Basil Vinaigrette

Let’s talk about herbs today. Chives, Basil, Tarragon, Thyme… I absolutely love ‘em! Can’t grow them to save my life because I have been given a black thumb, but I sure do love to eat them and use them in practically every dish that I can imagine. I throw them in cocktails when I make Strawberry Basil Lemonade, I add them to guacamole, and I pretty much make an herbed based vinaigrette every week so I can slather it on whatever else I make. My all time fav, a Basil Vinaigrette uses fresh and fragrant basil.

I mean, the color alone makes me want to pretty much drink that entire jar! But I’ll refrain from that since that would mean that there would be none left to use on my quinoa salad! I’ve always made my herb based vinaigrette’s with champagne or white wine vinegar, but recently I got some Basil Vinegar from one of my favorite specialty shops in LA, Monsieur Marcel. Using the basil vinegar gave the vinaigrette just that extra kick of basil and made it the perfect dressing if you ask me. After making this, I was literally trying to figure out what else I could make for dinner just so I could use the remaining vinaigrette on it. It’s really that good. You have to make it. I’m officially obsessed! And head on over to the Monsieur Marcel Facebook page and give them a thumbs up, and then go ahead and leave a comment if you feel inclined and you could win some of this fab Basil Vinegar!!

Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp basil vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Use on salads, grilled meats, pasta, rice etc.
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16 thoughts on “Basil Vinaigrette

  1. Love basil, love balsamic. The red pepper flakes seem like they would provide an wonderful kick of flavor. This is a MUST try.

  2. Love Herbs – and that would be Herbs with an H rather than ‘erbs!!! And I’m sure you could grow a pot or two of herbs – really all it takes is a little watering and some sunlight!

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