Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

January 13, 2017
Lemon Caper Salad Dressing - If you're worried about becoming salad dressing complacent - this will push you to your limits, and make you beg for more

What do you do when you're home alone?

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Put on something fancy and go to the soft-opening of your favorite coffee shop/cafe at their new location?

Sleep diagonally in bed?

Park in the middle of the driveway?

Take hopelessly long showers and try out all sorts of DIY face masks you'd be too embarrassed to have anyone else see you in?

Take the puppies for walks around the lake at dawn?  And then come home to snuggle under the electric blanket?

Eat coconut oil popcorn for dinner and spend far too much time in your pj's

Read all of the cooking magazines you subscribe to, perform appropriate magazine tears, and put them in the pretty binder with plastic sleeves that you never remember to use?

Stay up way too late listening to podcasts and reading your latest book?  Then feel guilty the next morning because you know you should've gone to bed early (with the light on, of course!)

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Wear your husband's favorite t-shirts to bed?

Spend an entire day getting your hair and nails done, before heading off to a massage?

Find yourself in the middle of lengthy and mundane conversations with your cats?

Eat meals that require little (or better yet) no cooking?  Or do you cook all sorts of decadent recipes you've wanted to try?  Only to end up with a fridge full of food that you'll pawn off on grateful neighbors?

Make elaborate plans to get through the to-do list, and eventually do nothing because you were distracted by something shiny

Then, the day your husband is scheduled to come home from a week-long training class, rush around cleaning up all of the evidence?  Nothing to see here


Buy him a card that he'll read while you're making his favorite meal.  Because you always want to let him know how much you appreciate all of the things he does(!)

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing - If you're worried about becoming salad dressing complacent - this will push you to your limits, and make you beg for more

I've been on a mission the past few months, to build my salad dressing repertoire.  My favorite kind is often out of stock at Whole Foods, and I'm always a bit bummed when I don't have something delicious in the door of the fridge

Dressings like this one are great, in part, because they're quick.  Everything into one container, mix, and you're good to go.  At first blush, this design is shockingly bold.  Made not only with lemon juice, but entire lemon segments; and far more mustard than could possibly seem like a good idea.

But at the same time, also shows a bit of restraint.  There's just enough capers and shallots to keep you going, along with gentler undercurrents of lemon juice, salt, and sweet.

The recipe's author and owner of The Spotted Pig .. serves it with a fried pig's ear salad, but mentions salads with other fatty meats, cheeses or avocado would also work.

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing - If you're worried about becoming salad dressing complacent - this will push you to your limits, and make you beg for more



ps:  How to segment a lemon 

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~ Adapted from A Girl and Her Pig by JJ Goode and April Bloomfield

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing


  • 2 medium lemons
  • 3 tbsp shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp flaky sea salt
  • ½ tsp natural sugar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Segment the Lemons
  • (Note: Do this over a bowl, so you're able to catch the juices)
  • Using a sharp knife, cut off just enough of the fruit's top and bottom to expose a full circle of the flesh on either end.
  • Stand the lemon on one of its ends, place your knifepoint at the seam where the fruit meets the pith, and use a gentle sawing motion to cut away a wide strip of pith and skin, following the curve of the fruit from top to bottom.
  • Repeat the process until all you have left is a nice, round, naked fruit. (If you've missed any white pith, trim it off)
  • Make a cut down either side of each segment, right against the membrane, and gently pry out each segment, one at a time.
  • Flick out any seeds, and set the segments aside in a bowl, reserving the juicy membranes
  • Set aside

  • Salad Dressing
  • Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a separate bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and stir well.
  • Add the lemon segments and toss gently to coat them without breaking them up. Use straightaway or chill in the fridge, covered, for up to an hour.
Serves: 1
Nutrition + Show
Calories 70
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Carbohydrates 2.1g
Fiber 0.6g
Sugars 0.6g
Protein 0.4g
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  • Reply Lauren January 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This dressing looks delicious! I will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Marlynn January 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Delicious! We love making our own salad dressings and this looks like a great one to try!

  • Reply Leah January 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    This sounds delicious! What a yummy combo of flavors!

  • Reply Cori January 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    5 stars
    When I am home alone, take the opportunity to nap ha! This dressing sounds like such a great way to top off a salad.

  • Reply Shirley January 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    5 stars
    The dressing looks quite tempting and unique. I will give it a try and share my views with you. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Krysten January 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    When I’m home alone, I read, because I can’t when my kid is here. I also listen to music loudly. And sometimes I take a nap. But I might leave an extra few minutes to make this! 😛

  • Reply Britta January 14, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Haha I love this post! I have just been home alone the last 3 nights, on two nights I went to bed at 9 and the other night I went to a pub quiz and drank way too much wine. Haha. Now he is back and I am over the moon! <3

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta January 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Loving all your pictures right now. This dressing looks amazing!

