Basil Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Awhile ago, I ran across a basil vinaigrette salad dressing recipe on the Graff family website.  I made it, loved it, and bookmarked it!  So how sad was I when I had a glut of basil the other day and went to the link I bookmarked, only to discover that the site is not up any longer???  I tried my best to find an alternative recipe (from Food & Wine magazine, even!), only to find that the recipe was a poor version of what I remembered.  So, I put on my detective hat and tracked down the owner of the website via Who Is and emailed the contact name they had for the website, crossing my fingers that the email address was still valid!

So how excited was I when it was not only valid, but got a response from Victoria Gray with the salad dressing, which she writes comes from the Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook.  The dressing is delicious (assuming you like basil), although slightly concerning in its bright green, gloopy appearance.  Give it a try!

Basil Vinaigrette

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
1/2 jar

2 cloves garlic minced
1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 ounces fresh basil leaves (one large bunch plus more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 cup olive oil


1. Combine all of the ingredients, except oil, in a food processor and blend. Slowly add olive oil in a slow, thin stream until thick and creamy.

2. Season to taste and serve or refrigerate up to a week.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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