Grilled Lemon & Basil Vinaigrette
Grilled Lemon & Basil Vinaigrette is a delicious and light salad dressing or dip. Fresh lemons are grilled until they get caramelized and sweet then the juice is blended with fresh basil and parsley for a lovely warm weather recipe.
We are well into spring and it’s time for grilling and bright fresh dishes. This is a delicious dressing for any salad or use as a marinade and finishing sauce for chicken or fish.
Also delicious as a dip for veggies, chips or anything edible you want to dip. I also have similar recipes to this which are herb based. Grilled Herb and Lime Chicken and Simple Roasted Vegetables with Herb Sauce.
In keeping with the spring-theme, I recently grilled vegetables to make a grilled vegetable pasta salad (recipe coming soon) and the perfect way to dress this salad was with the grilled lemon and basil vinaigrette. This dish is perfect of for a light dinner or a tasty lunch on-the-go.
Why grill lemons?
Grilling lemons is a great way to transform the flavor of a lemon. Not only does it help release the lemon juices, but it makes the juice sweeter and slightly smokey.
No grill? No problem. You can place the cut-side of the lemon into a cast iron skillet or heavy pan over high heat until it is lightly charred.
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31 Comments on “Grilled Lemon & Basil Vinaigrette”
Wow! Lemon and basil go really well together but I would never have thought of grilling the lemons! Bet that adds a gorgeous flavour. Looks delish! 🙂
Thank you so much Becca 🙂
Janette, how much do I LOVE this idea! It is spectacular. I know it is easy but gosh what a difference a little grilling will make. I already roast citrus to plonk onto salads but to whizz them up? Genius. I bow to you. *genuflecting*
Thank you so much Kellie 🙂
This looks fabulous! We love making our own dressings and grilled lemon just sounds delicious!
Ooo… I eat salad all the time so I’m always looking for new dressings to ‘spice’ things up. Vinaigrettes are my absolute favorite (creamy dressings are just to heavy for me). I love everything about this vinaigrette – light, herbaceous, and zesty… perfect! Definitely making this for my next salad!
I bet this is delicious! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!
Looks awesome Janette! Definitely trying it!
I never thought to use grilled lemons in dressing, very interesting idea! Definitely will try it , thanks for sharing with this recipe 😉
Thank you for stopping by Irina 🙂
This is a very tasty dressing! I love that you grilled the lemons! I will find many ways to use it.
Thank you so much Suzy
Grilling lemons is such a great idea. They are delish that way. Thanks for the reminder.
You’re welcome 🙂
The grilled lemons makes a world of difference. Thanks. Love it!!!!
They really do, thank you for visiting Sara 🙂
This yummy dressing is sure to live up any dish! Love it!
Grilled lemons are so creative…I have to try that! I am really digging the sound of this vinaigrette…it is so pretty too 🙂
Thank you so much Tammy
I love grilling lemons to make a vinaigrette out of it. This is a very well done recipe. The basil is so perfect in this recipe.
Aww, thank you so much.
I LOVE this idea, Janette, and would never have though of grilling the lemon to use for dressing. I will have to try this – it looks and sounds fabulous.
You really should Susie, it makes the lemon so sweet. Thank you for stopping by.
We love to make home made dressings in our house. This dressing looks like I need to try it!
Thank you Peter, I’m sure you’ll love it.
I love everything about this vinaigrette. How wonderful to mix with lovely veggies and pasta!
I love that you grilled the lemon! This dressing looks and sounds so delicious!
Thank you so much Erica.
This looks delicious and versatile. Glad I stumbled upon your beautiful and yummy Blog!! 🙂
I’m glad you stumbled upon us too Andrea, don’t be a stranger 🙂