This healthy Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing is fast, easy, and super tasty. Bursting with delicious flavors of tangy balsamic and Dijon that pair perfectly sweet basil and creamy tahini. If you are looking for a salad dressing that has some spunk, then this dressing is sure to have you doing your happy dance, making it this week’s awesome Whip It Up Wednesday recipe.
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients, and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
This week’s Whip It Up Wednesday is our Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette. This salad dressing makes salad uberly simple as it is super-fast, comes together easily, and tastes oh-so-yummy.
We make it all the time since creating this creamy goodness. During the summer months, we used fresh basil because it was readily available; however, it is also very delicious using dried basil as well.
As most of you know by now, we eat a lot of salads and tons of veggie bowls. Our daily ritual is to eat a large salad or veggie bowl for one of my meals every day. We pack our salads with all types of delicious veggies, greens, beans, whole grains, and so much more.
This awesome salad dressing is the perfect complement for nearly every salad.
Whip it up Wednesday
As you already know, on Wednesdays, we feature a quick and easy recipe that can be “whipped up” in 20 minutes or less. This salad dressing recipe can be made in about 4 minutes, which really helps speed things up in the kitchen.
Need something fast and tasty, then this Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette will certainly put a smile on your face with the first tasty bite!
The Whole Food Plant Based salad that accompanies this vinaigrette in our photos was super fun to make!
- Mix of greens (green leaf lettuce, baby spinach, and baby kale)
- Diced bell peppers
- Grated carrots
- Sliced cucumbers
- Sliced grape tomatoes
- Sliced radishes
- Sliced red onions
- Red kidney beans
- Brown rice pasta (fusilli)
- Hemp seeds
- Fresh basil leaves
Give it a try! It is awesome!
More delish dressings:
- Oil Free Herb Vinaigrette
- Creamy Garlic Dressing
- Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing
- Asian Sweet Chili Dressing
- Warm Red Onion Dressing
- Vegan Italian Parmesan Dressing
We have a gathered a roundup of all the Whole Food Plant Based Salad Dressings, Vinaigrettes, and Sauces we have created. See them all here –> Whole Food Plant Based Salad Dressing Round Up
- Whisk or fork
Fast, easy, and super tasty, this healthy Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing is bursting with tangy, rich, fresh flavors.
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons organic maple syrup (+/-) *
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (+/-) *
- 3 Tablespoons tahini
- 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari *
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened plain plant milk
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil *
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
- Place all the Base Ingredients and Spice/Herb Ingredients into a bowl, whisk until emulsified and smooth.
- Taste test and add adjust seasonings/ingredients accordingly.Serve over your favorite salad greens.
*Dijon Mustard/Vinegar/Maple Syrup: Our family loved this dressing; however, we each had preferences over the multiple kitchen tests. Some preferred more Dijon mustard, while others liked more pops of vinegar tang, and others preferred more sweetness. This recipe is a great base to start. It is perfectly delicious with the measurement listed in the recipe, but can be easily customized to suit individual preferences.
*Viscosity: The thickness or thinness of this dressing/vinaigrette comes largely from the tahini. Some oil-free tahinis are thicker than others (especially if refrigerated), while other oil-free tahinis pour easily like a thin syrup. If you want a creamier dressing, scale back on the plant milk and refrigerate the dressing as this will create a thicker consistency.
Fresh Basil versus Dried Basil: Fresh basil really punches up the basil flavor of this dressing. We enjoyed this dressing with both fresh basil and dried basil. The recipe indicates dried simply because it dominated most of our kitchen tests. Dried Basil is more potent, if using fresh feel free to ramp up the amount of fresh basil.
*Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium. You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: Makes approximately 1 ¼ cup of dressing.
*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 5 days.
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