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.
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
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!