Easy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette (Dressing or Marinade)

This lemon basil vinaigrette is the perfect bright and flavorful salad dressing to top your favorite veggies with, drizzle on your favorite grilled meats, or even toss into pasta salad.

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Why you’ll love this lemon basil dressing

This lemon basil vinaigrette is one of my favorite dressings to make all summer with fresh basil from my garden. It’s so flavorful and yummy!

The fresh flavors make it the perfect dressing for:

  • Your favorite summer salads or favorite greens
  • Drizzling on grilled veggies, meats and seafood
  • Dressing your favorite pasta salads
  • Using as a dressing for sandwiches or sliders
  • Using as a delicious marinade for your favorite protein or veggies for grilling.

Plus, you only need a handful of simple ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes to make.

I get requests for healthy salad dressings all the time, and truly it doesn’t get any “healthier” than a homemade salad dressing with fresh ingredients. Store-bought dressings are just never as good or flavorful!

If you’re new to making your own dressing, I promise the tiny bit of extra effort is worth it. This dressing has the perfect amount of flavor from citrus and fresh herbs and truly takes your salad to the next level!

Let’s get into what you need to make this fresh lemon basil dressing next.

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Ingredients

  1. Extra virgin olive oil: Olive oil is a must when it comes to homemade dressings for the flavor and healthy fats. This one is my favorite!
  2. White wine vinegar: White wine vinegar is a great base for this dressing, but you can also use other vinegars that you enjoy in dressings, like red wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar.
  3. Fresh lemon juice: Lemons add the perfect amount of bright citrus summer flavor! You can also add a bit of lemon zest for a bigger lemon punch of flavor.
  4. Fresh basil leaves: Fresh sweet basil is a must! I love growing basil plants in my garden but if you’re not a garden-fan, grab some from your local grocery store or farmer’s market.
  5. Garlic: Fresh garlic is one of my favorite ingredients for homemade dressing. It adds a zesty garlic punch to any recipe! To make your life easy use a garlic microplane! If you don’t have fresh, you can use garlic powder too.
  6. Honey: You can use any sweetener that you enjoy. I like a touch of honey or maple syrup in dressings because they blend easily.
  7. Salt + black pepper
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Instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also finely mince the basil and mix everything up in a small bowl. Or, use an immersion blender.
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  1. Process on high until ingredients are fully blended. Scrape down sides while processing as needed.
Lemon basil vinaigrette blended in a food processor.
  1. Drizzle on your favorite salads, grilled veggies and meats!

Recipe FAQ

How to store

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Olive oil will naturally solidify a bit in the fridge, so some separation is normal. Let the dressing sit out at room temp for a few minutes and shake up before serving.

I like to store mine in a mason jar with a lid so that it’s easily shaken up!

Lemon basil vinaigrette dressing in a glass dressing container.

Variation + substitutions

  • Use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a lime version.
  • If you like creamy dressings, add a scoop of Greek yogurt, sour cream or mayo.
  • Use avocado oil instead of olive oil.
  • Use different vinegars like balsamic, white balsamic, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar.
  • Add more fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a different flavor profile.
  • Add dijon mustard for a creamier, tangier dressing.
  • Blend parmesan cheese or feta cheese for a cheesy version.

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Lemon basil vinaigrette dressing in a glass dressing container.

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Fresh and flavorful lemon basil vinaigrette made with simple ingredients.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced or microplaned
  • 1 tbsp honey more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt more to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper more to taste

Instructions

  • In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients: olive oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Process on high until ingredients are fully blended. Scrape down sides while processing as needed.
Course: Salad

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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