Fresh Basil and Balsamic Low Fat Salad Dressing

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe makes enough dressing for a week's worth of salads for a family of 4. You will need a 1 quart jar with a tight-fitting lid. Adapted from a recipe by Lynne Rossetto Kasper .

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel the onion and garlic cloves then mince together with the fresh basil leaves. Put in a jar and add remaining ingredients. Shake up and season as needed with salt and pepper. Store in a cool place. Each night simply shake it up and pour over a salad.
  2. Variations:
  3. For Thai-style dressing that is good over rice noodles, grains or vegetable salads, blend 1/2 cup dressing with 1 tbls. minced fresh chile, 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, 1 tbls. brown sugar, 1/2 cup crushed peanuts.
  4. For ranch dressing: blend 1/3 cup of dressing with 1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk.


Most Helpful

This is tasty!! My hubby rated it a 9/10. Thanks so much for sharing!! :O)

SPrins October 25, 2009

This recipe halves well. It's a robust dressing that enhances the sweet spiciness of the gobs of Genovese basil coming out of my garden. I used 1/2 a sweet Vidalia onion, 2 cloves of garlic, the full measure of fresh basil & left out the dried basil. This was great tonight but I suspect will be even better tomorrow. Thanks Sharon for a great recipe that we'll be using often this summer!

Buster's friend June 24, 2008

I LOVED THIS RECIPE!!! This was very, very good. I will make this again and again. DH is always telling me to make our own salad dressings, and finally I found something we both can agree on. I think I liked it more, but he liked it enough to eat it multiple times! Thanks again for the wonderful recipe!

Sexy Chef Sheri November 27, 2007

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