Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing

This light lemon olive oil salad dressing is a base recipe. What makes this light is the addition of water which also makes it more alkalizing and lower in calories. Also, it is sugar-free making this is a very healthy salad dressing.

You can make this dressing different each time with a variety of herbs. I have to admit though that I almost never put any herbs in the dressing.  I love the fresh vegetables as they are with the simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.  If I want herbs I prefer fresh herbs in my salad.

Olive Oil Salad Dressing

Lemons’ health benefits are immense and another important ingredient in this recipe.  To begin they are acidic to the taste but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits. Great addition for a healthy salad dressing.

lemon olive oil salad dressing
Olive oil, a healthy staple in my kitchen.

An important ingredient in this ‘Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing’ is olive oil. Olive oil was referred to as “Liquid Gold” by the famous Greek poet Homer.  If you are what you eat, what would happen if you consumed “Liquid Gold” daily?  Extra-virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) is the best fat to use as a salad dressing.  Do not use it for cooking.  It has a low smoke point and heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.  Olive oil has so many health benefits I include some every day when I eat my salad. 

Make sure you are using real olive oil. Have you heard of the olive oil fraud? Find out Which Olive Oil to Buy.

Stevia adds sweetness without calories. As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is the healthy option.  The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter.  The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based.  Liquid forms will be less processed.  Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness.

Basil on the cutting board in my kitchen.

Basil has been considered to be ‘The Oldest Herb’.  It has been used for health reasons for its distinct flavour which is delicious.  It is one of my favorite herbs to use in my kitchen. It is a very tasty addition to this light lemon olive oil salad dressing.

MInt is a very tasty addition to this olive oil salad dressing. Great for a hot day salad. Cool fresh peppermint with its stimulating aroma is a popular flavouring for gum, toothpaste, and tea. This superfood is full of many health benefits from helping with digestion to increasing memory. Did you know it helps keep mosquitos away too? I always grow mint in my garden for salads, teas, and smoothies.

Himalayan Salt is actually good for you! 100% NATURAL PINK & CERTIFIED: Sherpa Pink Himalayan Salt is is Kosher Certified, Non-GMO, and does not contain any MSG, Soy, Gluten, Dairy, or anti-caking agents.

Time to make light lemon olive oil salad dressing!

Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing

This light lemon olive oil salad dressing is a base recipe. What makes this light is the addition of water which also makes it more alkalizing. It’s easier to make than to say it.  Sugar-free and low calories making it a very healthy salad dressing.
Course Salad
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword dressing, Gluten-free, salad, salad dressing, Vegan, vegetarian
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1 cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 -1 tsp salt
  • few drops liquid stevia
  • 1-3 tsp basil optional
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp marjoram optional
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary optional
  • fresh mint or 2 tbsp dried for a mint dressing


  • Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth.
  • Enjoy your healthy lemon juice olive oil salad dressing on a salad.
  • Put what you haven't used in a jar with a lid and refrigerate until using.


I use all healthy Ingredients: Olive oil, lemon, salt, stevia
Optional add the following herbs.
1 – 3 tsp. basil, 1/2 - 1 tsp. marjoram, 1/4 tsp. rosemary, or if you want a mint dressing add: 2 tbsp. fresh mint (or 2 tsp. dried) for a mint dressing

Have you heard of the olive oil fraud?  

Find out Which Olive Oil to Buy.

To discover all the benefits of stevia click here:  The Sweet Benefits of Stevia

Have you heard of the olive oil fraud?  

Find out Which Olive Oil to Buy.

Now that you have made this light lemon olive oil salad dressing here are a few more salad dressings to try!

More Healthy Olive Oil Salad Dressing Recipes for Your Salads

Avocado Salad Dressing
Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing

 Make Your Own Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing – This is a simple salad dressing base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs or types of salty flavors.

Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing – This ‘Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing’ is an easy way to jazz up any salad! This is a base recipe that you can alter with your choice of herbs or salty flavours. This is enough for three large salads.

 Lemon-Mint Salad DressingThis a delicious and refreshing mint salad dressing.

 Delicious Tomato Salad Dressing – This tomato salad dressing is a very light dressing recipe and is excellent for those wanting a low-fat dressing. It is always good to make your own salad dressing so you can use a nutritious oil, not too much salt and no sugar. I have been making my own salad dressing for decades.

Balsamic Salad Dressing – For a change, I occasionally make this balsamic salad dressing. I still put lemon juice in it as I do not want too much of the acid vinegar which I just use to add flavour. I always get organic balsamic vinegar.

Creamy Tahini – Creamy dressings often are full of dairy but this vegan Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing recipe is delicious and super easy to make! This dressing is packed with protein from the nutritious tahini. It is for sure one of my favourite salad dressings.

Delicious Raspberry Dressing – Usually, this raspberry salad dressing is called a `vinaigrette’ but it does not have any vinegar in it. Vinegar is not an ingredient I use as it is so acidic and can be hard on the stomach. I use lemon juice which is healthier, alkaline-forming and is a nutrient-rich superfood. So I call it ‘Raspberry Salad Dressing’.

 Vegan Yogurt Salad Dressing – This is a simple easy to make vegan yogurt salad dressing to make and always enjoyed whenever I serve it.

 Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Salad Dressing – This salad dressing is full of 3 of the 12 Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods.  Inflammation has been linked to major diseases such as Alzheimer’sarthritiscancerdiabetesheart disease, and signs of aging.

 Warm Tahini Salad Dressing – Salads are not usually high on the menu in winter or cold seasons, but one way of making them easier to eat is to have a warm dressing on them.

You can also learn how to plan and prepare super healthy meals with my 2-5-30 Healthy Diet Online Courses.




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1 thought on “Light Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing”

  1. Wonderful -sounds refreshing. Looking foward to making it when I get home.
    Thank you again for all the info and a wonderful, informative website.

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