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Basil Vinaigrette Recipe

This Basil Vinaigrette recipe is very common throughout the Mediterranean area where simple salad recipes are an everyday staple.
The addition of the basil to the oil is a method called "infusion", where the herb is allowed to sit and infuse it's flavour into the oil.

All vinaigrette recipes originated from the early Roman vinaigrette.




The light refreshing flavour of the basil enhances any salad, soup or stew and it is good for you too. Basil has a surprisingly large number of vitamins and minerals.

You can purchase Basil as a fresh herb, dried, or crushed at most grocery stores. Of course fresh is best and many chefs and home cooks grow basil in their kitchens or windowsills so that they always have some on hand.

This simple vinaigrette recipe can be served over nearly any type of green salad.


Basil-Vinaigrette Recipe:

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup (120 ml) virgin olive oil

• 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice

• 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) salt

• 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) pepper

• 2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh basil/ or 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) crushed basil



Method:

1. Briskly whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients.

2. Spoon the vinaigrette over the salad.

3. Store any remaining vinaigrette in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. (I use a small mason jar) It will keep for up to 2 days.




Yield: Will serve 4 salads


Note:

This Basil Vinaigrette Recipe will taste better if allowed to sit, before use, to allow the flavour of the basil to infuse the oil.





Did you know


- that basil is related to peppermint

- that basil helps to protect cells and chromosomes from damage

- that basil has been found to prevent the growth of several types of bacteria

- that in basil oil is Eugenol, which provides an anti-inflammatory effect similar to Aspirin or Ibuprofen.

- that other nutrients found in basil include iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

- that basil also contains Vitamin A and magnesium

- that basil is a great anti-oxidant too.





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