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I don't know about you, but I love basil.  

One of my favorite ways to use basil, is in caprese sandwiches {that's what I call them}.  All I do is layer tomato, mozzarella, sprinkle with basil, and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper {this is pre drizzle}.

But one of my true guilty pleasures involving basil is this dressing...and it doesn't even call for fresh basil.  I know, classy.

This is not a dressing that you top on a healthy salad {lettuce,carrots and croutons are best}, nor is it healthy. But it's not something I make that often.  And I'm a bit embarrassed to say it's from a chain restaurant back home, not out of some fancy cookbook or a family recipe.  Once you read the ingredients, you'll realize why it's so good and why it's very unhealthy.  It's too delicious not to share...


3/4 cup oil
1 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoons crushed dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
Hot pepper sauce 
Whisk together oil and mayonnaise. Add buttermilk, cheese, basil, salt, garlic and hot pepper sauce to taste. Mix thoroughly. Cover and let flavors meld overnight {the joke in our family is that it will never make it over night} in refrigerator. 


  1. my favorite combo: tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella!!

    xoxo Laura

  2. Yup, I will most certainly have to give this a try... sold!

  3. Ohh I hear you on basilicious! I LOVE LOVE basil. The scent the taste, it all. I grow it year round in my garden, it is just the best! I am actually having caprese salad tonight for dinner with a cold cucumber soup. Mmmm!

  4. I'm droooooling right now. Also so jealous because I was craving a big salad for lunch and when I went to make one I found that my husband had used the rest of the lettuce. Boo.


  6. Oh man, that dressing sounds so yummy! Sinfully, actually!

  7. I had basil ice cream last night at Lineage in Brookline and it was surprisingly delicious! Which is how I imagine this dressing to taste - thanks for the recipe.

  8. OMG! Mozz, basil, balsamic and tomato the best!!!

  9. So when do you want me to come over for dinner??

    My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.

  10. A girl after my own heart! I actually just had a few slices top with tomatoes and a bit of basil tonight. Basil is my absolute favorite herb and the combination is lovely - there is nothing more delicious and fresh.

    Loved your photos - I'll have to try your caprese sandwich. =)

  11. i just bought a basil plant and jazzed up my boring grilled cheese sandwich with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. yum!

  12. It sounds delicious! I love basil too. My husband and I just made a tomato/mozzarella/basil/olive oil pizza on our grill. We bought the fresh pizza dough at the grocery store. It was so yummy, and easy!

  13. YUM! I planted basil and tomatoes in my garden - I can't wait for the tomatoes to be ready so I can make this!

  14. Caprese sandwiches are the best!


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