Cheap & Green in 2013: Tangy Lemon Chia Seed Vinaigrette

lemon chia seed dressing

Now that we’ve had 2 sunny days in a row in Rochester, NY, I’m starting to hanker for delicious salads made with freshly picked greens and produce. I’m happy to toss together a quick salad of chopped veggies dressed with a fresh homemade vinaigrette.

Lately, since I’ve been trying to incorporate more superfoods into my diet, I substituted chia seeds for poppyseeds in my favorite vinaigrette. It tastes delicious and fresh, and I love that I’m getting all the health benefits of chia seeds.

Chia seeds are full of healthy omega-3s, fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Unlike flaxseeds, they are digestible in their whole form, and actually expand in liquid (or in your digestive tract), making you feel fuller.

I’ve been making this Lemon Chia Seed Vinaigrette all the time lately, and loving it. Try it with my Easy Weeknight Tomato Salad or Radish Salad.

Lemon Chia Seed Dressing


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Whisk all ingredients together.
  2. Toss with salad of your choice until coated.
  3. Store in refrigerator.
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  1. I have really wanted to start making my own dressings. They taste so much better without all those preservatives in there! I am going to have to try this recipe!

  2. Creative use for chia seeds. I’m going to have to try it.

  3. Now that looks like a dressing I would like. I am very picky, and stick to a vinegar/oil dressing but that gets old. Thanks

  4. ooh wow my husband and I would love this, i need to try and make it now :)

  5. Peg Bartles says:

    Just made this dressing. It tastes great! I am just discovering chi’s seeds and would like to hear success stories! Are they really all they are cut out to be?


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