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Meyer Lemon & Sweet Basil Dressing

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*Walks up to the microphone*

Tap, tap, tap…anyone there?

Hello, my loverly minions! Remember me?

I’m that girl who used to blog delicious recipes on a weekly basis who recently succumbed to a nasty outbreak of the walking dead that completely killed every ounce of my energy and caused me to deteriorate into a full blown cast member of House of 1,000 Corpses.

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For the past month, I have been doing practically nothing but lying in bed snuggled with the kittles while watching numerous episodes of Downton Abbey, Parenthood, My Ghost Story, and any other scary/investigation discovery show I could find on Hulu & Netflix. Uuum, have y’all seen Escaping Evil: My Life In A Cult?!?

Mind=blown.

Anywho, I suppose I could say, “Oh that sucked so much, I just hate being so sick that I can do nothing but wallow in our king size bed all day watching hours and hours of Teen Mom 2 while bald eagles and ospreys fly over the sound right outside our bedroom window b/c I just can’t stand not being cooped up in the office wah, wah, wah”, but…yeah…the truth is?

I was sick as shiz y’all and, though I’m sorry I had to take such a long break and I even missed my one year blog-i-versary, I really, really needed to get myself well.

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So this funk completely knocked out my sense of taste and smell which made me completely lose my appetite. When I did start finally wanting food again, I wanted super sugary, highly processed cereals (crunch berries, anyone?!?) or sour things like pickles and vinegary salads because that totally makes sense, right? :/

My husband had randomly picked up a bag of Meyer lemons from the grocery store and all I could think about was how well lemon and basil went together. Y’all all know how much I love fruity dressings so, clearly, a dressing was to be born.

This dressing is absolutely to die for and is the perfect way to gear your taste buds up and get them ready for spring. I originally ate it on a fancy schmancy salad with fresh blueberries and goat cheese, but then I was trolling Instagram one afternoon and ran across Jenn at Peas & Crayons amazeballs recipe for her Confetti Pasta Salad, and I about flipped my balls. Haven’t made it yet? Do.it.

Mind= blown again.

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Getting to know you…

Did you miss me?

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Do you mind taking time to heal?

Meyer Lemon & Sweet Basil Dressing

Serves 10
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Salad, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Easter, Formal Party
Website Recipe Adapted from Group Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Meyer lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar (or honey for non-vegans)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • A few cranks of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 heaping tablespoons fresh sweet basil (sliced into ribbons)

Note

*WWpts and WWpts+ = 3 pts per serving*

Directions

Step 1
Add everything but the basil to a small food processor (or bowl) and blend or whisk vigorously until thick and well combined.
Step 2
Stir in the fresh basil, refrigerate, and let the flavors mingle for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Step 3
Enjoy!
Love y'all!
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7 Comments
  • The saddest thing happened last year–I bought $6 worth of lemons, and then tragically needed my gallbladder to come out. By the time I was well enough to cook, they had spoiled. I need to jump on earlier this year!

    • amber
      March 27, 2013

      That is an absolute travesty! Gallbladder surgery suuuuuuuucks!

  • Glad to see you back, girl! I was starting to wonder! I’m sorry you’ve been so sick. 🙁

    • amber
      March 27, 2013

      Thanks, girl! I’m slowly but surely getting back in the game!

  • Mia
    March 28, 2013

    OMG! I am SOOOOOO glad you’re back! I was starting to freak out a bit. Emailing was on the “to do” list, but I was trying to gauge just how long a random internet acquaintance should wait to email you so she didn’t seem cray-cray. I will totally try this dressing – quite possibly on pasta salad for my family’s monthly potluck. I hate being sick, but I love an excuse to stay away from work – I’m normally here 6-7 days/week. You know I love me some Housewives. And Basketball Wives. And Mob Wives. Maybe this says something about me…

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    March 29, 2013

    I cannot WAIT to try this dressing! And I’m beyond stoked you’re feeling better =) Have a great Easter weekend girly! <3

    • amber
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks, girl! Right back at ya! I made a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge batch of your confetti pasta salad for our family Easter egg hunt tomorrow. We can’t get enough!