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Basil Salad Dressing

If your garden is overflowing with fresh basil, I have the perfect recipe for you.

We planted more than ten little basil plants earlier this year and now my garden is overgrown with luscious green goodness. Since I have an entire bed of basil, I am of course, on the lookout for basil recipes.

When I looked back in my files, I found this one by Charlie Palmer. This recipe is not “inspired by” his, it is my version of his. If you write recipes, you’ll understand the nuance.

I was lucky enough to meet (and work for) Charlie Palmer close to 20 years ago. At that time I lived in New York City and had started my own business, Ecosav, an environmental consulting company that set up recycling programs for Fortune 500 companies and high end businesses. Palmer was one of my first clients; I was fortunate enough to set up a program for his amazing restaurant Aureole.

Although in those days my focus was on what was coming out of restaurants, rather than what was going in, or being served, I instantly fell in love with the operation that Palmer had started. His was a very focused and very serious business striving for (and reaching) excellence in every area.

Now I am a fan of his cookbooks and find myself lost in them for hours on end. Here’s a dairy free, nut free basil salad dressing for you:

Basil Salad Dressing


  1. Combine all ingredients in a vitamix
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth
  3. Serve over greens or Kelp Noodles

Below you will find additional gluten free salad dressings to help you deal with the bounty of greens in your garden:

posted on September 7, 2012, 15 comments

  1. Beth @ Tasty Yummies @ tasty-yummies.com

    This looks so delicious. I have an abundance of basil right now. What a perfect way to use it. I cannot wait to make this Thank you!

  2. Cindy

    We use something similar to this as a marinade for chicken, shrimp and even pork chops. Hubby always reserves some prior to marinading to serve over the top. PS works great with Cilantro too for a Mexican twist.

  3. DamselflyDiary

    Thanks Elana for these recent dressing recipes. My hubby and I are planning on doing a cleanse diet in the next week or two and wanted some different dressings and veggies dips we could use so we don’t get bored with our veggies. We can’t wait to try this one and the avocado recipe!

  4. christine

    Great recipe! I also puree basil and freeze it in ice cube trays. That way I can add it to soups, sauces, dressings, marinades, pestos, etc, in the winter months when it’s expensive to buy at the store.

    I blanch extra greens, puree and freeze in ice cube trays for use in smoothies, soups, broths, etc. The goitrogenic effects of cruciforms is apparent for me but the light blanching solves that issue. Then I get summer fresh greens in the colder months too.

  5. Can I use dried? If so how much would I use?

  6. I make up pesto in half-pint jars and freeze it to preserve the summer wonderfulness that is basil.

    I like Cristina’s idea of pureeing the basil and freezing it. I will have to try that next year.

  7. Olivia@ OmNom Love @ omnomlove.blogspot.com

    Yum! We have an abundance of basil, too. This sounds delicious and incredibly easy to make.

  8. Vita @ Juicer Depot @ juicerdepot.com

    Thanks Elena. I keep looking at my basil wondering what I can do with it. Your recipe looks easy enough for me.

  9. KC

    Two ounces of basil…. I have an electronic scale, but would hate to take it out and start putting basil leaves on it, one by one.

    Could you give an idea of volume of basil, packed. Or # of large-ish leaves?


  10. Minnie(@thelady8home) @ thelady8home.com

    Thanks. This sounds really great one and quite easy too.

    BTW do join me. I am hosting a gala dinner extravaganza, a fabulous linky party for all. It’s going to go on for the entire weekend. You can post anything – appetizers, drinks, soups, stews, desserts, finger foods – anything that takes your fancy. You can also post party decor or other party related ideas.

    Please do come and join the party and help me make it a success.

  11. Patty Donofrio

    Dear Elena,



  12. Patricia Kenton @ realfoods.co.uk/recipes

    This looks really tasty and healthy! Its wonderful to find healthy salad dressings when your trying to watch your weight, without loosing the taste!

  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com @ kirantarun.com/food

    I love using simple, homemade basil dressings. Yum!

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