This Cleansing Lemon Herb Vinaigrette is a healthy homemade salad dressing made with fist-fulls of fresh  parsley and cilantro, some fresh-squeezed lemon juice, garlic, a wee bit of honey and Dijon mustard and olive oil.  This tasty lemon vinaigrette recipe goes with just about any salad you’ll want to toss it with.

mason jar of homemade lemon vinaigrette

This lemon vinaigrette recipe is brimming with good-for-you ingredients!  It’s light and delicious and flecked with bits of parsley and cilantro.  This is a healthy salad dressing recipe to pull together in a pinch.

mason jar of healthy homemade salad dressing

Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

The healthy homemade salad dressing is one you’ll want to make.  It adds both flavor and a host of nutritional benefits to any bowl of greens you toss it with.

  • Organic lemons
  • Fresh organic flat leaf parsley
  • Fresh organic cilantro
  • Garlic clove
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Good extra-virgin olive oil

How to Make Lemon Vinaigrette

This lemon vinaigrette is all about the fresh herbs and the nutritional benefits they provide! 

  1. If you don’t have a blender (or NutriBullet) or if you want to dirty one up, then chop the parsley and cilantro (coarsely or fine – doesn’t matter), and whisk everything in a bowl. 
  2. Or you can add everything to a mason jar, seal the lid, and shake some sense into it.  Either way, this makes a delicious lemon vinaigrette that you’re sure to love!

mason jar of healthy homemade salad dressing

Benefits of Parsley

Parsley with its rugged sturdy leaves is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin K, C and A, and other nutritional benefits, making it somewhat of a superfood.  It’s a rich source of chlorophyll, which has been shown to detoxify, purify and rejuvenate your body.  Parsley has been used as a natural detox remedy, diuretic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent for centuries.  Parsley is also a rich source of lutein and zeaxanthin (potent antioxidants) which helps support good eye health.  You can read more here about the Benefits of Parsley.

Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro with its delicate wispy aromatic leaves, is packed with antioxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and  natural antihistamine properties.  Cilantro is  also a rich source of Vitamins A, C, K and B, as well as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.  The nutrients found in cilantro helps to regulate blood sugar levels, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, stimulate digestion, and helps to keep bones strong. 

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mason jar of lemon vinaigrette
Yield: 4-6 servings

Cleansing Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

This Cleansing Lemon Herb Vinaigrette is made with fresh parsley and cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, honey, Dijon mustard and olive oil


  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 heaping teaspoon lemon zest
  • Fistful fresh cilantro
  • Fistful fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons pure clover honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Refrigerate before serving

Note: If you don't have a blender, then chop the herbs and add the ingredients to a mason jar and seal the lid. Shake well. Refrigerate before serving.