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Simple Lemon Dressing!

Burnt Macaroni salad dressing 055aI’m always on the lookout for a good salad dressing recipe.  Growing up my mom always used store-bought Italian dressing.  Nothing was wrong with it but the dressing was very heavy and full of calories.  So once I realized that every calorie counted, I started looking for homemade recipes that were light and made with fresh ingredients.  This one is a perfect lemon dressing that can be used for salads or for veggies.  And sometimes cooking isn’t about using a pot or oven — it’s about bringing together a meal and this dressing does that.

Burnt Macaroni salad dressing 020aHere’s all you need!  It’s made with these five ingredients…olive oil, lemons, oregano, black pepper and salt.  That’s it!

Burnt Macaroni salad dressing 031aMix it all together and you have a simple lemon dressing.

Burnt Macaroni salad dressing 050aUse it on your favorite salad or on broccoli or your favorite veggies!  It’s easy and tastes great!

Simple Lemon Dressing!

Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon Ground Oregano
  • 5 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Juice from 1 large Lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or Table Salt


  1. Pour the olive oil into glass measuring cup
  2. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  3. Add the oregano, salt and pepper
  4. Mix with whisk and pour on salad or veggies!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from a recipe from the great Jacques Pepin. It can be varied in several ways. If you want less of an oregano taste, cut the recipe to 3/4 of a teaspoon. And if you want less oil, use only 4 tablespoons. You can always add salt and pepper to your taste.

Do you have a favorite salad dressing recipe?  Please send it to me and I’ll be happy to share!


About Author

As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!


  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    07.25.13 at 7:22 am

    Love easy and delicious homemade dressings!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Chris
      07.25.13 at 11:32 pm

      Thanks Sommer!

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    • Chris
      08.16.13 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Desiree! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Hayden
    01.26.14 at 6:37 pm

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    • Chris
      02.01.14 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s nice to have you!

  • Karen
    01.17.17 at 10:15 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Chris! Hopefully dear hubby will like it better than bottle Italian.
    blessings, Karen from Oregon

    • Chris
      01.23.17 at 1:31 pm

      I hope so too Karen! Let me know how it came out!


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