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Basil Mint Dressing

Gluten-free, Vegan

This basil mint dressing is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Make a batch and use it all week and I promise you will be loving your salads!

Having a good quality, healthy and delicious dressing on hand is always nice but it’s not always easy to come up with something awesome! While I normally dress all my salads with simple olive oil and vinegar, sometimes I like to jazz up my life! With springtime here, and summer approaching, now is the time to start using those fresh herbs in your foods. And when it comes to dressings, you can not only use them to pep up your green salad, but toss it in your pasta, drizzle it on avocado toast, use some in your hummus… the options are endless. This dressing is so fresh because it uses fresh mint and basil with lots of freshly squeezed lemon.

I really can’t get enough of it, and am so happy with how it turned out. Not to mention the colour. Just look at how beautiful that is.

Mint and basil go really well together, and the flavour is just amazing. But did you now these herbs are also a powerhouse of nutrition? You betcha! Here are some of the benefits of these little green leaves.

Benefits of Herbs

Herbs are used for flavour in food, but they are chock full of benefits and healthy compounds. They are rich in phytonutrients which can help strengthen the immune system, regulate blood sugar levels, provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which is going to keep you feeling your best if you consume them regularly!
The star of this show is Basil and Mint, but did you know you can use them in so many other ways??
Try a few of these ideas:

Basil

  • Toss chopped leaves on tomatoes with fresh olive oil
  • Add it to your bruschetta
  • Top your pasta with freshly chopped basil
  • Use it on top of pizzas
  • Make a blueberry basil smoothie
  • Add it to your water

Mint

  • Add it to ground lamb burgers or meatballs
  • Jazz up your water and add it to your water bottle
  • Make steeped tea
  • Add it to your ice cream or yogurt
  • Add chopped mint to fruit salad
  • Use it in a pesto

I add brazil nuts to give it some creamy texture, and also because Brazil nuts are one of the richest sources of Selenium there is- an essential trace mineral and micronutrient that is not made by the body. So we need to get this from outside sources, and using brazil nuts will do the job. They give a wonderful flavour to this recipe as well.

The sweetner I used is coconut nectar liquid. It is my favorite sweetner of choice, becasue it doesn’t seem to have as distinct of a flavour as honey or maple syrup, is wonderfully thick and sweet and nutritious. But don’t worry about using that or trying to find it (although you can just order it on amazon!). Sub with honey, maple or even just some coconut sugar. All will work just as well.

This homemade dressing is 1000 times better than any store bought variety you can find. Use it on your next salad, toss it with cucumbers and tomatoes, or make it in this fabulous summer pasta salad!! The best part is that to make this dressing you add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until nice and smooth. That’s it.

But if you are in the mood for somthing new, or a little richer, try my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, which is a great sauce or dressing for your nourish bowls, or buddha bowls. For your next dinner try my Spring Green Nourish Bowl to feed you and your family!

The options are endless. Please tell me if you have tried this recipe in the comments and any ways that you decided to use this dressing or sauce.

Enjoy xoxoxoxo

Basil Mint Dressing

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Dressing
By Nadia Zanini Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins

A bright and fresh Basil Mint dressing perfect for your spring salads and summer vegetables. Chock full of nutrients from the fresh herbs and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup packed mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon- just the juice
  • 6 brazil nuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp each of salt and pepper- or more or less to taste

Instructions

1

Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend for several minutes up to 5 minutes to really pulverize the herbs and make a smooth dressing.

Nutrition

  • 178 Calories
  • 3.7g Carbohydrates
  • 16.9g Fat
  • 0.2g Fiber
  • 0.7g Protein
  • 2.4g Saturated fat
  • 2.4g Sugar

Notes

All nutritional facts are based solely on a nutrition calculator and may not be exact

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