Charred Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

This charred lemon-garlic vinaigrette picks up a pleasant smoky flavor from the grill. The garlic cooks just enough to mellow its flavor, and maple syrup balances the acidity nicely.

Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 large cloves garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 large lemon, halved

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat grill to medium.

  2. Place garlic cloves on a small piece of foil. Place on the grill along with the lemon halves (cut-side down). Grill until the lemon has distinct grill marks and the garlic has softened, 4 to 6 minutes.

  3. When cool enough to handle, juice the lemon. Remove and discard the garlic skins and finely chop the garlic. Place the lemon juice and the chopped garlic in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add oil, basil, maple syrup, pepper and salt. Cover and shake well to combine.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
7g Fat
2g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 36IU 1%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 2mcg 1%
Vitamin K 3mcg 3%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Magnesium 2mg 0%
Potassium 17mg 0%

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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