Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing (Try It On Fries!)

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I love homemade salad dressing, you just can’t beat the freshness! And really? It’s pretty easy to make.

I went on a major Jamie Oliver kick about 10 years back and learned the basics of building a good dressing. The man is a genius with food. I highly recommend this cookbook for mastering some key skills for putting together delicious recipes.

But back to this dressing situation.

My go-to homemade version is this simple creamy lemon garlic dressing. Why? Because not only is it amazing on salads, it also makes a fantastic marinade and scrummy french fry dip (if you like that kind of thing).

In this post, I’m going to share the recipe for my family’s favorite creamy lemon garlic dressing slash marinade slash french fry dip.

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Craving spring salad? Try this creamy lemon garlic dressing recipe. It's delicous on arugula with slivered almonds and goat cheese. I also love this lemon garlic dressing recipe as a marinade for chicken, steak, pork, seafood -- even tofu! If you want to get a little crazy, try mixing a little of this homemade lemon vinaigrette into burgers then dipping your french fries into the rest!

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How to Make Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

To make this versatile salad dressing you only need a few simple ingredients: garlic, lemon, mayo, grated parmesan, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Combine all the ingredients in a small jelly jar and shake until emulsified. This dressing will keep in the fridge for at least a week. Shake the jar again before each use as it will separate in the fridge.

Creamy lemon garlic dressing is simple to make with common ingredients and also makes a great marinade for chicken, steak, pork, and fish.

Salad dressing really is very easy to make. You just add an acid, a fat, and some seasoning and shake it up! I love this lemon garlic version for spring especially. The fresh citrus flavor makes it feel like maybe, just maybe, warm weather is just around the corner.

Late winter and early spring in New England is a game of mental endurance. Whatever it takes to trick myself into believing 😉

My favorite salad to use this on is a simple bed of baby arugula, slivered toasted almonds, and either goat cheese or shaved parm. Sounds a little strange, but whenever I serve it every last bit is gobbled up with requests for more.

This salad would make an incredible side dish to my crispy sweet potato gnocchi.

Not a salad lover? Then try marinating your favorite protein! I’ve used this as a marinade for lemon garlic chicken on the grill, steak tips, pork tenderloin, and salmon. I plan to try it on tofu next.

I’ve even mixed it into burgers for an extra kick.

So good.

Of course, I have to mention creamy lemon garlic dressing as fry dip again. Skeptical? Seriously. TRY IT.

You may become a convert 🙂

Creamy lemon garlic dressing is simple to make with common ingredients and also makes a great marinade for chicken, steak, pork, and fish.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This creamy lemon garlic dressing uses common ingredients to make an uncommonly good dish. It's delicious over arugula for the perfect spring salad but also makes a great marinade and french fry dip!


  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Finely grate or mince 1 glove of garlic and place in a pint-size Mason jar.
  2. Juice two large lemons to get about 1/3 cup of juice. Add juice to the mason jar, taking care to strain out any seeds.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the jar.
  4. Screw cap on tightly and shake well until emulsified.
  5. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!


I recommend making this in a mason jar so you can store it directly in the fridge.

This dressing will keep for at least a week.

You'll need to shake it before each use because the ingredients will separate.

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