Four ingredient and oil-free blueberry basil salad dressing. So good you could drink it with a straw.
Hello gorgeous! Grab a spoon and pull up a chair because this just happened.
That’s right, my blender just whipped up the tastiest salad dressing this side of Lake Michigan, and you’re going to have to dial up all of your self-control to stop yourself from drinking it or eating it with a spoon.
This sexy little number was inspired by the boutique salad dressing section in the organic produce aisle of my local supermarket. There were colorful rows of specialty dressings with exciting combinations of ingredients that spoke to me. I can’t give them away because I have a long list of dressings that I’m going to share with you from now until September. Stay tuned.
The blueberry basil dressing was the first one to catch my eye because of its vibrant color. I’m not a bottled salad dressing girl, so I surprised myself when I realized that I was holding a bottle of dressing in my hands and was actually contemplating purchasing it. Then I read the ingredients.
Oil was the first ingredient. So. Much. Oil.
I don’t freak out over using a little bit of oil for cooking, and sometimes I do put a little in salad dressing if it needs it, but I use it moderately. There’s nothing worse than a greasy mouthfeel and aftertaste that results from a heavy on the oil recipe. I prefer being left with the flavor of the fresh fruit or vegetables in a dish. My arteries fancy that too.
So after reading the long list of ingredients in that bottle of salad dressing, I decided to make my own version. One that was lighter in texture, calories, and fat, and one that celebrated the flavor of the blueberries and basil.
And this my friends, is the result.
You won’t want your dressing on the side when you try this delicious sweet basil salad dressing with blueberries. You won’t have to, because it’s good for you. It’s made from fresh blueberries, sweet green basil, tangy lemon juice, a pinch of onion powder, sugar, salt, and ground black pepper. All of it blended into a vibrant concoction of salad boosting happiness.
It’s so good that I had a few spoonfuls—the trials and tribulations of recipe development—while I was tweaking the recipe. Then I drowned a big bowl of baby spinach leaves, cucumber, and avocado with it and did a happy dance in my chair while I ate it. Sorry about that visual.
This four ingredient (I don’t count water, sugar, salt, and pepper as ingredients because they’re kitchen staples) blueberry basil salad dressing can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze it for up to six months.
Here’s a fun hack for you:
Freeze the dressing in an ice cube tray, then remove the frozen cubes and store them in a freezer bag, take a few out at a time and pack them with a salad for lunch. A great way to brown bag it the fresh and healthy way.
What’s your favorite salad dressing?
Oil or oil-free?
Bottled or homemade?
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Easy Blueberry Basil Salad Dressing
- 1 Blender
- ½ cup of water
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- ¾ cup of basil leaves – pack them into the cup
- Lemon juice from one large lemon – approximately ⅓ of a cup
- 1 teaspoon of sugar or sweetener of your choice if you use anything other than sugar make sure you add slowly, tasting as you go.
- ½ teaspoon of ground sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon of ground onion powder
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. You will see tiny pieces of the blueberry skin.
- Pour over your favorite salad and enjoy!