

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 1/3 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
276 Calories
19g Fat
26g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 276
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 6g
Calcium 175mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Lemon and parsley are a fantastic flavor pairing. In this quick and simple lemon parsley salad dressing, the duo brings a lot of zing to plain lettuce or your favorite mix of fresh greens, but it's delicious on salads made of other vegetables too. Brightly flavored, this lemon parsley dressing is a fantastic flavor boost to spring and summer salads.

Rather than a vinaigrette, this recipe creates an olive oil-based dressing that requires no vinegar. Instead, the olive oil is flavored with fresh parsley, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Give it a boost with a small amount of garlic if you like. The preserved lemon peel is also optional—it's a great way to save lemons for later use and requires letting juiced lemons sit in their own salted juice for about a month. If you have some or can plan ahead and make them, this small addition gives the dressing a wonderful zing.

The lemon parsley dressing mixes up in minutes, requires no cooking, and adds a refreshing touch to any salad. You can keep the dressing in the fridge for a week, though the olive oil will solidify when chilled. Don't worry too much about that; it will melt quite quickly once set out at room temperature for a few minutes.

This recipe makes about 1/3 cup, which is enough dressing for four to six cups of lettuce or other salad greens. Feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple it for larger salads or to have some on hand for salads over a few days.


  • 1/4 preserved lemon peel, optional
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. If you have some preserved lemons on hand, take 1/4 of one, rinse off the pulp, and mince the peel.

  3. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or put them in a jar and shake to blend. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste. If the dressing is too zingy for you, feel free to add more olive oil to soften the flavor. A bit more salt will help temper the acid, too.

  4. Use immediately or store, covered and chilled, up to 1 week.