Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

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WHAT'S SPECIAL
What sets Lemon Basil Vinaigrette apart is its refreshing combination of flavors. The tangy acidity of fresh lemon juice pairs perfectly with the aromatic sweetness of basil, creating a dynamic flavor profile. Homemade vinaigrette and dressing allow you to control the quality of ingredients and customize the flavor to suit your taste preferences.

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

This zesty vinaigrette combines the tangy zest of lemon with the aromatic essence of fresh basil, creating an interesting condiment that adds a burst of flavor to any meal. This homemade dressing is sure to elevate your culinary creations.
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is incredibly versatile and can be used in various ways:
- Toss with mixed greens for a refreshing salad.
- Drizzle over grilled vegetables, chicken, or fish for added flavor.
- Use as a marinade for tofu or seafood.
- Incorporate into pasta salads or grain bowls for a burst of citrusy freshness.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 1 cup

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Mason jar or airtight container (for storing)

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (fresh )
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil (80 ml)
  • 2 tbsp basil leaves (fresh -finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup (optional, for sweetness))
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Dressing:
    In a mixing bowl, combine the fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, chopped basil leaves, Dijon mustard, and honey or maple syrup (if using). Whisk together until well combined.
  • Season to Taste:
    Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the acidity or sweetness by adding more lemon juice or honey/maple syrup as needed.
  • Store the Dressing:
    Transfer the Lemon Basil Vinaigrette to a mason jar or airtight container for storage. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of basil according to your taste preference. You can also experiment with other fresh herbs such as parsley or cilantro.
  • For a creamier dressing, you can add a spoonful of Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.
  • Shake or whisk the vinaigrette well before using, as the ingredients may separate over time.
  • This vinaigrette can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Allow it to come to room temperature and shake well before serving.
Keyword Italian vinaigrette, Salad dressing

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