Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish
Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish is one of my favorite things about summer, and this is a low-carb treat!
I’ve written about Basil Vinaigrette a few times since I first posted this recipe, but last night I picked a huge bucket of basil from my garden, chopped it up in my food processor with olive oil, froze some of the chopped basil, and made a big batch of basil vinaigrette with the rest for a family party tonight. That’s when I decided it was time to update this post with more about basil vinaigrette, one of my favorite things about summer. I love tomatoes any way you prepare them, but serving tomatoes with basil vinaigrette drizzled over them takes the summer tomato thing to a whole new level.
This dressing uses purchased vinaigrette as the base but if you’re a salad dressing purist, of course you can make your own dressing. I’m completely a purist about some foods and totally into convenience for others. Salad dressing is something that I often make, but the flavor in this recipe comes from the chopped fresh basil and I think this is amazing even with a purchased dressing. There are so many fantastic dressings on the market, and so many other things I want to make instead.
This dressing is good on so many things, that when fresh basil is in season I find myself making it over and over. Here are just a few ideas for using it, see more after the recipe.
More Recipes Ideas for this tasty Dressing:
Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken
Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad
Whole Wheat Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, and Olives
Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta
Green Bean Summer Salad with Italian Sausage
Brown Rice Salad with Olives, Bell Peppers, and Peas
Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, and Kale
- 3/4 cup low-sugar vinaigrette dressing (see notes)
- 1/4 cup chopped basil puree (see below) or Fresh-Frozen Basil (see notes)
Ingredients for Basil Puree (freeze the extra)
- 1 cup (tightly packed) fresh basil leaves, washed and dried well
- 1/2 cup (or less for stronger basil flavor) best quality extra virgin olive oil
- Combine the salad dressing and basil puree and mix well, using food processor or mini-blender if desired.
- Use to drizzle over sliced tomatoes, sliced tomatoes topped with goat cheese, or sliced tomatoes layered over fresh mozzarella, or serve over roasted or grilled veggies, grilled chicken, or grilled fish.
- Put basil into bowl of food processor. Turn processor on and pour oil through feed tube.
- Process until basil is in very small pieces and completely integrated into olive oil. You should still be able to see some basil pieces but they will be very small.
- This freezes very well and is great for adding to pasta sauce all winter long.
I love to make this with Le Parisien Vinaigrette, which is only sold in Utah and surrounding states. Another good choice for a low-sugar dressing is Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link). This is just as good with Fresh-Frozen Basil if you're making it at a time when fresh basil isn't available. Recipe created by Kalyn.
Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 2.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4.4mgCarbohydrates: 2.8gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2.4gProtein: 0.2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions
As long as you choose a dressing with not more than 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, this summer treat is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet friendly. With the right dressing this summer treat can easily be gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo as well.
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Are you a Basil fan? Let us know in the comments about your favorite way to use it.