Lemon basil vinaigrette with summer fresh salad

Heather Disarro

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Lemon basil vinaigrette is the easiest and most deliciously versatile dressing to make this summer. Toss it on a simple salad of fresh lettuce, peaches, dried cherries and toasted pecans for a healthy and beautiful meal.

Lemon basil vinaigrette with summer fresh salad

Lemon basil vinaigrette with summer fresh salad

Serves 4-6


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped basil
  • 4 cups fresh lettuce of choice (romaine, mache, iceberg, etc.)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh peaches
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped


  1. First assemble the salad by mixing together the lettuce, peaches, cherries and pecans. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, process the lemon juice, mustard and shallot.
  3. Add the basil and process again until mixed.
  4. With the processor on, stream in the olive oil until the mixture is emulsified.
  5. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Toss half of the dressing with the salad, leaving the remainder in a dish for others to serve more if desired.
  7. Serve immediately.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.