Basil Balsamic Salad Dressing

Salads are a staple at my house so we love finding new combinations of fresh vegetables, toppings, herbs, and dressings to keep them fun, healthy and delicious. I absolutely love the taste of fresh sweet basil and happen to have a bunch on hand one night. I combined it with fresh orange juice and a tasty balsamic vinegar to get amazing flavor! This Basil Balsamic Salad Dressing is our new favorite and it pairs perfectly with dark leafy greens and roasted beets.

 

Ingredients:

  • Zest of 1 small orange (approx. 1 T)

  • Juice of 1 small orange (approx. ½ cup)

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar

  • 30 Leaves of fresh basil (approx ½ cup-packed)

  • 1 T raw honey (or more to taste)

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic

  • ¼ cup raw walnuts

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 cup olive oil

 

Directions:

  • Zest a small orange and then juice it. Combine all ingredients except olive oil in blender and blend until smooth.

  • With blender blades running slowly drizzle in olive oil, adding only a bit at a time looking for the dressing to begin emulsifying. Add more walnuts to achieve a more creamy, thick consistency.

  • Refrigerate for 5-7 days. Enjoy on green salads, especially goes well with roasted beets!