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Summer Starburst Vinaigrette

  • Author: Kelly
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings depending on the hunger level 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


If you’re looking for a delicious, bright summer salad dressing this house favorite vinaigrette is the place to start! Super sweet and juicy Datterino grape tomatoes, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a little dijon, honey, and sweet onions make up the base of this packed-full-of-flavor salad dressing!  Add a little EVOO, and salt and pepper to taste and you won’t be able to stop putting it on everything!


  • 3 ounces sweet Datterino grape tomatoes finely diced, (about 8 tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Borretane sweet onions, minced (or substitute Vidalia onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (5g)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon honey (9g)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (50g)
  • fresh marjoram or oregano, chopped, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Squeeze the lemon juice into a mixing bowl and add the Dijon, honey, chopped herbs, and salt and whisk to incorporate the ingredients and dissolve the salt.
  2. While whisking vigorously, drizzle the olive oil slowly into the mixture until the ingredients have emulsified slightly. Add the tomatoes to the vinaigrette mixture, add freshly cracked black pepper, and onions, and whisk everything until combined.
  3. Adjust the seasonings and serve immediately over your favorite salad greens, sliced mozzarella, or grilled chicken, and Enjoy!


  • Make the vinaigrette ahead. This salad dressing can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days in a sealed jar or similar container.
  • Scale this recipe up.  Double or triple the recipe for serving larger crowds, or to have it ready for a few quick healthy meals during the busy week.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, no problem. Simply smash then chop the tomatoes as finely as possible, and mix everything in a mixing bowl using a whisk to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • Always use the sweetest tomatoes you can find. Any variety of tomato works well in this recipe as long as they’re garden-fresh. Use Roma’s or beefsteak varieties or grow your own  Italian Datterino grape tomatoes.


  1. Wash and roughly chop the tomatoes and place them into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except for the olive oil to the food processor and pulse a few times.
  3. With the motor running, drizzle the olive oil slowly into the chute to allow the vinaigrette to emulsify. This will make a smoother vinaigrette. Adjust the seasonings and serve immediately to over your favorite salad greens, sliced mozzarella, etc. and Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Vim + Vinegar
  • Method: Food Processor or Whisk
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

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