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Lemon Honey Dressing

Marlene is an urban farmer who enjoys preparing meals from fruits and vegetables grown in her garden. Her friends call her "Garden Girl!"

Lemon Honey Dressing

Lemon Honey Dressing

My mother taught me early in life to be conscientious about the foods I eat. Her advice is one of the main reasons I prefer to grow my own food instead of buying it at the grocery store. If I grow my own food, I know it is not riddled with pesticides and it is healthy for my body.

If I am going to put something in my mouth, I want to know the benefits I receive. I don't do an extreme amount of research, but enough to figure out if the ingredients in a dish are harmful or helpful to my body.

To my pleasant amazement, I discovered that this lemon honey dressing recipe is packed with ingredients that are quite beneficial to the body. The main components are lemon juice, honey, extra virgin olive oil, and thyme, and I go into some of the specific benefits of each of these ingredients below.

While the health benefits of this dressing make it a wise choice to consume, it's the wonderful flavors that will have you making it regularly. It is quick and easy to make and is the perfect match for green leafy vegetables like kale, arugula, and spinach. This dressing also tastes great when drizzled over broccoli and cabbage.

Cook Time

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5 min

5 min

4 servings (2 tablespoons/serving)

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, and thyme.
  2. To the bowl, add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  3. Drizzle over fresh leafy greens or just about any raw vegetable.
Basket of lemons

Basket of lemons

Health Benefits of This Dressing

  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a good source of Vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system. Lemon juice is also packed with calcium, potassium, and folate. Calcium is known to increase muscle function, potassium works with muscles and nerve function, and folate is known to help in red blood cell formation.
  • Honey: Honey is a good source of antioxidants known to protect the body from cell damage due to free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an odd number of electrons. When free radicals outnumber the body's antioxidants, the body becomes unbalanced, causing all sorts of discomfort and disorders related to lipids, proteins, and DNA.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Like honey, olive oil contains significant amounts of antioxidants. Medical experts say that because extra virgin olive oil has many polyphenols, it may be a good source of protection against cardiovascular disease. Polyphenols are the factors that act as antioxidants in the body, along with other benefits such as promoting brain function and improved digestion.
  • Thyme: Thyme is an herb that comes from the mint family. Thyme is known for its antibacterial benefits and is suitable for fighting skin conditions such as acne. Thyme is packed with Vitamins A and C, and it is said that thyme is good for treating inflammation and boosting the immune system.

Wine Pairing

The citrus in this recipe makes it acid-based, and so it makes sense that this dressing pairs well with an acid-based white wine. Try this dressing with a nice Pinot Grigio or Chenin Blanc wine. The taste treat will truly delight your palate.

The Benefits of White Wine

White wine has a high level of flavonoids which are known to be antioxidants. Antioxidants, as mentioned earlier help support the immune system. Studies show that drinking a glass of white wine improves glucose control, ultimately helping with weight loss. More studies show that consuming white wine in moderation can also help improve sleep quality.

Lemons Are in Season

Lemon trees are producing prolifically in the garden, and so my motivation for making this lemon-based dressing stems from my desire to use lemons, along with the other green leafy vegetables growing in abundance right now. Another appealing attraction about this dressing is that it is versatile. If you are someone who enjoys the flavor of lemons, you may enjoy it, as I do, as a substitute for butter on hot toasted bread or drizzled over corn on the cob. With your imagination, the uses for this dressing are limitless.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Marlene Bertrand

Comments

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 14, 2021:

I am so glad you like lemony dressings because this dressing is all about the lemon. And, remember the salt, because that salt is what brings out the tangy-sweet lemon and honey taste treat.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on April 14, 2021:

Love lemony dressings.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 14, 2021:

Hi Cynthia! Lemons are the one fruit that is always in and around my house. I do hope you like the dressing.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on April 13, 2021:

I am.missing lemons in my garden. Thank you for posting this very simple, elegant recipe. I will try it tomorrow!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2021:

Hello Bill, you are missing out!

I love salads and can hardly remember a day when I do not have one as a meal or with a meal. Well, anyway, I hope Bev tries this recipe. She'll have to be a lemon lover because this dressing is all about the lemon flavor.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2021:

Hi Pamela, you are so welcome. I enjoy gardening and when veggies are fresh, it tastes much more delightful. And, lemon is a favorite flavor of mine, so this dressing has now become a favorite.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 13, 2021:

I assume dressing is something one would put on a salad, which is something I never eat. lol But Bev will be interested in this, so thank you, my friend!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 13, 2021:

I think dressing would be excellent, Marlene. It sounds very healthy also. I think growing as much of your own food as you can is very healthy. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2021:

Hello Urwa, if I had not researched it, I might not ever have known how healthy it is. And, I do like the idea that if I pair it with white wine, it might even help with controlling my glucose levels.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada, Typically, I try to stay away from dressings, but I am pleasantly surprised at how healthy this dressing is.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on April 13, 2021:

Hello Devika, I am glad you like it. And, I would have to agree with you. It truly is a delightful dressing for a salad or vegetables.

Iqra from East County on April 13, 2021:

Lemon Honey has lots of benefits for weight consumption. I am using this for a year.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2021:

The lemon honey dressing sounds good. Both are super foods, with immense health benefits, and it’s a good idea to combine them.

Good to know that you are growing lemons, and they look wonderful.

Thank you for sharing the details.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 13, 2021:

Lemon honey dressing sounds a good idea for a salad or for vegetables. MarleneB I like this idea for a dressing.

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