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Cherry Tomato and Basil Dressing

Cherry Tomato and Basil Dressing 12.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 9, 2014

Tart tomatoes give this vegan dressing its tang, with no vinegar needed, and lend a Thousand Island-esque color.

Use it on salad greens or roasted potatoes or as a dip for crudites.

You'll need a blender to make this; using a food processor might result in a dressing that's chunky or not quite emulsified.

Make Ahead: The dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 12 servings; makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, stemmed, each cut in half
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (may substitute walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste


Combine the tomatoes, oil, basil, pine nuts, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a blender; puree until creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender jar as needed. Taste, and add salt if needed.

Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid; use right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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From Food editor Joe Yonan, author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 100

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 11g 17%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 55mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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