This simple basil vinaigrette comes together in a flash and is loaded with fresh basil flavor. It’s the perfect summer salad dressing and/or marinade.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the dressing can make or break a salad. This basil vinaigrette makes the salad… every time! It has so much basil flavor and aroma. I’m in love.
I’m such a fan of oil-based vinaigrettes because they are made with minimal ingredients and super easy to make. You essentially start with a base ratio of oil and vinegar and then just add different flavorings to customize your vinaigrette. This basil vinaigrette uses fresh basil and is perfect for summer!
Besides adding a delicious flavor to any and everything, basil is a great source of vitamins and minerals… most notably vitamin K. It also has plant compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have connected basil with stress reduction and blood sugar control. (Source)
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this easy dressing:
This dressing is so versatile! I originally created it to go on a farro salad, but this basil dressing pairs perfectly with, but it would work well on just about any salad. Here are some ideas:
After blending this dressing in a blender, I like to store it in a mason jar. Any container works, just make sure it’s airtight and then store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. I use these 8 oz mason jars and plastic lids for storing.
If the contents separate or solidify in the refrigerator, just let the dressing come to room temperature on the counter (or use a hot water bath) and then shake the dressing to combine!