Creamy Lemon Basil Dressing

The Creamy Lemon Basil Dressing is a luscious and aromatic blend that marries the tangy zest of fresh lemon with the fragrant sweetness of basil, enveloped in a rich, creamy base. This dressing's foundation is built on the smoothness of sour cream and mayonnaise, creating a velvety texture that's both indulgent and light. The lemon juice adds a refreshing burst of citrus that cuts through the creaminess, while the fresh basil contributes a peppery, slightly sweet note that elevates the dressing with a summery freshness. Dijon mustard introduces a mild heat and complexity, rounding out the dressing with its subtle sharpness. Seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper, this dressing achieves a harmonious balance of flavors.
Given its creamy texture and vibrant flavor profile, this dressing pairs exceptionally well with the crisp, slightly sweet leaves of LivFarms' Green Leaf lettuce. The dressing's brightness and herbal notes complement the natural taste of the lettuce, making for a salad that is both refreshing and satisfying.
To build a salad that fully complements this Creamy Lemon Basil Dressing, consider adding additional elements that echo its fresh, bright flavors. Thin slices of cucumber and ripe cherry tomatoes can add juiciness and a pop of color, while avocado chunks offer a buttery texture that contrasts beautifully with the dressing's acidity. To turn the salad into a heartier meal, top with grilled chicken breast or flaked salmon, which will both harmonize with the dressing's creamy citrus-herb notes. A final garnish of extra basil leaves will enhance the salad's visual appeal and reinforce the dressing's key flavor.


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, combine ½ cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
  • Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard to the mixture.
  • Season the dressing with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until the dressing is smooth and well combined.
  • Refrigerate the dressing for at least 1 hour before serving for optimal flavor.


Basil has a sweet, yet savory flavor profile, characterized by its peppery and slightly minty nuances. It's a versatile herb that pairs exceptionally well with the tangy freshness of lemon. In this dressing, fresh basil works to balance the zesty lemon juice and the creamy elements of sour cream and mayonnaise. When using basil, it's important to chop it finely to release its essential oils, which are responsible for its distinctive aroma and taste. The combination of basil with lemon juice creates a refreshing and vibrant flavor, perfect for a summer salad or as a drizzle over grilled vegetables. It's best to add basil towards the end of the preparation to preserve its flavor and vibrant green color.
Basil is a nutrient-dense herb, low in calories but rich in several vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting. Additionally, basil provides a decent amount of iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. These nutrients are crucial for maintaining good health, including supporting bone health, immune function, and vision.
Consuming basil offers various health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties, mainly due to compounds like eugenol, make it beneficial in reducing inflammation and pain. Basil also has antibacterial properties, helping to fend off harmful bacteria. The antioxidants present in basil, such as flavonoids, protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of certain diseases, including heart disease. Furthermore, the herb has been traditionally used to alleviate stress and improve mood, possibly due to its adaptogenic properties.

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