Basil Lemon Dressing recipe with fresh basil leaves and citrusy lemons
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.
Sweetener- Maple 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 Dressing
- 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.
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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