Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

This Honey Lemon Vinaigrette is super versatile. You can use it to dress up more than just a salad. Try it on seasonal vegetables or use it to quickly marinate fish, meats, and poultry. When I whip up salad dressings, I often use mild honey.

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on fresh salad of colorful vegetables on cutting board with grey striped napkin
When making a salad, the more colorful the better.

Clover Honey is a mild Varietal Honey created by bees mostly pollinating clover flowers. On our farm, we grow a few different kinds of clover but our honey is considered Artisanal since we have so much else growing at the same time. The bees pollinate everything in bloom at the same time. They don’t discriminate between flowers.

Crimson Clover Field
This was my first crimson clover field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm.

Varietal Honey, made with nectar from one type of crop, are true labors of love by the beekeeper, who carefully sets hives in the center of cultivated fields for bees to provide pollination services for the brief time of blossoming.

Since bees will fly up to six miles to find nectar, the challenge in achieving varietal honey is providing enough crops of one type to satisfy the hive. The beekeeper then collects the filled frames from the hives and allows the honey to cure for a few weeks, then processes the frames. When honey is labeled as varietal, that means that at least 75% of the honey comes from one particular crop.

sunflower field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm
My first sunflower field on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Different regions are notorious for and abundant in varietal honey. Clover Honey, for example, often comes from Pennsylvania or from upstate New York. South Dakota is most known for Sunflower Honey. Florida and California are most noted for Orange Blossom Honey, though Mexico is a close third.

How to Make Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

This recipe takes minutes and it packs a mean punch. Use it for salad, fish, chicken or whatever needs a little pizzazz!

  • Gather all of the ingredients that you need to make this recipe
  • Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive bowl
  • Whisk or shake vigorously until emulsified
  • Store at room temperature prior to use
  • This will keep in the fridge in an airtight glass container for up to 3 months.

Adapting this Recipe

  • Add 2 tbsp. of dijon mustard for a depth of flavor
  • Try pairing oil and honey for this recipe. Use Avocado honey and Avocado oil, and ultimately add Avocado to the salad!
  • Wouldn’t two tablespoons of dried lavender make this dressing different and tasty?
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing with mustard in glass milk bottle with fresh salad on white table for National Mustard Day
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing with salad

This Honey Lemon Vinaigrette salad dressing is such a simple recipe and perfectly pairs with your favorite meals.

  • Use this recipe to marinate onions (red or sweet, thinly sliced) to top your salad
  • Quickly marinate fish or chicken with this dressing for a great meal
  • Sauté a pan of cauliflower and broccoli with this dressing

If you decide to try making this recipe, share a snapshot with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on fresh salad of colorful vegetables on cutting board with grey striped napkin

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey lemon vinaigrette, salad dressing, vinaigrette
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 169kcal
A recipe for every season, especially the new year for all those greens you resolved to eat.
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  • 1 c olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/8 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 c lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper ground


  • Combine all ingredients and whisk or shake vigorously until emulsified. Store at room temperature prior to using or this will keep in the fridge in an airtight glass container for 3 months.



Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

If you’re looking for a perfect protein to pair with this salad, try this Fish Dish, Fish Tacos, Maryland Cab Cakes.

Fish Dish

This recipe is all about what appeals to you. If you prefer a white flakey fish to a firm meaty fish choose snapper over trout, treat yourself!
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