Creamy Lemon-Basil Dressing

Basil and lemons for creamy lemon basil dressing

The sweetness of the basil and the tartness of the lemon come together in this delicious and creamy dressing! Just add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, mix well, and refrigerate until ready to use!

Yield: 12 ounces of dressing (10 to 14 servings)

Note: Refrigerate for at least 2 hours after blending to allow flavors to blend. It can also be made for up to three days before use. Add the dressing to the salad just before serving.


  • One-half cup of sour cream
  • One-half cup mayonnaise
  • One-half cup chopped scallions
  • One-half cup packed chopped fresh basil (stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced or grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • One-half teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Instructions: Prepare the fresh produce and dry ingredients first before measuring the more sticky wet ingredients.

Prepare your work area by getting out your:

Wash a lemon and squeeze out 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add to a blender. You can use your Mesh Strainer and Wet Measure Spoons to strain and measure the juice.

Remove the stems from one cup of fresh basil leaves and cut the leaves into small pieces. This should produce a one-half cup of tightly packed basil pieces. Add to blender.

TBK Tip: Use kitchen shears to remove stems and cut them into small pieces.

Using your Cut Glove, Dry Measure Cups, and Bench Scraper cut scallions into one-half-inch pieces, using both white and green parts to produce one-half cup. Add to blender.

Using your Cut Glove, Mini Box Grater, and Bowl Scraper grate one large clove of garlic. Add to blender.

TBK Tip: grate the garlic into a small bowl. The pieces will be very small and sticky and the small dish will help to contain them.

Using your Salt Cellar and Dry Measure Spoons:

  • Add one teaspoon of salt to the blender.
  • Add one-half teaspoon of ground black pepper to the blender.
  • Add one-half cup of sour cream to the blender.
  • Add one-half cup of mayonnaise to the blender.

Blend for two minutes or so, and check to make sure the mixture is smooth with no chunks. Blend until smooth.

TBK Tip: If you are having problems getting it all smooth, strain the mixture using the Straining System (cheesecloth bag and wide mouth funnel and canning jar with lid.)

Cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to blend. Enjoy!

Basil and lemons for creamy lemon basil dressing
Fresh basil and lemon juice make this creamy dressing a delight.

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