Lemon Basil Vinaigrette


This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is at the top of my short list of favorite salad dressings.  This simple dressing uses fresh tender basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, a wee bit of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and extra-virgin olive oil.  It’s quick and easy, fresh and delicious, and it’s perfect on your favorite salad fix-ins. 


This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a great all-purpose salad dressing.to add to your repertoire. It makes a great match with just about every salad ingredient you could toss into a bowl.


This dressing also makes an irresistible dipping sauce for crunchy vegetables and crusty breads.  Though I swear every dressing I love is irresistible with a crusty bread.


When I make this dressing, I rarely measure. I pack the bowl of the food processor with basil leaves, toss in a very generous heap of grated parmesan cheese (let’s be honest, the parmesan cheese makes this vinaigrette the prized dressing that it is), then I start the processor and slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube until the basil and cheese starts making magic in the bowl.  lemon-basil-vinaigretteOnce you taste this simple Lemon Basil Vinaigrette, it’s likely to shoot right to the top of your short list of favorite dressings as well!


I first featured this vinaigrette with this awesome Kale Salad (my house salad), but I make this dressing so often that I thought it should have it’s own space here at THK!

~ Deb

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, mustard and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Pulse a few times, then slowly pour the olive oil in the blender.
  3. Continue to blend until vinaigrette is smooth.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving

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