This Meyer Lemon Dressing and Marinade is a multi-functional condiment that pairs well with many proteins and vegetables. Just in time too, as we’re smack dab in the middle of citrus season! This marinade is perfect for marinating and cooking chicken or fish, or to drizzle on your favorite salad or pour over cooked vegetables.

2 chicken breasts in an oval dish bathed in Meyer lemon marinade with slices of lemon

Did you know that you can make salad dressing into marinades and vice versa? I’ve done this a few times with Miso Sauce Dressing and Marinade and Everyday Herb Sauce.

What are Meyer lemons?

A cross between a lemon and mandarin orange but are slightly more orange in color and sweeter than lemons.

What do Meyer lemons taste like?

Like a mild, less tart lemon and a mandarin orange.

A glass jar of bright yellow Meyer lemon dressing and marinade

You can substitute Meyer lemons for regular lemons in most sweet and savory recipes. And in addition to being in the thick of citrus season, we are also in green garlic season which is also featured in this sauce and, believe it or not, they pair really well together!

What is green garlic?

Different looking than your regular garlic bulb. Green Garlic are scallion/green onion looking sprouted garlic that has a milder flavor, more on the side of onion. Also known as spring garlic (that’s such a friendly name).

Pouring Meyer lemon vinaigrette over a colorful salad

This is one of the easiest salad Meyer Lemon Vinaigrettes that you can make in advance and keep on hand for winter and spring salads. I like to use it to marinate chicken breast, then bake it in the marinade with slices of Meyer lemon for garnish (see pic above). This same method also works wonders with shrimp.

When it comes to marinating any meat or fish with citrus, don’t marinate too long as the acidity can break down the meat. 1 to 2 hours is just about enough.

A plate of broccolini drizzled with lemon sauce

This recipe also serves as a finishing sauce for vegetables. Here I simply sautéed broccolini and drizzled with the Meyer Lemon Sauce.

You can also add fresh herbs, like I do, to take the flavor profile to the next level. I like fresh rosemary, but fresh thyme is also a delicious option.    

If you’ve made this Meyer Lemon Dressing and Marinade leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers.

Yield: 4

Meyer Lemon Dressing and Marinade

Meyer lemon marinade and dressing in a glass container with a salad

Fresh meyer lemons mixed with honey, green garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup (60 ml) meyer lemon juice (about 5 or 6 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons green garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Small pinch ground black pepper to taste


  1. To a bowl, add the lemon juice. Whisk in the honey until dissolved. Add the garlic then whisk in the olive oil until well blended. Salt and pepper to taste.


Yields 3/4 cup/178 ml

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 26Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 265mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 0g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.