Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is at the top of my short list of favorite salad dressings.  This healthy salad dressing recipe uses tender fresh 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. 

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette uses tender fresh basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil

This basil vinaigrette  is a delicious healthy salad dressing to add to your repertoire. It makes a great match with just about every salad ingredient you could toss into a bowl. Once you taste this lemon basil dressing, it will likely to shoot right to the top of your short list of favorite homemade salad dressing recipes as well!

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette uses tender fresh basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil

This lemon salad 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 basil salad dressing, I rarely measure. I pack the bowl of the food processor with basil leaves, toss in the garlic, mustard, lemon juice and 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 HERB VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS

This lemon herb vinaigrette uses fresh basil, garlic and lemon juice and it comes together in about 5 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

HOW TO MAKE HERB VINAIGRETTE

This herb vinaigrette will solidify in the refrigerator due to the olive oil.  You’ll want to remove it from the refrigerator and set out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving.

  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

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette uses tender fresh basil leaves, garlic, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil

HEALTHY SALAD DRESSING RECIPES 

This Lemon Basil Vinaigrette recipe is a great all-purpose salad dressing
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 pour the olive oil in the blender.
  3. Continue to blend until vinaigrette is smooth.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving

2 Responses to “Lemon Basil Vinaigrette”

  1. Bee Brooks — September 3, 2020 @ 7:19 pm (#)

    love this recipe–I’ve made it 3 times! Now making a batch without the oil to freeze in ice cube trays so i can take advantage of all my fresh basil in the garden. then jusr thaw and add oil for an easy, delish dressing!

    • Deborah — September 4, 2020 @ 2:25 pm (#)

      I’m so glad you love vinaigrette! It’s one of my favorites!!

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