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Creamy Basil Dressing

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This Mediterranean-style salad dressing recipe was created by Chef Jesus Gonzales of Rancho La Puerta, a destination spa in Baja California, Mexico. The spa has a cooking school and culinary center called La Cocina Que Canta ("The Kitchen That Sings.") You can use regular basil or experiment with more unusual types you grow yourself: lemon basil, purple basil, Thai basil.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon chopped shallots
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 T white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup whole fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

Preparation:

Blend all but salt and pepper in a processor or blender, pureeing until smooth. Season to taste.

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