Fresh Basil and Balsamic Garlic Salad Dressing

    10 minutes

    Homemade salad dressing is a big improvement on supermarket ones. This garlic and basil dressing is delicious and very easy to make.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) balsamic vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
    • 2/3 cup (170ml) olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Combine the basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese in a blender. Blend until ingredients form a paste. Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture and continue to blend until smooth.
    2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk before serving.

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    Okay I really hate to give a recipe a bad review espically if we just didn't care for the "outcome" of a recipe. This dressing is very thick, and very strong. It really over powers the flavors of the salad. Not what I expected from a vinaigrette. But with that being said I am going to give it a higher rating because it is awesome on grilled chicken and pasta. I didn't want to throw it away so I mixed it in with some left over pasta, grilled chicken, and parmeasean cheese. It tasted almost like pesto but lower in calories and fat. So give it a try on your pasta and skip in it as a salad dressing.  -  17 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is VERY thick as written. You have to play with the ingredients as stated. I had to keep adding vinegar and oil to this plus a bit of sugar to get the desired taste and consistency.  -  08 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Everyone loved this! Had with a simple salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and celery. Did not make any changes.  -  01 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)