Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

This sweet basil vinaigrette is inspired from one of my favorite salads I order at a local Italian restaurant. Fresh basil and balsamic, you can’t go wrong.

For those who’ve ate at Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen you know this salad. In this salad there is bacon and blue cheese with kalamata olives on top of romaine lettuce with a sweet basil vinagrette… oh lord it’s good! I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this salad… unless you don’t like blue cheese, and if that’s the case how very sad ;)! It’s because of this salad that I love blue cheese… And the salad dressing is simply fantastic!!!

Here is what you need: a lemon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, basil and a clove of garlic. Salt and pepper too!

Smash and roughly chop the garlic clove.

Trim the stems off of the basil, stack them on top of each other and roll into a cigar shape, then slice in to thin ribbons.. The process is called “chiffonade”… How cool right!!

Juice the lemon and measure out 2 tablespoons.

Add the garlic to the mini food processor and pulse until it is in tiny specks.

Now add all the ingredients [except the olive oil and basil] and give it a quick pulse.

Drizzle in the olive oil while it’s running and blend until smooth.

Sprinkle in your basil and with the lid firmly attached give it a quick pulse. And Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing into a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Now lets make the salad!

Slice 3/4 of a pound of bacon into 1 inch pieces. Cook until nice and crispy and remove to a paper towel lined plate.

Get two [clean] heads of romaine and quarter them and then give them a chop! Then in a large bowl or individual bowl layer lettuce, blue cheese, kalamata olives and bacon. Drizzle with the sweet basil vinaigrette.

I hope you love this salad as much as I do!!


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Papa's Salad & Sweet Basil Vinaigrette

Inspired from one of my favorite salads I order. The sweet basil vinaigrette is GOLD!

Yield: 2-4 depending

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes (bacon)

Total Time: about 40 minutes



2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3-5 leaves of fresh basil [depending on the size], rolled and sliced very thin

kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


2 heads of romaine lettuce, quartered and chopped

3/4 lb. of Applewood bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces, then cooked until crispy

crumbled blue cheese

kalamata olives


To Make the Vinaigrette: Throw the chopped garlic into a mini food processor and pulse until very fine.

Then add the honey, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard.

While the food processor is running drizzle in the olive oil.

Add the basil and pulse until nicely blended. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the dressing into a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Layer lettuce, bacon, kalamata olives, blue cheese and then drizzle with the dressing!

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5 Responses to “Sweet Basil Vinaigrette”

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    Tracy — April 14, 2010 at 1:13 am

    I made this for dinner ..it was yummy ..i think i put a bit to much garlic in (3 cloves) but it was still good.

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    Anonymous — April 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    This dressing is now a staple in my house… SO GOOD! Thank you Simply Scratch!

    Julie Quick
    Waterford, MI

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    laurie — April 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    awesome Jul!! I'm so glad!!

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    Patty — April 29, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I love that I can come to your blog, search on ingredients I have on hand, and find this two year old recipe. I made this for dinner tonight and added some red onion to it. OMG, it was delicious!


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