Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Basil Salad Dressing : the only dressing I would make

If there is one food I would prefer buying from the grocery store rather than having it made at home is salad dressing. It just feels tedious after all the washing, rinsing, chopping and arranging the ingredients to yet  worry about the dressing. I prefer to buy organic balsamic and italian vinaigrette and ranch from the store that go with almost anything and get creative with the actual salad.




That being said, I haven't found a good basil dressing that compares to the one my mom makes at home. This recipe has been a family favorite for years.  Ever since it was aired in Ramadan by the Arabic talented  chef Manal Al-Alem 10 years ago. I used to eat this dressing by itself for a snack back home and it is one of the first "dishes" I impressed my husband with when we first got married and it is still his favorite.







recipe

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Combine all the ingredients except olive oil in the blender and mix until well combined. Add olive oil and mix. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator. 

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how i like it: this dressing is very light and fresh, perfect for summer or anytime you long for summer. It has that fresh basil taste with a  kick of heat. Store it in the refrigerator and the flavors will combine and marry  even more and it will taste even better. For the salad I had lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots but you can add whatever you like. You can also make a  perfect quick pasta salad with it. Just combine thin spaghetti or whatever pasta you like with your favorite vegetables and a drizzle of the dressing and you've got lunch!

2 comments:

  1. I used to be that way, but even now I found that an easy vinaigrette over a salad can be satisfying. I like how this is nice and light.

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