Tangy, lemony, and creamy, this Creamy Vinaigrette is here to make your salads sing! With bright lemon, zingy white wine vinegar, freshly cracked black pepper, and tangy sour cream, this versatile creamy salad dressing is amazing over green salads, mixed into slaw, served over veggies, and so much more. And it takes only five minutes to make – if that!

You’ll love creamy lemon vinaigrette with all the veggies. And you’ll love making it, too! No blender or special equipment needed – just grab a mason jar or a small bowl and a whisk and your dressing’s made.

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What is Creamy Vinaigrette?

Just like it sounds, creamy vinaigrette is simply a vinaigrette dressing with a creamy ingredient added and mixed in until it emulsifies, creating a lusciously creamy dressing.

I like sour cream for its thick and rich creaminess and a little big of tangy flavor, but you can also use a small amount of mayo, unsweetened Greek yogurt, or even a drizzle of heavy cream.

Why You’ll Love this Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Whips up in 5 minutes or less
  • Tastes so much better than store-bought
  • Versatile dressing that can dress up everything from green salads to pasta salads to crudite platters and so much more.

Ingredient Info

  • Olive oil: Most all of my salad dressings use extra virgin olive oil. The higher quality the better, but honestly budget-friendly olive oil is delicious too.
  • Lemon juice: For bright flavor that contrasts so well with the creamy component of this vinaigrette.
  • White wine vinegar: Zingy acidic flavor for the win! White balsamic is great, too. 
  • Sour cream: I add quite a bit of sour cream to this creamy salad dressing recipe because if I’m going for a creamy vinaigrette, I want it to be creamy!  
  • Honey: Adds sweetness that helps balance the acids, plus honey helps creamy vinaigrette emulsify.
  • Salt & pepper: Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper are a must!

How to Make Creamy Vinaigrette

It’s so easy to make this creamy salad dressing. My favorite method for making vinaigrettes is the mason jar method. Just add all of the ingredients in the mason jar, screw on the lid, and shake. Plus, you now have a container to store any leftovers in. Score!

You can also use a small bowl and a whisk to mix the ingredients. Or, if you’re planning to dress an entire salad with your creamy lemon vinaigrette, you can actually mix it together right in your large salad bowl, then add your salad ingredients and toss. So easy!

To make sure it’s perfect, dip a lettuce leaf into the vinaigrette to taste test it. Then, you can add more salt and pepper and adjust any ingredients if you prefer.

Ideas for Serving Creamy Vinaigrette Dressing

  • Dress a green salad with it
  • Toss with pasta and veggies for a simple pasta salad
  • Drizzle over asparagus
  • Enjoy as a dip for artichokes
  • Add a bit to sandwiches or wraps – it’s the perfect condiment!

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Creamy Vinaigrette

Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 6
This versatile vinaigrette is rich, creamy, and bright with lemony flavor. I love it on simple green salads and served up with veggie platters!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • Place ingredients into a small bowl or a mason jar. If you're using a bowl, whisk together vigorously until combined. If you're using a mason jar, twist the lid on the jar and shake well until emulsified.  
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.

Notes

Storage:

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The ingredients may separate in the fridge, so give it a good shake to mix it all back up. 

Vegan Option:

Use vegan sour cream and substitute agave syrup or pure maple syrup for the honey. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 0.3g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 199mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 0.02g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 80IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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