January 31, 2012

Basil and Yoghurt Salad Dressing

I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s been hot.  Days of over 40C (105F).  Yeah.  Hot.

Since my little house has one air-conditioning unit placed in the dumbest spot imaginable (actually it could be worse), I have spent very little time at home, and instead residing at my other half’s.  He has four air-conditioning units!  And a pool.  He’s lovely...

So what do you do when it’s uber hot – eat lots of fruit and salads.  What did I do?  I ate so much fruit that I gave myself an upset stomach.  Yeah not cool.  I learnt a lesson there...

A week or so ago I had a “I’m not going to eat carbs for a month” idea.  It lasted almost two weeks before I devoured a massive plate of pasta!  It had to be done.  While I was in my no carbs phase, I discovered quinoa.  I had tasted it before and knew about its health benefits, but never actually made it.  So simple and so yum.  What makes it even better is an awesome salad dressing.  I wanted something full of flavour and indulgent (seeing I was being so healthy) so decided on a creamy dressing.  But hey, if you’re making that much effort to be healthy the dressing can’t have cream!  Enter yoghurt.  This is nothing new.  I know this.  I looked around my house, grabbed some basil off my window sill, a clove of garlic, oil, salt etc, threw it in a blender, and out came this little masterpiece.

There’s enough here to make two big salads – the rest you can store in the fridge.

BASIL AND YOGHURT SALAD DRESSING
1 clove garlic
2 heaped tablespoons natural Greek yoghurt
Handful basil leaves
Juice ½ lemon
1 tablespoon apple cider or red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons water

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.  Taste for seasoning - might need more oil, salt or lemon juice.

Store in an air tight container or jar for upto 2 weeks.

Enough for two large salads.


6 comments:

  1. Ow! That makes me realy jealous! Where I live (Belgium) it goes down to - 10 degrees celcius right now. Damned. But I'll put that fancy salad with dressing on my spring-priority list! As soon as the sun starts shining I'm making it a priority. Love your photos! Real styllish!

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  2. What a fabulous sounding dressing! Freezing here in the UK at the moment, but I've bookmarked this for the summer :-)

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  3. Love the sound of this dressing, definitely one I'll be trying in the summer months. Such great photos on your blog, so pleased I stumbled across your site today for the first time.

    Wine and Olives

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  4. Thanks for the comments! I'm happy to say the weather is soo much nicer, cool breeze at night, bliss..

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  5. I love homemade dressings. Yours looks and sounds delicious! I'll have to try this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Just used this dressing on a Quinoa salad with fresh Tomatoes & Rocket - yum!

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