Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing


This creamy lemon-garlic dressing carries the full flavor of roasted garlic, with lemon juice and Dijon mustard rounding out the flavor.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 large head garlic

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ cup reduced-fat buttermilk

  • 2 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim and discard top 1/2 inch from garlic head. Place the garlic, cut-side up, on a sheet of foil; drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Wrap tightly in the foil; roast until the cloves are completely softened and jammy, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Squeeze the garlic cloves onto a cutting board; discard garlic skins. Using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash the garlic into a paste.

  2. Transfer the garlic paste to a lidded jar or medium bowl. Add buttermilk, mustard, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, onion powder, salt and the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Seal the jar and shake, or whisk vigorously in the bowl, until well combined. Shake or whisk before serving.

    Creamy Lemon-Garlic Dressing
    Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Styling / Emily Nabors Hall / Julia Bayless

To make ahead:

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Shake or whisk before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

82 Calories
7g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 Tbsp.
Calories 82
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Vitamin A 81IU 2%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 45mg 1%

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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