Tuesday, July 12, 2011

cook eat drink • Tomato Basil Vinaigrette: a Summer Delight

This is Toni from Bucktoothed Bunny and I am sharing my sister’s incredibly tasty vinaigrette recipe. My sister, Traci, is a vinaigrette fanatic and created this fabulous recipe that has become a family favorite. It tastes so fresh and is bursting with flavor. 

6 grape tomatoes
2 scallions, chopped
4 basil leaves, chopped
1 cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Salt is optional

Put tomatoes, scallions, basil, and ¼ cup of the vinegar in a blender. Blend well, about 20 seconds. Then, using a rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the blender to get everything down in the bottom. Blend again on high for about 30 seconds. The idea is to get the veggies chopped finely for a smooth dressing. Add the rest of the vinegar and the oil. (If you want salt, add it here) Blend on high until incorporated, about another 30 seconds.

For the optimal salad experience, use basil, chopped grape tomatoes and chopped scallions in addition to a good lettuce in your salad. This enhances the flavors in the dressing. We’ve been using romaine lettuce and adding chopped cucumbers as well. As with any salad, remember to have your lettuce clean and dry so it holds the dressing.

I hope you'll give it a try! 


  1. this looks so amazing and delicious! I cannot wait to try it- thank you Toni for this recipe!

  2. Mmmmm, looks so good! I will add it to my "to make" list! Thank you for this!

  3. Thank you for sharing it with us!! I will definitely try to make it!

  4. omg, I am DROOLING. Our cherry tomatoes are almost ripe, and when they are, I'm making this! Thank you for sharing, Toni and Traci! Gorgeous photos, by the way :-)

  5. Yummy... i am having company this weekend and will use this for sure :)Thanks

  6. oh my gosh this is GOOD. made it. photos did not turn out, but the dressing sure did!

  7. yum yum yum!!!! may have to try that tonight! thank you, Toni and Traci:) ! perfect for this weather.