  • Reply Patricia January 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Such a nice post — love all the items on your list 🙂 I’m totally guilty of tearing out those recipes, tucking them in the binder, and forgetting allllll about ’em! This is a great dressing – I don’t use capers nearly enough, so I’m putting them on MY list!

  • Reply Laura January 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love capers but outside of Chicken Piccata I’m not so sure how to use them, great recipe to try!

  • Reply Rachel January 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Okay! This salad and dressing looks amazing. Savory, salty, and delicious! I’m going to try to cut back on the sweets and add a few more salads. This is going to be a must try! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Evi January 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    This looks so vibrant and inviting! That dressing sounds delicious.

  • Reply Anne Marie January 14, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I loved reading through this post. Oh the things we can accomplish when we are home alone. Nah. I’d sleep the day off instead. Undisturbed. No need to get out of my pajamas. BTW, thanks for sharing this delicious recipe for the salad dressing. I will make some when I am not home alone. 🙂

  • Reply Nina January 15, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I love all the self-care stuff in here. I need to go get my hair and nails done, and then get a massage. That sounds amazing!

  • Reply Carrie January 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Yum this sounds amazing! I am always looking for good salad dressing and I would have never thought to put capers in one! I will definitely have to try this recipe.

  • Reply Kusum January 15, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I am always looking for new salad dressing recipes and this is perfect! Love anything citrus, yum!!

    xx, Kusum

  • Reply Daisy J. Crawford January 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    5 stars
    This looks very refreshing! Although I think I could do without the fried pig’s ear 😛 Anything with capers, count me in!

  • Reply Anupriya Basu January 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I am not much into cooking, so can’t say that I would try this recipe. But love your post, coz yes, home alone is blissful! I read, drink coffee, sleep, go out for walks. That’s the fun part of being alone!

  • Reply Marsha January 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Oh lovely! It is a ‘definitely for me’ recipe 😀 I always looking for new dressings as well.
    A good dressing can make any salad an experience! 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth O. January 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I love collecting salad dressing recipes because I always try to eat salad on a daily basis. I would love to try this dressing, capers will definitely add more flavor to this mix!

  • Reply Ana January 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Wow this lemon caper dressing looks incredible, I would love to have it with a nice crunchy fresh salad right now, maybe even a pasta salad?

  • Reply Ana February 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    I totally agree with you that happiness is being Home Alone! I also loved the colorful salad recipe. It looks healthy and delicious!

  • Reply Jennifer L April 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    5 stars
    Wow I love a good lemon and caper sauce so I know this dressing is right up my alley. And its so easy to make. I can see this going with a salmon salad. yum!

  • Reply Freya Farrington May 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

    aww this is so cute and yes I do all of those things when home alone, guilty! Especially sleeping diagnoally! Delicious looking recipe too!

  • Reply Laura May 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Oh I’m not a fan of capers but I do love lemons! Id be interested to give this a try!

  • Reply April May 10, 2017 at 9:31 am

    My alone days definitely consist of lots of pj’ s and YouTube videos. Those are also the days when Im too lazy to cook, so I make up for it the next day by cooking up a storm lol.

  • Reply Melanie May 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

    5 stars
    That’s a great idea I need to learn to make more salad dressings. This does sound like a delicious one. I need to try and get all the ingredients in to make it myself.

  • Reply Joanna May 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    To be honest, I am always home alone so I don’t really have a ritual for it. 🙂 I guess everything would do. You definitely have mastered the lemon caper dressing, I can almost imagine its tangy taste.

  • Reply Dana Vento May 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Looks like, I need to put this on my list! I think it’s perfect and delicious!

  • Reply Elena May 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    I never experiment with salad dressings but this looks so refreshing and I think I should give it a try! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. May 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

    It looks amazing! I love being alone from time to time. It gives me space that’s all to myself. I could do anything that I want around the house. Lol. I think this salad dressing recipe is awesome, I like collecting recipes of dressings especially since I usually have salad for lunch during the summer.

  • Reply Carol Cassara May 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I have to deal with being alone sometimes as well, when the husband has commitments at work. I think it’s a great time to just sit back and relax and not mind anything but yourself. This salad dressing is something that I’d like to try.

  • Reply Dustin May 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    This sounds delicious. I love any salad dressing with a lemon base because they’re so delicious and also good for you. The sugar and capers are a great touch.

  • Reply Brandi May 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I’m a huge fan of anything with lemon. I’m definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Vera May 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Definitely pinned this for later. I HAVE to try this recipe. You visuals are perfect and my mouth is watering some just looking at it lol.

  • Reply elizabeth hurt May 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    5 stars
    I love salad’s and I love making dressings for them! I have yet to try this kind so I am so excited about this recipe! So glad I found this! My hubby will love this one! Thanks!

  • Reply Tiia January 15, 2018 at 10:09 am

    3 stars
    That looks tasty 🙂

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