Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette Recipe -
Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette Recipe
  • READY IN 10 mins

Garlic and Basil Vinaigrette

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"This delicious dressing instantly became my favorite. It is fast and very easy to make."

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 18, 2009

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 08, 2010

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.

Aug 01, 2008

Everyone loved this! Had with a simple salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and celery. Did not make any changes. :)

May 18, 2010

Since I scaled this down to just two servings, I was unable to prepare this using a blender as there wasn't enough there to work with! So I chopped up everything real fine, then put Hubs to work with a mortar and pestle, which did the trick nicely. As I slowly drizzled in the olive oil it came together into a nice, rich emulsion. This was really good - both the fresh basil and garlic are evident, but neither overpowers. It is thicker than the typical vinaigrette as some reviewers commented, but I had no problem lightly dressing the salad with it.

Jun 17, 2009

This is an EXCELLENT salad dressing, but it IS very thick. As I was pouring it into a 'Good Seasons' bottle, I took a cue from that tried and true recipe and added a bit of water. Just 2T was enough to make it smoother, but still hearty enough to cling to the greens. I look forward to trying it on pasta. Also, taste before salting. I opted to completely leave it out.

Nov 27, 2007

This vinaigrette was delicious! I loved the balsamic vinager in it! and the basil gave it a very fresh taste!

Apr 01, 2008

This was great. I'll never buy a store brand again!!!

Apr 26, 2010

As a salad dressing, way too a spread for grilled chicken, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and baby spinach on whole wheat hoagie rolls, absolutely delicious!!


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  • Calories
  • 176 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 18.6 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 177 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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