Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Welp peeps ;o) it is that time of year where a lot of my recipes are going to contain fresh herbs because I have been overrun with my herbs. Mind you, I am not complaining...just sayin is all :o). I am actually in seventh heaven with how my herbs are growing!! Well anyone who knows me knows I go ape over fresh basil pesto every year and that is one of my main herbs that I grow. Well I goofed this year and grabbed one Lemon Basil (a hybrid between sweet basil and african basil) instead of my regular Sweet Basil that I get. It was too late after my mistake, to do anything about it so I just went ahead and kept it, even though I was not quite sure what to do with it.

Yesterday, Dave and I had a day off, and we decided to make a salad for lunch. I figured...hmmm..vinaigrette...why not. Might as well try it. I have to figure out some use for it, (still not sure if the pesto will taste good using lemon basil, instead of the sweet basil). It turned out great. It is just my standard vinaigrette that I make, but I wanted to share it with all of you. This just shows that you can mix things up, by using different herbs, but keeping your same main ingredients, and coming up with a completely different taste!

1 cup lemon basil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup basil vinegar
1 tbsp coarse ground mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice (just to keep the leaves from turning brown)
1 tsp crushed red peppers
2 cloves garlic
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt to taste

Put all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender and liquefy. Once everything has been blended thoroughly, begin adding the EVOO until you get the dressing to a consistency you like. I don't usually measure this because sometimes I like a thicker dressing, other times I like a thin dressing, it all depends on what my mood is or what time of salad you are making. A pasta salad you would probably want a thicker dressing so it would stick to the pasta, verses a greens salad where you would want it a bit thinner.

Hope you all enjoy.

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