Basil and olive oil dressing recipe
- Cuisine: Greek
The word “basil” comes from the Greek βασιλεύς (basilius) meaning “king” or “royal”. Basil is the king of herbs and the crowning herb in Greek cuisine. Basil is one of the most sacred symbols of Christianity and is used in the Greek Orthodox Church to bless its patrons and people’s homes. This is the herb that grew above the holy cross when it was found. As with all ingredients, basil must be handled delicately and respectfully when cooking with it.
Greek basil is quite different to the sweet basil variety we find here in Australia.
This dressing can be used to dress salads or to marinate meat or poultry before you grill or barbecue it, simply by brushing it all over the poultry. I sometimes add a few kalamata olives to this dressing as well.
Ingredients½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, very finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves,
1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
PreparationPlace all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend for a couple of minutes until all are combined.
Pour the dressing over the salad or use it to baste meat or poultry before barbecuing.
This recipe comes courtesy of Maria Benardis, founder of Greekalicious and author of My Greek Family Table (Lantern).
©2012 Maria Benardis
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