Indulge in the delectable flavors of your own  creation with this refreshing and harmonious Lemon Parmesan Dressing. This tangy Mediterranean salad dressing is a true gem, surpassing anything you can find on store shelves. With its simple preparation and delightful taste, it has become a personal favorite that is sure to elevate your dishes to new heights. Plus, the versatility of this dressing extends beyond salads—it can also be used as a delightful topping for baked fish.

With just a few basic ingredients, you can craft this tantalizing dressing in no time. Start with a quarter cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, infusing your creation with a zesty and invigorating citrus essence. Combine it with a generous cup of extra virgin olive oil, renowned for its richness and healthful properties. The marriage of these two ingredients creates a silky and balanced base for your dressing.

A super easy to make Mediterranean salad dressing in 5 minutes.

To further enhance the flavor profile, add half a cup of grated parmesan cheese. The savory notes of the cheese add depth and richness to the dressing, resulting in a luxurious mouthfeel. Two teaspoons of Dijon mustard provide a subtle tang while a teaspoon of dried dill brings an aromatic flavor to the mix.

To elevate the dressing’s taste, include two cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press. This adds a robust and savory kick, infusing the dressing with irresistible flavors. Remember to season with salt and pepper to taste, allowing you to tailor the dressing to your preferred level of seasoning.

Once all the ingredients are assembled, simply whisk them together in a bowl for a couple of minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. This emulsifies the olive oil and ensures a smooth and well-blended dressing.

The result is a tantalizing Lemon Parmesan Dressing that will surpass your expectations. Its tangy, creamy, and herb-infused flavors harmonize perfectly, providing a balanced and delightful experience. The dressing can be used immediately or refrigerated for up to a week, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify over time.

Not limited to salads, this Mediterranean salad dressing adds a burst of flavor and elegance when used as a topping for baked fish. Drizzle it over your preferred fish fillets before baking, allowing the dressing to infuse the fish with its citrusy and cheesy notes. The result is a succulent and flavorful dish that is sure to impress.

With its simplicity, freshness, and versatility, this homemade Lemon Parmesan Dressing is the perfect addition to your culinary repertoire. Say goodbye to store-bought dressings and embrace the joy of crafting your own tangy, creamy, and delicious Mediterranean salad dressing that is bound to elevate your salads and entrees to new heights of culinary delight.

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Mediterranean Salad Dressing: Lemon Parmesan

Lemon Parmesan Dressing

4.50 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressings and Sauces, Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 12
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dill, dried
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk for about 2 minutes until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Pour dressing into a jar. You can serve right way or refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors blend.


Serving: 2tbspCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 2gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 74mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 42IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
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  1. Gerry Kennon June 21, 2022 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times now, and each time it seems to get better and better. Yum!

  2. Carolyn December 26, 2021 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I actually make a dressing of 1/2,c lemon juice, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1/8 tap. Lawry’s garlic salt, and 1/4 cup EVOO. It’s quite sour, but with an ounce of feta cheese sprinkled on my salad and a couple of Tbsp. Of this dressing, it’s delicious. The feta mellows the tartness of the lemon.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. December 27, 2021 at 9:05 am - Reply

      That sounds delicious! -Bill

  3. Joyce Butcher February 28, 2019 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I made this dressing as part of a meal I delivered to some friends. They loved it, and so do I! It is now standard at our house for Mediterranean salads. .

  4. sodonnell203 January 22, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    A great dressing can really elevate an ordinary salad to something special. This dressing is fabulous!

    • Christine Dutton January 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Lemon Parmesan Dressing.

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