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Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

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
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons water See if you need it. If the basil leaves and other ingredients are having a hard time, add a little water at a time until everything starts to combine.
  • ¾ cup neutral-flavored oil sunflower, grapeseed, avocado, canola oils all work well


  1. Place basil leaves in a strainer and rinse well with cold water. Drain well.

  2. Combine all ingredinets except the oil in a food processor or blender. Puree mixture until smooth and bright green.

  3. With the 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.)

  4. 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.