Looking for a refreshing salad dressing? This Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is whole 30 friendly, paleo, gluten free, and absolutely delicious! Now Foods provided me with all of my favorite products to make this recipe, but all opinions are my own.
Making your own dressing is nowhere near as difficult as you might think. I think dressing is the type of thing that people always either get scared of trying to make or are lazy and just take the easy way out by going with the store-bought brands. Even though it’s nice to just grab something quick at the store… it’s SO worth taking a few extra minutes to make your own! Adding just a touch of something like this Healthy Lemon Basil Vinaigrette gives a salad giant burst of flavor, and only take a few extra minutes to make!
I really never knew making your own dressing was a thing until a few years ago. My idea of making my own dressing was taking the Good Seasons packet from the store and mixing it with oil and vinegar. I never really thought much of this until I started to eat healthier and looked at the ingredients on the back of that packet. Want to know what one of the first ingredients is? Sugar. When I saw that I just thought.. what the heck?! You wouldn’t pour sugar on top of your salad alongside all of the other veggies, right? So why would you coat them in a dressing that was loaded with it and other funky ingredients.
That night I thought to myself…well if all you have to do to make dressing is mix oil, vinegar and spices together..then why can’t I just mix my own? So I did! After that, I was hooked on making my own salad dressings. Now – I do want to say, I’m thankful some nights for the pre-made salad dressings at the store. Over the past few years brands like Tessemae’s (I used their honey poppyseed dressing in these Honey Poppyseed Pineapple Chicken Skewers) and Primal Kitchen Foods have popped up with really tasty, better-for-you, pre-made dressings that I actually love. But as delicious as they are, I still love making my own dressings!
When I was able to visit the Now Foods Headquarters a few months back (you can read all about that here) we got to do an oil taste test. Now Foods has a huge variety of different oils like almond, avocado, pumpkin seed, and sesame seed oil, all of which we were able to try. It was so fun to taste all the different flavor profiles of the oil and get to see which ones we liked best. While we were there we learned more about what makes a good dressing, and we even got to make our own to take home on a homemade quinoa salad. Their chef taught us that a good dressing starts with an oil, has some sort of acidic added to it (usually citrus juice or a mustard) and has spices added into it! My favorite oil was the brazil nut oil. In addition to having a nice light flavor, the health benefits are amazing too! Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium, which is great for fighting inflammation and great for your heart and thyroid health.
After making my own dressing at the event, I knew I wanted to recreate it in my own kitchen at home, and add in some fresh herbs instead of dried ones. With summer basil everywhere you look – I knew it would be delicious alongside the Brazil Nut Oil + some lemon juice. This recipe is super simple + I know you’re going to love it!
- ⅓ cup Now Foods Brazil Nut Oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅓ cup packed fresh basil
- In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour over your favorite salad + enjoy!
Things we used for this recipe: Now Foods Brazil Nut Oil, citrus juicer, microplane zester, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, NutriBullet
The dressing goes great on pretty much anything, but I love it on this Healthy Summer Peach Arugula Salad. The sweet peaches and raspberries with the lemon/basil dressing combo is SO yummy! Plus, it’s vegan, whole 30 and paleo – so anyone can enjoy it!
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