Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 11, 2013

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I put vanilla in almost everything.

In oatmeal while it cooks, in nearly every baked good even if the recipe doesn’t call for it, in smoothies. The trick of it is vanilla increases the perceived sweetness, so very often you can use a bit less (or perhaps no) sugar in your recipe.

My proof that vanilla goes in everything?

This salad dressing!

Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing Recipe on Shockingly DeliciousMy beloved Meyer lemons marry an intense vanilla paste in the presence of a super premium California olive oil, with awesome results.

Recipe: Meyer Lemon Vanilla Salad Dressing

Summary: A hint of sweetness, a perfume of vanilla and the tang of Meyer lemon create a flavorful and versatile dressing for salads or even fruit.


  • 3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon Heilala Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons super premium extra virgin olive oil (I used the award-winning Calolea brand)
  • Pinch kosher salt (or sea salt)


  1. Mix all ingredients into a jar or shaker. Whirl with an immersion blender until emulsified.
  2. Makes about ½ cup.


Slightly adapted from a recipe by Ben Mills, Executive Chef, Dine by Peter Gordon.

What is Heilala Vanilla

Heilala Vanilla Bean Paste on Shockingly DeliciousThe king of the world of vanilla, Heilala Vanilla Paste, from New Zealand, is a super premium, wonderful flavor made by combining vanilla seeds and vanilla extract to get the best of both worlds. It is slightly thickened by a natural seaweed thickener, to yield nothing short of vanilla magic. Heilala Vanilla paste has recently won – deservedly! — several highly coveted foodie awards, and the company is one to watch.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Number of servings (yield): 8
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★


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