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Creamy Basil Dressing Recipe

  • Ingredients: 26
  • Serves: 3

Creamy basil dressing with plain low fat or non-fat yogurt, white balsamic vinegar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips, shallots, chopped, garlic, chopped, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper.


  • 1/2 cup plain low fat or non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsps. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped plus 2 tbsps. sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 3/4 tsp. shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

For Boysenberry Ice Cream:

For Grand Marnier Ice Cream:

  • 2 tbsps. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur

For dipping:

  • 5 walnut halves
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

For the macadamia nut praline

  • 2 cups sugar for garnish if desired

Ingredient tips

  • • cheese Use fresh ricotta cheese with a dry texture, preferably one with large curds. It’s sold at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores and Italian markets.
  • • cherries If using fresh cherries, add enough purchased cherry juice to the drained juices to measure 1 1/2 cups total — the fresh cherries won’t release as much juice as frozen ones.

For Serving

  • Country Sausage and Sage Dressing
  • Cranberry Relish

Espresso chocolate chunk:

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tsp. espresso powder

Very berry:

Peppermint fudge:

  • 3 tbsps. fudge sauce
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies


  1. Step 1 In blender or food processor, combine yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, chopped basil, shallots, garlic, salt, and pepper and pureé until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

    For this step you will need

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Creamy Basil Dressing Recipe

  • Ingredients: 29
  • Serves: 1

Creamy basil dressing with loosely packed fresh basil, chopped shallot, balsamic vinegar, salt, black pepper, mayonnaise, extra-virgin olive oil.


Base frosting

Vanilla frosting

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Almond frosting

  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 6 drops yellow food coloring
  • Unsprayed mini roses

For strudel and phyllo triangles

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted, husked
  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 12 sheets fresh phyllo pastry or frozen, thawed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • vanilla ice cream
  • fresh mint sprigs

For cutting and dredging

  • About 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, for dusting the cutting board
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch sifted together with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

For final assembly and decoration

  • Assorted nonpoisonous flowers

Berry compote


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