Oil - Use a good quality olive, canola, or grapeseed oil. Since you'll be
spicing it up yourself, start with a relatively neutral tasting oil.
Vinegar - There are many different vinegars on the market- balsamic, red
wine, sherry- all will fit well into your dressing. The standard ratio is 1 part vinegar to 3
The Balance - Sweet will balance out the acid. Orange juice is a nice
addition because it adds a sweet component while providing a citrus twist. If using a citrus
component, avoid mixing in aluminum bowls- the acid may react, developing a metallic taste in
1 cup oil
1/3 cup vinegar
1 Tbs. Orange juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. Chopped Fresh Basil 'Round Midnight'
1 Tbs. Chopped Fresh Cilantro 'Calypso'
2 Cloves garlic- crushed
Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until well combined, or combine all into a
glass jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Let the flavors emulsify for 30 to 60
minutes at room temperature. If preferred, chill before serving. Store in the refrigerator.