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Basil Mint Dressing

Basil Mint Dressing is fresh, bright and perfect on any salad. Make a big batch and keep in on hand for salads all week long. Basil Mint Dressing

My friend Andie eats a salad every day. It’s a great way to get enough veg and variety in your diet. It also perpetuates more good choices. And we all know that healthy living is making small choices over and over again. I love this idea so much that I have also adopted it. I don’t eat a salad every single day, but probably at least 5 days out of a week. Which is a lot better than before. (When I either skipped lunch altogether or ate something that wasn’t even in the realm of veg or healthy.)

I don’t get bored of salads. However, my family does. They are not down with the salad as a meal, so I try to eat them at lunchtime when they aren’t home. (I still make a lot of dinner salads, I just ignore the grumbling.) It’s a nice break in the day too. I head downstairs to the kitchen and take the 10 minutes to make an actual meal for myself. I make a giant, colorful, fresh salad and it really makes me feel good and happy.

Basil Mint Dressing

I’ve found that the key for me to be able to sustain this is that I need to have things to make a salad on hand. I buy extra peppers, romaine, carrots, and herbs and I’m guaranteed that I can make a delicious salad at any time. I keep my pantry well stocked with nuts and seeds, cheeses, dried fruits, oils, and different flavors of vinegar. I rarely have the same exact salad every day.

Another thing that I do is that I always make my own dressing. I don’t think that I’ve bought salad dressing in at least 5 years. It is the easiest thing to make and I always know what’s in it. (There are some scary ingredients in salad dressing.) This basil mint dressing has been my go-to dressing lately. It is so fresh and bright and makes anything taste delicious. (It’s really good on chicken.)

I don’t usually measure when I make it, so this is a no recipe-recipe. I’ve made this so many times, it always turns out delicious. Sometimes I want it a little sweeter, so I add a little more honey. Sometimes I want it extra tart, so I add more lemon juice. It’s entirely up to you. I usually make enough for a few days. It keeps in a mason jar or anything with a tight lid. If it starts to separate, just shake it up and it comes back together.

basil mint dresing

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

basil mint dresing

Zest your lemon. Set the zest aside. Add mint, basil, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor.

basil mint dresing

Pulse to chop the herbs and garlic.

basil mint dresing

Add the lemon juice and honey. Pulse again. Slowly pour the olive oil through the feeder tube.

basil mint dresing

Give it a taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Or if you want it sweeter, add more honey. Tarter? Add more lemon. It’s up to you.

basil mint dresing

Pour the dressing into a jar. Stir in lemon zest.

basil mint dresing

Make yourself a salad and toss with the best dressing ever. Try not to get any on your laptop.

Basil Mint Dressing

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Description

My favorite dressing right now. Bright and fresh that goes on any salad. Full of basil, mint, and lemon.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • zest from one lemon
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add mint, basil, garlic clove, salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse until the leaves are chopped.
  2. Zest lemon and set zest aside. Add lemon juice and honey and pulse again.
  3. Slowly pour the oil through the feeder tube with the machine running. Pour into a bowl and stir in lemon zest. Taste and check for seasoning.

 

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  1. cookbook queen

    April 27th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I LOVE salads and could never get tired of eating them every day…but my problem is that I’m too lazy. All the chopping and peeling…ugh. I wish someone would come and do that part for me! But this dressing…looks so fresh and fabulous! I might need to get off my rear and start chopping!!

  2. bakedbree

    May 1st, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I doesn’t bother me like I thought that it would. And you feel angelic after you make yourself a salad and actually eat it. 🙂

  3. Nat

    November 26th, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I just tried it today and we are so happy with the results. The combination of both mint and basil is just exquisite. Big thanks!

  4. bakedbree

    November 27th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    This is one of my favorite dressings ever. I love it and make it all summer long.

  5. Alli

    January 18th, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I love the dressing!! **Edit your post, you have the same paragraph twice. **

  6. bakedbree

    January 24th, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you for letting me know!!!

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