Grilled Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

This easy lemon-herb vinaigrette pairs nicely with grilled meat and veggies alike. Mix and match your favorite herbs to adjust the flavor to fit your meal. Grilling the lemon before juicing it brings out the fruit's sweetness and concentrates its flavors. But if you're not already planning to fire up the grill, this dressing is just as good with plain lemon juice.

Grilled Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 large lemon, halved

  • ½ cup mixed chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint and tarragon

  • ¼ cup finely diced shallot

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Grill lemon, cut-side down, until grill marks form, about 4 minutes.

  3. Juice the lemon into a medium bowl. Add herbs, shallot, garlic, honey, ground pepper, salt and crushed red pepper; whisk to combine. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil; continue whisking until well combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

25 Calories
2g Fat
2g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size about 1 Tbsp.
Calories 25
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Total Fat 2g 3%
Vitamin A 161IU 3%
Sodium 38mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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