Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

  • Author: Lauren Kenson
  • Prep Time: 12 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/3 c dressing 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Italian


This Fresh Basil Vinaigrette recipe is super refreshing and perfect paired with a seasonal salad! This simple dressing comes together in the blender and lasts all week in the fridge. Think pesto sauce in dressing form – with extra brightness from lemon juice and apple cider vinegar!!



  • 2 c fresh basil leaves, packed (stems removed)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic*
  • ½ tsp dried onion
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ c extra virgin olive oil


  1. BLEND EVERYTHING BUT THE OIL: Add basil leaves, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic cloves, dried onion, and salt to a blender. Blend until well combined (about 30 sec – 1 min)
  2. THEN ADD THE OIL: Add in the extra virgin olive oil and blend again until emulsified, about another 30 seconds. Store in a lidded jar in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. When serving straight from the fridge you may need to spoon it on since this oil will solidify a bit at colder temperatures. You can also take it out before you intend to use it and allow it to come to room temperature while you assemble your salad or bowl.


*If you don’t have a high powered blender, chop the cloves up a little bit before putting them into the blender cup

Save your basil stems to use to flavor broth later on (like in my Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe)


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

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