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This creamy garlic basic vinaigrette will likely become your new favorite dressing. Not only is it delicious on salads of any kind, but it’s also super delicious drizzled over roasted veggies, potatoes, chicken, fish, and even steak! Making your own dressing at home is a cinch and this flavor-filled recipe takes dressing from boring to outstanding in a snap.
Salad dressings. In the nearly 10 years that I’ve been writing a food blog, salad dressings may be one of the foods that I’ve received the most questions about. I’m thinking fats and meat consumption fall into first and second place, but salad dressings may be pulling up in a close third.
I tell everyone (blog readers and clients) that if they only want to make one change to their diet to help support or improve their health, changing the types of fats they use is the very best thing they can do. In that light, making your own salad dressing is a no-brainer. Since the basis of most salad dressings is oil, there’s no better place to make the switch to healthier fat.
If you’re new to which fats are healthy and which ones you should avoid, I’d invite you to read this Ultimate Guide To Healthy Cooking Oils. In the last decade, I have seen such a change in the landscape of real food products available on traditional grocery store shelves. It’s amazing what 10 years has done — just imagine what the next ten years will do?!
While yes, you can buy your own salad dressings at the store, and there are some really “clean” brands out there, making your own is so very simple. In my opinion, everyone needs a super fast and easy salad dressing recipe in their toolbox and this creamy garlic basic vinaigrette can’t get any easier.
Homemade Salad Dressing 101
When it comes to making your own salad dressings, there really are no hard and fast rules. I’ve made dressings that were more vinegar/acid centered and I’ve made dressings that were more oil centered. The proportions of ingredients are super flexible, but for those getting started, here are a couple of basic guidelines:
- The classic ratio of oil to vinegar is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar/acid (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, etc. juice fall into this category).
- Some people prefer 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar/acid.
- Some people prefer equal amounts oil and vinegar/acid.
You can use fresh or dried herbs and any spice that tickles your fancy. Always add salt and pepper, but from there feel free to experiment with things like thyme, rosemary, tarragon, cumin, coriander… The list goes on and on.
Some people use a classic shake method (think basic Italian dressings), while others like to emulsify their dressing using a blender or an immersion blender (like today’s creamy garlic basic vinaigrette).
Again, it’s all about personal preference. If you’re a fan of emulsified dressings, I highly recommend investing in an immersion blender like this one. It’s fast and easy and means fewer dishes than if you used your regular blender.
Creamy Garlic Basil Vinaigrette
This creamy garlic basic vinaigrette recipe came about because I had gotten a killer deal on a huge tub of basil at the grocery store. It was way more than I’d be able to use in other recipes, so I decided to make a dressing out of it. And I’m so glad I did because it turned out amazing and is now my favorite dressing (after ranch, of course).
I took the easy route for this creamy garlic basic vinaigrette recipe and threw everything in my high-speed blender and pureed it. I rinsed the basil and put the whole lot in the blender, stems and all, along with all of the other ingredients and voilà! Green dressing magic!
Since I had so much dressing to use (and it was so delicious), I decided to put it on everything I ate for the next few days. I started with a salad, of course, but over the course of the next few days, this creamy garlic basic vinaigrette went on everything from roasted veggies to chicken to potatoes to fish. It even tasted good on steak!
To say this dressing is versatile is an understatement. 🙂 I’d love to hear what creative ways you decide to use it. Leave a comment below!
And now, how about we get busy making dressing?! A deliciously creamy garlic basic vinaigrette to be exact!
- 3 oz fresh basil leaves (you can remove the stems if you like, but I never do)
- 3 large cloves fresh garlic, peeled
- 1 small shallot, peeled and cut into quarters
- ¾ cup olive oil or avocado oil (I like Kasandrino's brand olive oil or Chosen Foods brand avocado oil)
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar (I like Napa Valley Naturals brand white wine vinegar)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp sea salt (or to taste)
- ¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 2 tsp honey (can also sub a few drops of stevia if preferred)
- Rinse your basil and place in the blender. You can remove the stems, but I never do.
- Peel your garlic cloves and place in blender.
- Peel your shallot and cut into quarters. Add to blender.
- Add the rest of your ingredients to the blender.
- Puree for 15-30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will keep for 4-6 days.
Try This Creamy Garlic Basil Vinaigrette While Eating the Rainbow! (+ Special Coupon Code)
As you guys know, I am a huge fan of all things veggies. If there was just one single thing that I could tell people to do to improve their health, it would be to eat more vegetables. An increased intake of veggies helps boost your nutrition and your health in ways that you simply cannot achieve elsewhere. Science continues to explore and show how the antioxidants and phytonutrients in fruits and veggies can “talk” directly to our genes and help alter genetic expression. It’s truly fascinating and I want to help you improve your health and your life with Nature’s miracle “drug.”
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I can’t wait to see you in the course and hear how your health improves once you start eating the rainbow! Now, on to today’s recipe!