The Salad: It’s the “healthy eater’s” go-to when eating out…with good reason! A colorful plate of various veggies is packed full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, more often than not, it’s also packed with a lot of hidden calories. Bacon, cheese, croutons, and the worst….dressing. Many dressings are packed full of corn syrups and sugar, varied oils, and additives. Go ahead, flip some of the dressings over in your fridge and check out the ingredients. Yikes, right?
Recently, I had lunch at Amici Café, an Italian cafe on Ormsby Avenue in Old Louisville. I was blown away! They had several salad options that were amazing! My Tricolor Salad, complete with Kentucky Proud tomatoes, was out of site! With it, I ordered their homemade Sweet Basil Dressing. WOW! In all honestly, it was the best dressing I have ever had! Knowing it was made in-house put me ease – it wasn’t a processed product packed with preservatives (say that 3 times fast) for extended shelf life.
Now, Amici’s wouldn’t divulge the exact recipe, but they told me it was honey based, so I experimented to try and replicate. Here’s what I came up with!
Sweet Basil Dressing (Serving Size: 2 tablespoons, recipe makes approx. 8 servings)
- 1/2 cup packed whole basil leaves
- 1/4 cup honey (Tartan Meadows honey, Magnolia, KY, purchased at Lucky’s Market)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup chives
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- Dash of salt
Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Place in container and refrigerate before serving. The dressing should keep for one week (maybe a little more).
Nutrition Information (per serving)
- 112 Calories
- 9g Fat
- 1.25g Saturated Fat
- 0g Cholesterol
- 0mg Sodium
- 9g Carbohydrate
- 0g Fiber
- 0g Protein
Just a quick additional tip…skip the croutons and flavorless cheese, try a seasoned nut and a more full-flavored cheese so you can use a smaller portion! Here are my favorites purchased from Kroger!