Basil Vinaigrette


3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • Place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar with a well fitting lid. 
  • Shake them well and set aside.
NOTE: This basil vinaigrette is really good in potato salad.

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Did You Know?
One tablespoon of salad dressing made with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar has only 40 calories and 4.5 g of fat. Plus you'll get some of the monounsaturates and omega-3s (the "smart" fats linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease and cancer).
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