Basil-Infused Vinaigrette Recipe


Low fat, Low calorie – Low carbohydrate recipe


This Basil-Infused Vinaigrette recipe is excellent served on vine-ripened tomatoes from your home garden.  There is nothing like the smell of basil – one of the most recognized fragrances of summer.  Basil has become one of the most popular herbs in the garden today.  It is my favorite herb, especially in the summer and autumn when vine-ripen tomatoes are available.

There are many types of basil, which vary in size, color, and flavor.  All can be used for culinary purposes. If you are not lucky enough to grow your own basil, it can be found in your supermarket.  Look for evenly colored, bright green leaves with no sign of wilting or dark spots.

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Basil-Infused Vinaigrette Recipe


Basil Infused Vinaigrette Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Basil Infused Vinaigrette Recipe
Servings: 1 /2 cup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, freshly chopped, divided*`
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (good quality)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons grainy-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and coarsely-ground pepper to taste
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil; remove from heat and add 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves.  Stir to coat the leaves.  Let cool slightly.

  2. Add balsamic vinegar, red wine, water, and lemon juice.  Cover and let sit overnight.

  3. The next day, strain out the basil leaves and discard.  Add mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.

  4. Just before serving, add remaining 1/4 cup freshly-chopped basil leaves.

  5. Recipe makes 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) - 1 tablespoon per serving.
    Each Serving Totals - 1 Fat Grams, 2.2 carbohydrates, 41 calories

Recipe Notes

* Learn all about using fresh basil in your cooking.

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