We are always looking for new dressings to jazz up the night's salad and this one gets a twist on our usual lemon and olive oil classic with the addition of the tarragon and basil. Tarragon is a herb we are just beginning to explore as it has a powerful and specific flavor that can easily over shadow what it is paired with. However, in this dressing it is nicely balanced with the mustard and basil and provides the salad, or any salad, with a floral and herbaceous flavor. The kids loved it for dipping carrots and we liked it especially with a grilled chicken and vegetable entree salad we made.
Fresh Herb and Mustard Vinaigrette
Makes about ¾ of a cup of dressing
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
1 tablespoon of water
½ tsp. salt
1/3-cup fresh tarragon
1/3-cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
2/3 cup Olive Oil
*Can sub in flat leaf parley for any of the herbs, or add to the mix
Place all ingredients except the Olive oil into a blender. Pulse until garlic and herbs begin to break down and then stream in oil, blending dressing until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning. You may need a bit more oil, or salt.
Serve with any salad, or as a dip for crudité. It holds up well to hearty lettuces like romaine and grilled vegetables or chicken.
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