5 Ingredient Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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5 Ingredient Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Use summer’s fresh basil to make my healthy and homemade Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Hi guys,

I didn’t intend on having two salad dressing recipes in a row, but this is the first recipe the Hubs helped me with and I decided it was best to keep it as simple as possible.  I’m so glad with the way the pictures turned out!  He helped me set up a tripod, get the camera in the right place and basically did everything except hit the button.

This Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing idea came from having a lot of fresh basil in the garden and loving the fragrant flavor of the herb in summer.  It really is like summer in a jar.

Like most of my salad dressings I like to keep these recipes with as little ingredients as possible. My homemade basil vinaigrette salad dressing is only five ingredients.

The secret to this one are simply a really good high-quality olive oil, I like this one, fresh basil a nice vinegar, lemon and minced garlic.  I like to keep a really nice olive oil in the pantry that I use exclusively for salad dressings and other uses were you really taste the oil.  I think it makes a big difference.

Now you can leave a salad dressing with visible basil leaves, or you can blend it into more of a puree. Either way you get a pretty green color and the taste is the same.

Serve this Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing with any type of salad in the summer.  It is light enough for delicate salad leaves like arugula, yet strong enough to hold up against crunchy leaves like romaine.  Better yet, save this recipe to make with my Grilled Peach Salad recipe which is coming up on Thursday.  It’s honestly one of my favorite things I made in a long time.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  As always, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.  

Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe / Running in a Skirt

Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

My Basil vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe is fast, delicious and healthy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup dressing


  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • salt to taste


  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor or chopper and mix until you reach the desired consistency.


For a brighter color use the white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar, but if you only have red wine vinegar. it also tastes good but the color gets muddled.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

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What’s your summer favorite salad?


By | 2018-06-28T13:07:30-04:00 August 8th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Food, Salads|15 Comments


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  4. Donna January 28, 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    This salad sounds great to me and & I love how easy it is! Great summer recipe indeed. Just saved it. Thanks for putting it together.
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  5. Sheila August 21, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I am about to harvest basil from my garden and this is perfect. I did not realize that it is so easy to make a basic vinaigrette.

  6. Miz Helen August 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I grow a lot of Basil in my Herb Garden and this will be a perfect Dressing for us to try, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  7. Anna August 12, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I have a ton of Basil right now and love the idea of using it in a dressing. Definitely going to try this. thanks Anna

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law August 12, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I loveeee basil so I’ve got to try this! So simple!

  9. [email protected] August 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I’m always pleased with delicious homemade salad dressings. I appreciate this delicious and easy recipe, Julie!

  10. Lisa Ballantyne August 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I love any sort of vinaigrette dressing! Thank you for the share, Julie! Hope your wrist is healing nicely!

  11. Emily August 8, 2017 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Basil is such a delicious summer herb! I loved having our basil this year.

  12. [email protected] August 8, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I have been making my own dressing this summer as well. I like put garlic and parsley in mine.

  13. I’ve been loving the simple summer salad dressings myself-looks like a good one

  14. Emily @ Pizza @ Pull-ups August 8, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    This sounds great, I love fresh basil! Also the pictures came out great!

  15. Mary Jean Henson August 8, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Will make this!

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