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Basil and garlic dressing

Easy 5-minute recipe

Written By: Byron | July 10, 2023
basil and garlic dressing drizzled over a tomato burrata salad.

Basil and garlic dressing is a super easy recipe that’s perfect for drizzling over seafood, salads, or over roasted meats and veggies. Made in under 5 minutes, and with just 5 ingredients, this will be your go-to dressing this summer! 

This recipe makes around ½ cup worth of dressing which is plenty to dress a salad or a seafood dish for 4 people.

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Serving:

1/2 cup

Ready in:

5 mins

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Salad, seafood, meats

ingredients to make tomato burrata salad are laid out on a kitchen counter.

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How to make basil and garlic dressing

Good news, this recipe is super easy to make and only takes around 5 minutes to make when you use a food processor. If you want to go all old-fashioned, you could use a mortar and pestle, although you’ll need to add more time (and likely need to make a chiropractor appointment afterward!). 

We suggest sticking to making this recipe with a food processor. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 5 garlic cloves (small-med), peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar (we used Jerez white vinegar)
  • ⅓ cup (2 fl oz/60ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • ¼ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt  

Equipment needed 

Instructions

  • Start off by adding the garlic and a little oil to the food processor. Buzz for a minute, or until you see the garlic is nicely minced. 
  • Next, loosely chop the basil and add the leaves to the food processor. Add around half of the remaining oil and buzz for a few minutes until you reach the desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more oil. 
  • Transfer to a sealable air-tight jar or container. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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Recipes for using basil and garlic dressing

This quick and easy dressing recipe is great for any salads and we feature it with our Tomato burrata salad recipe. This dressing is also great when drizzled over seafood, grilled vegetables, and meats. 

Another great recipe for using basil and garlic dressing is potato salad, and we’ve made a great no-mayo potato salad recipe here that’s just singing out for some basil and garlic dressing goodness! 

 

More summer dressing and sauce recipes

FAQs and Cooking Tips

How long does basil and garlic dressing take to make?

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: ZERO
  • Total time: 5 minutes

Is basil and garlic dressing vegan-friendly? 

Yep, this recipe is 100% vegan-friendly. 

How long will this salad dressing last?

When refrigerated, this dressing will last up to a week in an airtight container. Freezing is not recommended. 

Do you need a food processor to make this recipe?

No, you can make this recipe with a mortar and pestle, although a food processor will save you a bundle of time (and pain!). 

Nutrition facts

Servings: 6
Amount per serving  
Calories 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.2g 14%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Total Sugars 0.1g  
Protein 0.3g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 24mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

 

A plate of tomato burrata salad drizzled with a green basil and garlic dressing.

Basil and garlic dressing (easy 5-minute recipe)

Basil and garlic dressing is a super easy recipe that’s perfect for drizzling over seafood, salads, or over roasted meats and veggies. Made in under 5 minutes, and with just 4 ingredients, this will be your go-to dressing this summer!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course dressing, sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Authentic Spanish recipe, Mediterranean, Spain
Servings 4
Calories 101 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 sealable air-tight jar or container
  • A food processor
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 5 garlic cloves small-med, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar we used Jerez white vinegar
  • cup 2 fl oz/60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt

Instructions
 

  • Start off by adding the garlic and a little oil to the food processor. Buzz for a minute, or until you see the garlic is nicely minced.
    5 garlic cloves, ⅓ cup 2 fl oz/60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Smoe garlic cloves and olive oil are added to a food processsor.
  • Next, loosely chop the basil and add the leaves to the food processor. Add around half of the remaining oil and buzz for a few minutes until you reach the desired consistency. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more oil.
    1 cup of fresh basil, 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt
    basil leaves in a small nutribullet
  • Transfer to a sealable air-tight jar or container. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.
    A plate of tomato burrata salad drizzled with a green basil and garlic dressing.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.3gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 1.6gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 12mg
Keyword 5-minute recipe, basil, basil and garlic, dressing, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salad dressing

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