Easy Homemade Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

This lemony fresh homemade basil vinaigrette is so easy to make. Blend it up in under 5 minutes and drizzle it on everything from salad to grilled or roasted vegetables and eggs. It’s the best way to use up your garden fresh basil!

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Homemade Fresh Basil Vinaigrette in a Mason Jar

 

This fresh basil vinaigrette is good on everything. I’m not exaggerating when I say that. I’ve been making it since last summer and it’s my favorite way to use up garden fresh basil. I drizzle it onto raw and cooked vegetables – either from the grill or roasted – and I’ve also added it to scrambled eggs to jazz them up. You can use it as a basic salad dressing too.

How to make homemade vinaigrette dressing

To make this dressing, you only need a few fresh ingredients and a good blender. If you’re growing summer basil and wondering how to use up a bunch of it in a hurry, this is your answer. Each batch includes a cup of fragrant fresh basil leaves. And you can even toss in a few of the stems – exact measures are not required here.

Homemade Basil Vinaigrette with grilled vegetables

Fresh lemon juice adds a bright, citrus flavor that goes well with the basil. Skip the stuff in the bottle – the vinaigrette will not be the same. Trust me. And while we are talking about fresh, toss in a couple of cloves of fresh garlic. I used two rather large cloves because I like the extra bite. And you don’t have to mince it – just peel the garlic cloves and smash them a bit before adding to the blender. The extra virgin olive oil brings it all together. It emulsifies the dressing and adds incredible flavor. I usually use a California olive oil with a nice fruity essence.

I used my NutriBullet to blend the vinaigrette. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to double the recipe to make it go.  This is a good “problem” to have because it will double your yield – which once you taste it, you’ll know that’s a really good thing! I don’t recommend adding water but I guess it could work in a pinch.

Pouring Basil Vinaigrette onto grilled vegetables

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5 from 10 votes

Easy Homemade Basil Vinaigrette

This lemony fresh homemade basil vinaigrette is so easy to make. Blend it up in under 5 minutes and drizzle it on everything from salad to grilled or roasted vegetables and eggs. It’s the best way to use up your garden fresh basil!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh basil recipes, homemade salad dressing
Servings: 6 (2 Tablespoons)
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Marisa Moore

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • coarse salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add vinaigrette ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Toss your vegetables with a little of the vinaigrette or drizzle it on as a topping. 

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal

10 Comments on Easy Homemade Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

  1. Sherri @ WatchLearnEat
    June 29, 2018 at 11:24 AM (1 year ago)
    Yes! I seriously NEED this! I have plenty of basil that needs to be used and I LOVE homemade dressings! Pinning! :)

    5 stars

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 29, 2018 at 11:32 AM (1 year ago)
      Tis the season for lots and lots of basil vinaigrette! I've been making and putting it on everything. Hope you enjoy it too! Reply
  2. Michelle
    June 29, 2018 at 11:35 AM (1 year ago)
    Ohh. This looks amazing. We're doing a crop share this year, so we're going to have lots of fresh herbs. Will definitely remember this recipe!

    5 stars

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 29, 2018 at 11:39 AM (1 year ago)
      Thanks, Michelle! And lucky you. This would probably work well with parsley and other soft herbs too! Reply
  3. Monica | Nourish & Fete
    June 29, 2018 at 11:54 AM (1 year ago)
    This sounds absolutely incredible, especially drizzled on those amazing roasted veggies! Makes me wish I had my own giant basil plant, but this is worth buying it for, no doubt about it!

    5 stars

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 29, 2018 at 12:51 PM (1 year ago)
      Yes, it is definitely worth buying for. And thanks! Reply
  4. Lizzie
    June 29, 2018 at 12:19 PM (1 year ago)
    I normally just stick to the same old vinaigrette but this looks amazing! I have a basil plant going to seed on my windowsill, I'll have to make a batch!

    5 stars

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 29, 2018 at 12:49 PM (1 year ago)
      Don’t let it go to seed... definitely make this! Reply
  5. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    June 29, 2018 at 1:05 PM (1 year ago)
    I love basil vinaigrette at this time of year. Typically I use red wine vinegar in mine though. I love the use of lemon juice! Sounds so fresh!

    5 stars

    Reply
    • Marisa
      June 29, 2018 at 9:46 PM (1 year ago)
      MMM! I love the idea of using red wine vinegar next time. Will try that! Reply

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