This homemade creamy pesto salad dressing will only take five minutes to put together but tastes amazing! It’s the perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal. This recipe makes enough basil pesto dressing for one salad.
Tomorrow is the start of June so… it’s salad time.
Time to stop comfort eating and start appreciating the cooling, crunching joy of a fresh salad.
And I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for a good salad dressing.
Hel-LO, creamy basil pesto dressing.
I think we can all agree that store bought dressing doesn’t taste as good – but sometimes making a great dressing from scratch feels like too much effort on a lazy summer’s day. When the sun is shining, you don’t want to be hovering in the kitchen too long. Many home made dressings require you to squeeze lemons, chop herbs, blend stuff… how many times have you planned to do this and then resorted to just using oil and vinegar because you couldn’t be bothered to get out the food processor?
Nothing wrong with oil and vinegar. But sometimes you want something a little different.
Like this super creamy pesto dressing with the delicious flavour of basil knocking around.
This is a little bit of a compromise because you are using some jarred mayonnaise and jarred pesto for the sake of ease. But it still tastes a whole lot fresher than a bottled dressing from the supermarket, for absolutely minimal effort.
And if you’re like me, these things are always in your fridge. (Especially since Sacla pesto started coming in squeeze bottles– how cool is that?!) So you can make this whenever you want with no pre-planning required.
simple & creamy pesto salad dressing
Yield 4 servings
This homemade creamy pesto salad dressing will only take five minutes to put together but tastes amazing! It's the perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal. This recipe makes enough basil pesto dressing for one salad.
- 1 and 1/2 Tblsps mayonnaise
- 1 Tsp dijon mustard
- 2 Tsps cider vinegar
- 1 Tblsp ready made basil pesto
- 1/8 Tsp caster sugar
- A few grinds each of salt and pepper
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl, until creamy and emulsified.
- Yep, that's it! Now pour into your salad.
Serving Size Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.9 g
Sodium 132 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Sugars 0.9 g
Protein 0.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
If you like simple salad dressings, you should also check out my smoky yogurt ranch dressing!