Making your own dressing is so quick and simple once you stock some basic ingredients in your pantry. It's a much healthier option than shelf-stable versions because you control the oil, salt and sugar - and avoid artificial colors and preservatives. Use this whole food, plant-based (WFPB) dressing on salads, roasted or steamed veggies, grains and legumes for an added tangy sweetness.
Yields about ¾ cup
¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar
¼ cup raw walnuts (or raw pecans)
½ cup fresh basil
¼ cup water
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 clove garlic
½ tsp thyme (optional)
¼ tsp sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and combine until smooth.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.