Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

It’s so hot you guys. Vancouver is going through a heat wave and I just can’t bring myself to turn on my oven or even go near my stove. I must admit that I have been surviving on sandwiches, cheese plates, overnight oats, and yogurt. But this sudden infusion of extreme heat has also given me the opportunity to experiment with some great salads and try some new salad dressings.

I’d like to introduce a new salad dressing that is perfect for summer – a lemon basil vinaigrette.

Basil is by far my favourite herb, and due to all of the sunshine and heat we’ve been getting, it has been growing like crazy in my garden. I had some lemons handy, so I squeezed some lemons into my food processor, added the freshly picked basil, along with some other pantry staples, and voila! A summery, light, and flavourful salad dressing with flavours reminiscent of Italy.

Lemon Basil Vinaigrette


1/4 cup lemon juice (from about 1/2 a lemon)

1 cup basil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/3 cup high quality olive oil


Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.

Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor, you can mince the basil, combine all of the ingredients in a jar, and shake until combined. Easy-peasy.