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Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 17 mins
Total Time
15 mins

If this fabulous Sweet Basil Vinaigrette could talk, it would be shouting "summer!" It's sweet, tangy and bursting with vibrant, delicious basil flavor!

Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basil Salad Dressing, Basil Vinaigrette
Servings: 24 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 70 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, tightly packed about ¼ pound
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons water Start with one tablespoon, if dressing seems too thick, after blending, add the second tablespoon.
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup neutral-flavored oil sunflower, grapeseed, avocado, canola oils all work well
  1. Combine all ingredinets except the oil in a food processor or blender. Puree mixture until smooth and bright green.

  2. With motor running, slowly add the salad oil to form an emulsion. (See Café Tips above in the post for tricks on how to do this.)

  3. Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator. Dressing keeps for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Makes about 1½ cups of dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.