Meyer Lemon-Basil Salad Dressing Recipe

by valentina on July 25, 2011

A lot was cooking in my kitchen this weekend, and the first thing I’m excited to share with you is a super quick salad dressing recipe!  Remember when we made My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade a week or so ago?  I know, how could you forget, right?  ;-)   It’s delicious!

Well, a friend of mine took my mom’s recipe a step further and added fresh basil from his garden.  A fantastic, beautiful idea, I think.

And that’s exactly what inspired this salad dressing!  I made a big batch and we used it on our salads all weekend.  It’s light, lovely and super flavorful!

Meyer Lemon-Basil Salad Dressing Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 cups


1 cup Meyer lemon juice

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons finely minced shallots

1 teaspoon minced, fresh garlic

2 teaspoons minced, fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1-1/2 tablespoons honey

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup loosely packed, fresh basil leaves

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, orange juice, shallots, garlic, ginger, salt and honey. Very gradually whisk in the oil. Stir in the basil leaves and season to taste with the pepper. If necessary, add more salt.
  2. This dressing is best when you let it sit for at least an hour before using, and you can make it a few days ahead, keeping it stored in the refrigerator.


Use a jar to make your salad dressings. It makes for an easy way to blend them. If you have a large jar with a lid, simply add everything to the jar, close it tightly and shake to blend.

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erin herron July 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

Valentina, thank you for generously sharing this dressing on a salad at our party last week; everyone said it was the most delicious and “bright” & “light” salad dressing they’d ever tasted! YUM!


Diane {Created by Diane} July 27, 2011 at 5:08 am

Sounds delicious :) my mom just brought me a bunch of lemons too


Sarah at Mr. Food August 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm

What a fabulous idea! Can’t wait to try the lemonade AND the salad dressing. Thanks for sharing – I included your Meyer Lemon-Basil Salad Dressing recipe in a roundup on Mr. Food’s blog.

All the best,
Sarah at


valentina August 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

I so appreciate it — thanks so much, Sarah! :-)


Bo W August 17, 2011 at 4:59 am

This sounds awesome!


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