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Creamy Garlic Basil Salad Dressing


So I have been drowning my sorrows in food and I've probably gained about twenty pounds I'm sure. This past summer my goal was to lose close to thirty pounds but with everything that has happened this summer, instead of losing it, I've gained it. Our vacation in Florida sure didn't help. While we stayed at a beautiful condo which included all the amenities, we still rarely cooked but ate out every single day. I'm trying now to eat a little bit healthier and one thing that I love is salads. While we all know that salad dressing adds on the calories, I however love to make my very own homemade dressing. Today I want to share with you my Creamy Garlic Basil Salad Dressing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



Here is what you'll need:

Ingredients

2 garlic scapes
1 5.3-ounce cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
Juice of one small lemon, appromixately 1 teaspoon
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
honey, if needed


Instructions

Snip off the tough ends of the garlic scapes and any brown tops.


Chop the garlic scapes and add to a powerful blender or food processor. Pulse and blend until they are as fine as you can get them.


Add the all of the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.


If you need to thin the dressing out, add water a tablespoon at a time.

Taste and adjust seasonings. You can add more of anything at this point to suit your tastes. If the dressing is tangy, you can add a teaspoons of honey to balance it out. (I added a teaspoon)


About garlic scapes:

Garlic scapes are the "flowering" stem of the garlic plant that grow straight up and will usually loop around. The tops look like a flower, but they actually never bloom like one. They appear before the garlic bulb matures and are harvested quickly to allow optimal growth for the garlic bulb underground.

You can find them at farmer's markets and CSAs during late spring and early summer months. The entire thing is edible, but you will want to trim off any tough ends or snip off the tops if they've browned.

When eaten raw, they are very crunchy and more pungent in flavor. But when cooked, they become tender and have a flavor similar to roasted garlic. You can use them in any dish that would be complemented by a mild onion and garlic.

If you can't get your hands on them, a combination of garlic and chives or scallions is a good substitution.

When used raw, they're delicious in dressings, sauces (like chimichurri), hummus, sprinkled in salads or mixed with tomatoes and herbs for bruschetta.

When cooked, they can be added to soups, eggs, pasta, rice or stir-fries. We love just tossing them with olive oil and roasting them!

Annmarie John
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  1. This sounds delicious! I have garlic in the garden and this recipe is going on my 'to make ' list. I m always trying to find new ways to use garlic t is so good for you.

    elen beck

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  2. I can't wait to try this. It sure sounds good.

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  3. Oh my gosh, this looks so incredibly delicious!! Thank you so much for the recipe, I will be pinning it for sure!
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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  4. I make my own salad dressing sometimes but never one as good as this!! This one sounds yummy!!

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  5. Wow! This recipe for salad dressing looks and sounds so yummy. Can't wait to try it!

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  6. This dressing sounds really good. That garlic taste would be awesome for a chicken salad.

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  7. That dressing sounds fantastic. Don't get too hard on yourself for not meeting your fitness goals yet. Everything takes time and effort.

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  8. This looks really good. I'm a firm believer that you can't ever have too much garlic so this would be right up my alley.

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  9. I just told my daughter that I needed to find a good, healthy salad dressing. I'm so over the one I've been eating forever. This one looks delish. And, I have never had a garlic scape before. I must remedy that ASAP.

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  10. This stuff sounds good enough to drink! Who needs lettuce, anyways, right? Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, I'm definitely adding it to the arsenal :)

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  11. I like trying new salad dressings and this is definitely one I will be making at home. This dressing looks like it would go great with pasta.

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  12. I love basil almost as much as I LOVE garlic! I'm definitely going to try this recipe as I really enjoy making my own salad dressings versus buying bottled, processed ones!

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  13. This sounds amazing! I too love salads and this gives me another way to perk them up!

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  14. My husband and kids LOVE salad so this would be perfect for them. My girls love dressing and will try just about any, I'm sure they'd love this! - Jeanine

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  15. There's nothing like the smell of fresh basil! This dressing looks really good,and I have quite a bit of basil left over in my garden to use for it. Thanks for the post!

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  16. This is so yummy! I love the sent garlic gives to the food! Will try this recipe for sure.

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  17. I LOVE SCAPES! This sounds amazing - we recently had a scape-based ice cream, which was surprisingly not bad, but definitely not something you want more than a couple bites of. This is different - I could definitely eat a bunch of this dressing overtop of my daily salad :)

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  18. I think I'd like it tangy. And the color here sure is pretty. This looks great.

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  19. I made this and it was absolutely wonderful! So glad you linked up to the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party, because this is my feature for the week! Woo hoo! :)

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    1. Thank you for featuring us this week and I'm so glad that you got to try it and liked it. It is simply amazing.

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