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 with the right dressing Basil Vinaigrette can be low-carb, Keto, gluten-free, low-glycemic, Paleo, and South Beach Diet friendly! Use Fresh Herbs to find more recipes with basil!

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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 of the Basil Vinaigrette but if you’re a salad dressing purist, of course you can make your own. I’m completely a purist about some foods and totally into convenience for others. Salad dressing is something that I can make if I want to, but I often think, why bother? There are so many fantastic dressings on the market, and so many other things I want to make instead.

This Basil Vinaigrette 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.

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Barely-Steamed Asparagus with Basil Vinaigrette

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Artichoke Antipasto Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

More Recipes using Basil Vinaigrette:

Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
Tomato, Olive,  and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Whole Wheat Spaghetti Salad with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, Olives, and Basil Vinaigrette
Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta and Basil Vinaigrette
Green Bean Summer Salad with Italian Sausage, Olives, and Basil Vinaigrette
Brown Rice Salad with Olives, Bell Peppers, Peas, and Basil Vinaigrette
Butter Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Feta, and Basil Vinaigrette
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes, Kale, and Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish

This Basil Vinaigrette tastes great with fresh garden tomatoes, grilled vegetables, grilled fish, or grilled chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 3 parts of your favorite low sugar vinaigrette dressing (see notes)
  • 1 part basil puree (see below) or Fresh-Frozen Basil (see notes)

Ingredients for Basil Puree

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Combine the salad dressing and basil puree and mix well, using food processor or mini-blender if desired.
  2. 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.

How to make the basil puree:

  1. Put basil into bowl of food processor. Turn processor on and pour oil through feed tube.
  2. 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.
  3. This freezes very well and is great for adding to pasta sauce all winter long.

Notes:

I love to make this with Le Parisien Vinaigrette, which is only sold in Utah and surrounding states.  Another good choice is Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions
As long as you choose a vinaigrette dressing with not more than 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, this Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish 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.

Basil Vinaigrette for Drizzling on Tomatoes, Veggies, Chicken, or Fish found on KalynsKitchen.com