The Ben and Jerry’s of salad dressings.
Creamy, bright, and wonderfully delicious with little bursts of amazing flavor. You may find yourself eating it right out of the jar.
This healthy salad dressing is so delicious that we eat it with more than just salad. It’s delicious drizzled over garden tomatoes, poured over a baked potato, as a dip for bread, spooned over steamed summer squash, as a topping for grilled zucchini, and even used in place of butter for corn-on-the-cob. And it is the absolutely perfect dressing for this French Lentil Salad.
A crowd-pleasing dressing that’s super fast and easy to make? Yes!! Simply place all ingredients except basil in a blender and blend until smooth, then add basil and pulse a few times. The end result is a lusciously creamy dressing that’s full of fresh summer flavor.
Where to get fresh basil
During the summer months, you can find fresh basil in abundance at farmer’s markets, vegetable stands, or from your CSA. You can also get it at most grocery stores, but I think the basil from the farmer’s markets or CSA taste better.
OR you can grow your own basil!
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Basil is so easy to grow – even if you don’t have a garden, you can grow a pot of basil in a sunny spot on your porch or windowsill. Just pop a few basil seeds into a pot or plant in your garden, water them well, and you’re off and growing.
And once it gets growing it just keeps getting bigger and bushier and more abundant in those lovely, aromatic basil leaves. The more you cut, the more vigorously it grows. Which means more Fresh Basil Dressing!
Healthy and slimming salad dressing
The serving sizes on salad dressing bottle labels crack me up! There is no way I’m going to put only 2 tablespoons of salad dressing on my salad. But I suppose – given the fattening ingredients of salad dressing – if you put more on, then your salad would no longer be a healthy option.
Yay for this Creamy Fresh Basil Dressing! Not only is it delicious, but it is also slimming and fits perfectly in a weight loss plan. And you can use as much as you’d like – it isn’t fattening!
Creamy Fresh Basil Salad Dressing
Yield 1 1/4 cups
Creamy, bright, and wonderfully delicious with little bursts of amazing flavor. This healthy salad dressing is a summertime favorite!
1/3 cup raw cashews
2/3 cup water (or less if you want a thicker dressing)
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves and small stems (or up to 1/2 cup if you want a stronger basil flavor)
1. Place all ingredients except for basil in blender and blend until very smooth.
2. Add fresh basil and blend until basil is finely chopped.
Keeps for about 5 days in the refrigerator. This dressing tends to separate; stir before using.