Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

I wanted to serve a light salad to pair with the Summer Veggies with Pasta and Shrimp so I decided to do a simple spinach salad with a tasty vinaigrette.  I found this recipe at Tiny Green Mom that looked perfect.  I tossed this light and tangy vinaigrette with spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese for a delicious and beautiful salad that we all loved.  If you like lemon and basil then try this vinaigrette!

Combine the chopped basil, canola oil, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste in a shallow dish.  Blend the mixture with an immersion blender until well combined.  Drizzle over your favorite salad ingredients and toss to coat evenly.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

Zest and juice of one lemon
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4-1/2 tsp honey
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Combine the chopped basil, canola oil, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, honey, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste in a shallow dish. Blend the mixture with an immersion blender until well combined. Drizzle over your favorite salad ingredients and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Tiny Green Mom

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22 Responses to “Lemon Basil Vinaigrette”

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    gloriadelpilar — August 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    This vinaigrette Pam look delicious!

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    Loly — August 22, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    WOW, it looks soooooooooooo good :D

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 22, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    What an awesome combo of flavors! Jason would love this!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — August 23, 2012 @ 5:24 am

    Lovely color! I’ve made something similar to this before and drizzled it over grilled fish. It was fabulous!!!

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    Kim in MD — August 23, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    I love basil and lemon, so I’m sure I will love this vinaigrette! I bet it would be delicious on pasta salad, too! In fact, how about pasta salad with salad with allof the ingredients you used in your salad? Spinach, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese? Ok- now I’m craving it! :-)

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    Katie C. — August 23, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    How long do you think this will keep in the frig?

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    • Pam replied: — August 23rd, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      I had some in the fridge for 3 days and it still tasted great but the color wasn’t as vibrant. I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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    Peggy Recker — August 23, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    Oh yum another winner!

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    Kris — August 23, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Oh my, that does look refreshing! I love anything with lemon in it!!

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    Rhonda — August 23, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    It looks so bright and tasty, I would love this on some cold pasta as well.

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    Joanne — August 23, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    I have to say, I love the color of that dressing! So vibrantly green.

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    teresa — August 23, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

    basil is one of my favorite herbs, but i never thought to blend it in a dressing, YUM!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — August 23, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I just love the color of this vinaigrette.

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    Sues — August 23, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    This sounds so perfectly summer and it’s the best color ever!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 24, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    I have made a fresh herb vinaigrette the other day and it was very delicious.
    Love yours too!

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    grace — August 24, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    we have a basil plant and i’ve been looking for ways to use it other than pesto (one can only eat so much pesto…)–this sounds great!

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    Cook LA — August 24, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

    Sounds really good–I’m going to try it.

    http://cooklacookingschool.blogspot.com/2012/08/oven-baked-tomatoes-with-reduced.html

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    Jenny @ Savour the Senses — September 17, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    This sounds like a delicious dressing! Love the color too =)

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    Stephanie — February 25, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    Made this Sunday for a salad along side pasta. Absolutely delicious! So refreshing.

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