Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 25, 2021


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Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing: A hint of sweetness, a perfume of vanilla and the tang of Meyer lemon create a flavorful and versatile dressing for salads, grilled vegetables, fish or fruit.

I put vanilla in almost everything.

  • a splash in oatmeal while it cooks
  • 1 teaspoon in nearly every baked good even if the recipe doesn’t call for it
  • whirled into smoothies

The trick of it is vanilla increases the perceived sweetness, so very often you can use a bit less sugar, or perhaps no added sugar, in your recipe.

Easy Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing spilled on a white plate with a white ceramic spoon alongside itDelicious.comMy proof that vanilla goes in everything? This salad dressing. My beloved Meyer lemons marry an intense vanilla paste in the presence of a super premium California olive oil, with awesome results.

How to make Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

Lemons, brown sugar in a spoon, vanilla paste and olive oil displayed on a white marble counter topnilla Salad Dressing on ShockinglyDelicious.comFirst, assemble your ingredients. For this recipe, I’m using

  • Meyer lemon juice
  • vanilla bean paste
  • brown sugar
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher or sea salt

Heilala Vanilla Paste on a teaspoon resting on the jarHeilala Vanilla Bean Paste jar against a white backgroundThere are several companies that make vanilla paste, but the one I like best is from Heilala Vanilla, a company in New Zealand that is king in the vanilla world. It’s a super premium, wonderful flavor made by combining vanilla seeds and vanilla bean extract to get the best of both — an exceptionally concentrated vanilla magic. Heilala Vanilla paste has won – deservedly! — several highly coveted foodie awards, and is prized by some of the best chefs and bakers in the world. The company ethically supports growers in Tonga who tend crops of Tongan Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans. 1 teaspoon of this paste equals the flavor and seed equivalent of 1 vanilla bean.  I mail-order mine from Love From New Zealand, a start-up that reps several high-quality News Zealand products.

Many yellow and green-tinged Meyer Lemons hanging from branches on a small treeI’m lucky enough to have a dwarf Meyer lemon tree growing in a whiskey half-barrel in my back yard, so I head out to pick a couple of lemons, in season. This recipe will work fine with regular lemons, as well, so use what you have and can get. If you can get Meyers, use them!

Hand holding a jar with salad dressing ingredients in it, ready be blended, with a white marble counter in the backgroundAdd all the ingredients to a jar with a mouth wide enough to fit your immersion blender. I enjoy the way it looks a bit like abstract art. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can make this in the regular blender.)

shot on left shows dressing with bubbles, shot on right shows dressing with no bubbles Whirl it all together. The initial bubbles will soon dissipate, as you can see in the photo above on the right. The black specks are vanilla bean seeds from the vanilla paste!

Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing dribbled on a white plate with a lemon alongside it, and branch in the backgroundglyDelicious.com

Are you convinced yet?

Reader rave superimposed on cut glass pitcher of Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup

Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing: A hint of sweetness, a perfume of vanilla and the tang of Meyer lemon create a flavorful and versatile dressing for salads, grilled vegetables, fish or fruit.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice (it might take 2 lemons to get enough juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste (I use Heilala Vanilla brand)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons super premium extra virgin olive oil (I used Garcia de la Cruz)
  • Pinch kosher salt (or sea salt)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients into a jar or shaker. Whirl with an immersion blender until emulsified.
  2. Makes about 1/2 cup.
  3. Use to dress a green salad, grilled vegetables, or even a fruit salad.

Notes

Recipe source: Slightly adapted from a recipe by Ben Mills, executive chef at Dine by Peter Gordon.

https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/meyer-lemon-vanilla-salad-dressing/

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This recipe/post for Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing was originally published on ShockinglyDelicious.com April 11, 2013, and has been refreshed and republished today. Here (below) are a couple of the photos from the earlier post, because it’s fun to see how far I have come, and to remember back to that time. 

Collage of Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing from 2013

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