Rating: 4.59 stars
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This delicious dressing instantly became my favorite. It is fast and very easy to make.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan cheese in a blender. Blend until ingredients form a paste. Slowly pour olive oil into the mixture and continue to blend until smooth.

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  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk before serving.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 2.1g; fat 18.6g; cholesterol 1.7mg; sodium 176.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (28)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
Okay I really hate to give a recipe a bad review espically if we just didn't care for the "outcome" of a recipe. This dressing is very thick and very strong. It really over powers the flavors of the salad. Not what I expected from a vinaigrette. But with that being said I am going to give it a higher rating because it is awesome on grilled chicken and pasta. I didn't want to throw it away so I mixed it in with some left over pasta grilled chicken and parmeasean cheese. It tasted almost like pesto but lower in calories and fat. So give it a try on your pasta and skip in it as a salad dressing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2010
This is VERY thick as written. You have to play with the ingredients as stated. I had to keep adding vinegar and oil to this plus a bit of sugar to get the desired taste and consistency. Read More
(23)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
Okay I really hate to give a recipe a bad review espically if we just didn't care for the "outcome" of a recipe. This dressing is very thick and very strong. It really over powers the flavors of the salad. Not what I expected from a vinaigrette. But with that being said I am going to give it a higher rating because it is awesome on grilled chicken and pasta. I didn't want to throw it away so I mixed it in with some left over pasta grilled chicken and parmeasean cheese. It tasted almost like pesto but lower in calories and fat. So give it a try on your pasta and skip in it as a salad dressing. Read More
(34)
Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2010
This is VERY thick as written. You have to play with the ingredients as stated. I had to keep adding vinegar and oil to this plus a bit of sugar to get the desired taste and consistency. Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2008
Everyone loved this! Had with a simple salad of romaine lettuce tomatoes cucumbers carrots and celery. Did not make any changes.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2010
Since I scaled this down to just two servings I was unable to prepare this using a blender as there wasn't enough there to work with! So I chopped up everything real fine then put Hubs to work with a mortar and pestle which did the trick nicely. As I slowly drizzled in the olive oil it came together into a nice rich emulsion. This was really good - both the fresh basil and garlic are evident but neither overpowers. It is thicker than the typical vinaigrette as some reviewers commented but I had no problem lightly dressing the salad with it. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
This is an EXCELLENT salad dressing but it IS very thick. As I was pouring it into a 'Good Seasons' bottle I took a cue from that tried and true recipe and added a bit of water. Just 2T was enough to make it smoother but still hearty enough to cling to the greens. I look forward to trying it on pasta. Also taste before salting. I opted to completely leave it out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
This vinaigrette was delicious! I loved the balsamic vinager in it! and the basil gave it a very fresh taste! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2008
This was great. I'll never buy a store brand again!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2008
Great if you LOVE a strong garlic and basil flavor. Only takes a small amount on the salad because of the strong flavor too. No store brand compares to the freshness of this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2010
Incredible fresh flavor but I do grow my own basil. I used that sea salt and fresh cracked pepper corns. I found it is awesome on chicken too especially if you add two tablespoons each of minced onion and red sweet pepper. Read More
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