Is it just me, or is it dang near impossible to find a salad dressing that doesn’t have any added sugar or preservatives in it?! I find this totally frustrating, because if I’m eating a salad it usually means I’m trying to eat healthy, and somehow those sneaky processed sugars find their way into my dressing! It’s like I can’t win!
Eventually I had enough of it, and decided to make my own dressing with simple ingredients and no processed sugars. That way I know what I’m putting in my body and my salad can stay HEALTHY. The way it was intended to be!
I love this basil oil recipe for three reasons…
- simple ingredients
- easy to make
I’ll typically make a double batch of this and use it throughout the week on a number of different meals. Not only can this oil serve as a salad dressing, but flavors all different kinds of food as well!
Meat dishes, pasta salads, veggies, and even omelets! Pretty much anything that can benefit from some extra flavor or a healthy dressing…pour it on there!
This oil is made entirely in the blender and consists of 4 main ingredients!
- fresh basil
- whole garlic cloves
- lemon juice
Add all 4 ingredients, with a little salt and pepper (if you’d like), and blend until liquid is formed. Store at room temp for the week (do not refrigerate, as it will cause the oil to harden). Whole 30, paleo, keto, and gluten free approved!
Can I use dry basil if I don’t have fresh basil leaves?
You could, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The taste wont be as fresh since you won’t be getting oils from the living leaves. Luckily, most grocery stores carry basil year round and you can get yourself some in the produce section.
Basil Oil Dressing
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup EVOO or avocado oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper each (optional)
- Take all ingredients and add to blender.
- Blend until ingredients become liquified together.
- Store in a container (mason jar, glass bottle, etc.) and store in the fridge or at room temp for up to 1 week.