Basil Lemon Dressing

Basil Lemon Dressing recipe with fresh basil leaves and citrusy lemons

Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

This homemade simple and easy Basil and Lemon (Dressing) vinaigrette goes very well with your salads, breads, sandwiches. This is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and healthy salad dressing bursting with fresh basil and citrusy lemons.

Toss out some sweet corn and peanuts to make simplest salad for munching or use it as a marinade for your chicken, vegetables, tofu/paneer. Use it as a dip for garlic bread.

What I need to make Basil Lemon and Honey Dressing

Fresh Basil Leaves— Fresh basil leaves  not only add aroma  and flavor to dishes but it is also a good source of an oxidants, some traces of minerals like calcium, iron and manganese. It is known  to have significant amount of Vit. K.

Lemon– Citrusy Lemons add on the tanginess and also lot of antioxidants. Zest of lemon and juice add on the punch to it. Lemons are known to be one of the richest source of Vit. C. Help in boasting the immune system of the body.

SweetenerMaple syrup, agave nectar or coconut sugar or any other sweetener. If you are not vegan you can use Honey too. Castor sugar is fine too.

Garlic Powder, Black pepper or any other dried herbs– I recommend adding garlic powder to it for the flavor. I feel fresh garlic leaves a raw after aftertaste and doesn’t taste good in the dressing. You can use a mix of Italian seasoning or dried oregano or thyme for an added punch. For no garlic version skip it.

I used here garlic powder, black pepper and red chilli flakes for extra punch!!

Salt as per taste .

How to make Basil, Lemon Dressing

Use for processor/blender or chopper for mixing all the ingredients.

Grate the zest of lemon and keep aside.

Add fresh basil leaves, zest of lemon, garlic powder, honey and other seasoning if using.

Pulse 4-5 times. Add olive oil and pulse again 2-3 times.

Store in air tight container and use as required.

Recipe Card for Basil Lemon Dressing

Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Basil Lemon Dressing

Basil Lemon Dressing recipe with fresh basil leaves and citrusy lemons for salads, sandwiches marinades or dip for breads.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cuisine Italian


  • Processor/Blender
  • Grater for Lemon zest


  • 1 cup packed Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Sweetener(as per taste) Honey/Agave Nectar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 tsp Italian Seasoning Optional
  • Lemon Zest from 1 lemon


  • Grate the peel of one lemon and keep aside.
  • In a processor/blender, add all the ingredients except olive oil and pulse for 4-5 times.
  • Add olive oil and pulse again for 2-3 times.
  • Store in an air-tight container and use as required.


Keyword Basil, Lemons, vinegratte recipes

Do make this Lemony Basil dressing, and add in your salads, pizza for toppings, or use it as dip with garlic bread or crackers. It is a wonderful dressing for Pasta Salads. Mix with some cream cheese and spread on sandwiches. So put on your creative hats and use it the way you want.

Linking Basil Lemon Dressing, to my Facebook Foodie group A-Z Recipe Challenge, where all the participating members are sharing dishes that has one of the main ingredient that starts with the letter of the month. This month the letter is L. One of the main ingredient in my recipe is Lemon.

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27 thoughts

  1. Wow!! Homemade dressings are the best! Such a refreshing addition to any salad, pasta or any dish you like! Love all the super healthy elements in this green goddess dressing!

  2. Basil lemon dressing with fresh basil looks absolutely flavorful and healthy. Making it ahead makes the work easy for preparing any salads. Love the color of the dressing.

  3. Simple dressings like this rule my lunch box. With the heat that we were having, this would have been just that perfect treat.
    I am saving this for all the steamed corn and the blanched veggies so i can have a stress buster treat for winters too

  4. Home made salad dressings are always better that the store bought ones. You have prepared so well this one swaty ! Love the color of this dressing !

  5. This is my kind of dressing! Love such simple and easy dressing recipes that doesn’t take much time and effort to make. I can imagine how lovely zesty and sweet flavours complement the dressing.

  6. This dress would add so much zing and tang to salads and really pep them up. Liked the use of the garic powder, I have never used that in a dressing. Time to try something new.

  7. What a delicious and flavourful dip with fresh basil and lemon, I feel the aroma of it. I would loved to used this dressing on my chicken wings and i’m sure it become a royal treat for us. So beautiful and delicious share 🙂

  8. Swaty, I am dreading the summers already here. Our lunch during summers are mostly salads and such fuss free, cream free simple home made dressing with citrus flavors and flavorful basil is just what I need. Loved the recipe.

  9. Basil lemon salad dressing sounds great Swaty. You are right, it will be perfect with veg or non veg any dish. I would love to have it as a dip or sandwich spread.

  10. This dressing sounds absolutely delicious. Fresh basil always elevates the taste of your dish. Nothing like having some roasted veggies and this basil lemon dip.

  11. Now this is the kind of dressing I would love with my salads, flavorful, aromatic, tangy and tasty. I can imagine this dressing with a pasta salad. So yummy! Swaty for how long does it stay fresh in the fridge?

    1. I haven’t used it for more than 4-5 days as it always finishes before that and about 15-20 days in freezer(in cubes), didn’t store it beyond that 🙂 !! Do try it, it is best when added fresh!

  12. Truly this would be amazing if fish is marinated in it! Loving the color and exotic flavors in this dressing…

  13. A dip with fresh basil leaves, olive oil and lemon sounds very flavorful and aromatic Swaty ! I can imagine the refreshing flavors it will add to the salads. I would love to pair it with my fritters and crackers as well.

  14. I almost always use basil in pasta or pizza, or in making pesto. Using it in a dressing like this is new to me.

    The dressing sounds absolutely delicious, with honey and lemon going in. I’m so sure I would love this!

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