How long does a homemade salad dressing (olive oil, garlic, lemon zest & lemon juice) last in the fridge?

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susan g
susan g March 9, 2011

It's best to make the simple dressings fresh for the salad, right in the bowl, especially with lemon juice.

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser March 9, 2011

I agree with susan -- if it were a vinegar-based dressing, I'd say 3 or 4 days, but the flavor of lemon juice really degrades after a day. Better to make it fresh.

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Waldito
Waldito March 10, 2011

And I agree with both Susan and Amanda, but if it's good-quality extravirgin olive oil, I would never, ever put it in the refrigerator.

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pierino
pierino March 10, 2011

Also, the emulsion is going to break down. It's best to make it in smaller quantities for immediate use, as opposed to larger batches. You don't want your salad swimming in dressing anyway.

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flgal
flgal March 11, 2011

Any dressing made with fresh garlic should be used quickly. If you want to keep it in the refrigerator for quite a while substitute shallots.

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