This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is at the top of my short list of favorite salad dressings.  It’s a delicious lemon basil salad dressing that puts fresh tender basil leaves to good use. 

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I love everything about this lemon basil salad dressing!  It makes a great match with just about every salad ingredient you could toss in a bowl, but I especially love to serve it with this Kale Quinoa Salad. If you love pesto, you will absolutely love this dressing!!

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This lemon herb vinaigrette 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.

Lemon Basil Salad Dressing Ingredients

This lemon herb vinaigrette uses fresh basil, garlic and lemon juice and it comes together in a pinch.

FRESH BASIL

Use fresh tender basil leaves.  No dried herbs for this recipe.

GARLIC

Adding garlic to the mix makes this dressing so darn good!

DIJON MUSTARD

Dijon adds a lot of flavor, some creaminess and adds balance to the oil.

EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil.

PARMESAN CHEESE

Finely grate the Parmesan cheese. Don’t use the powered kind that comes in a container.

How to Make Basil Vinaigrette

  1. Place basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, mustard and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times, then slowly add the olive oil as the motor is running.Continue to blend until vinaigrette is smooth. Enjoy!
  2. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The olive oil in this basil vinaigrette will solidify in the refrigerator, so you’ll want to set the dressing out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving any leftovers.

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Salads to toss with this Lemon Basil Salad Dressing

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Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette 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 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, mustard and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Pulse a few times, then slowly add the olive oil while the motor is running.
  3. Continue to blend until vinaigrette is smooth.

Notes

  • Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The olive oil in this basil vinaigrette will solidify in the refrigerator, so you'll want to set the dressing out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving any leftovers.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

    theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.