basilicious.


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...

Ingredients:

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 
Directions:
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. 

19 comments:

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

    xoxo Laura

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  6. 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.

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

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

    My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.

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  9. 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. =)

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

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  11. 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!

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

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  13. Me too! LOVE it. And that looks amazing!

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