Peanut Basil Vinaigrette

The peanut, basil and balsamic flavours of this versatile dressing will inspire your meal menus for weeks, and the monounsaturated fats in the peanut oil are a heart-healthy type of fat. It’s excellent with a vegetable salad, coleslaw or noodles, brushed over grilled veggies, or even as a marinade.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: Makes ½ cup (125 mL)



⅓ cup (75 mL) basil leaves, tightly packed
2 tbsp (30 mL) peanuts
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) peanut butter
⅓ cup (75 mL) peanut oil
salt and pepper, to taste


Finely chop basil with peanuts and garlic, and place in a bowl. Whisk in balsamic vinegar and peanut butter until combined. Whisk in peanut oil until blended. Add salt and pepper if needed.


Per serving (1 tbsp/15 mL): 104 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 5 g monounsaturated fat, 4 g polyunsaturated fat), 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 0 g sugars, 28 mg sodium, 5 mg calcium.