Creamy Lemon Dill Salad Dressing

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Enjoy the refreshing burst of flavor to your dishes with this creamy lemon dill salad dressing. This quick and easy homemade salad dressing is ideal for pasta or potato salads, offering a delicious alternative to traditional lemon dill vinaigrette. The combination of fresh dill, lemon juice, and zest creates a vibrant and zesty dressing or lemon dill dip.

A black bowl filled with lemon dill dressing.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Versatile: Perfect for creamy salads such as my shrimp pasta salad or as a seafood dip.
  • Cost-effective: Homemade dressing saves money.
  • Simple Ingredients: Only four pantry staples are needed.

Ingredients

Lemon dill dressing ingredients.
  • Mayonnaise: Store-bought or homemade plain mayonnaise including lighter versions work well. Try my homemade mayonnaise recipe.
  • Dill: Freshly chopped dill works best but you can also use dried dill. Alternatively, you can use other fresh herbs such as fresh parsley, green onions, or chives.
  • Lemon: Zest and juice add extra freshness.
  • Seasoning: Sea salt and black pepper.

How to make lemon dill salad dressing

Process of making lemon dill dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice and zest, chopped fresh dill, salt, and freshly cracked pepper. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Tips

Fresh ingredients: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice and recently chopped dill for the best flavor.

Creamy dressing: Achieve a creamy texture by whisking the ingredients thoroughly or using a food processor.

Chill time: Allow the dressing to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving for optimal taste.

Serving

  • Add this creamy dill sauce to your favorite summer salads, like shrimp macaroni pasta salad.
  • Drizzle over green beans or a green salad for extra flavor.
  • Great dip for fresh vegetables, including bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or other favorite veggies.
  • Serve with fish recipes or seafood such as shrimp skewers, calamari, or salmon patties.

Variations

Lighter Version: Add 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt or sour cream for a healthier dressing.

Lemon Dill Sauce: Add water or vegetable oil like extra-virgin olive oil to create a creamy sauce.

Dijon Flavors: Mix in some Dijon mustard for a lemon dill dijonnaise.

Spice it Up: Add red pepper flakes or hot sauce for extra spice.

FAQ

How long does the dressing last in the refrigerator?

Stored in an airtight mason jar or container, the dressing can last up to a week.

Can I make this dressing in advance?

Yes, the flavors intensify when allowed to meld, and it tastes even better the next day!

Lemon dill dressing in a black bowl next to lemons and dill.

Creamy Lemon Dill Salad Dressing

Caro Jensen
Add a burst of flavor to your food with creamy lemon dill salad dressing—perfect for pasta or potato salads, seafood, and fish dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1532 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice juice of one large lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest zest of one large lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • To prep dill, wash, dry, separate the leaves from stems, and finely chop them.
    1 tbsp fresh dill
  • In a small bowl, combine chopped dill, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
    1 cup mayonnaise, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • Adjust seasoning to taste. Add more dill if you prefer a stronger herbal flavor.

Notes

For more tips on how to make this lemon dill dressing, check out the cream-colored box in the article.

Nutrition

Calories: 1532kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 168gSaturated Fat: 26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 100gMonounsaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 2004mgPotassium: 85mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 181IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dip, dressing, pasta salad, sauce
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