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Jar of Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 4 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 Minutes
  • Yield: 1.25 cups 1x
  • Category: Dressings
  • Diet: Vegan


Fast, easy, and super tasty, this healthy Oil Free Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing is bursting with tangy, rich, fresh flavors.



Base Ingredients:

  • 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

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil *
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *


  1. Place all the Base Ingredients and Spice/Herb Ingredients into a bowl, whisk until emulsified and smooth.
  2. 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.