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Creamy Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Posted Dec 13 2009 4:02pm

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For those on my local holiday gift list, this Creamy Balsamic Dressing Recipe is a yummy gift that promotes healthy holiday eating! It's fabulous as a vegetable dip, yummy on pasta, and even better on salad. The only caveat*: the recipe calls for my homemade Garlicky Mayonnaise as a base. I suppose you could use the store-bought stuff (and if you do, add another clove of garlic), but if you want the really good, oooh and awe-style dressing, use the homemade garlic mayonnaise.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

1/2 C. homemade Garlicky Mayonnaise* (or store-bought, in a pinch)

1 clove garlic, peeled

1/4 C. packed fresh basil, roughly chopped

1 T. Dijon mustard

1/4 C. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

dash pepper

1/2 C. extra-virgin olive oil

Method: In the bowl of a food process or blender*, add all the ingredients but the olive oil. Blend until mixed. With the machine running, very slowly add the olive oil in a stream until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

Makes approximately 1 3/4 C. Can be doubled and tripled for gift giving. Keeps refrigerated for up to 10 days.

*A blender creates a smoother dressing. I use the smaller jar of my VitaMix and blend on the variable speed setting. 

*If you're making the Garlicky Mayonnaise for this recipe, there is no need to wash the jar or work bowl of the blender----just carry on with the recipe after removing the mayonnaise.

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