Wasabi-Basil Dressing
Green wasabi paste is made from powdered Japanese horseradish and is the sinus-clearing condiment typically served alongside sushi or sashimi in Japanese restaurants. It contributes a wonderful hotness and elusive flavor to this vinaigrette. This amount of dressing will dress about 12 cups of salad greens (enough for 6 side salads). The dressing was created for middle-of-the-road spice palates, so if you like things really spicy, add more wasabi to taste.
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon prepared wasabi paste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

In large bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, wasabi, mustard, salt, and pepper. If dressing does not get used right away, do not leave garlic in dressing unless you like really pungent garlic flavor; it will get stronger as it sits.
Nutritional Information
Per tablespoon: 62 calories, 6.8g total fat, 0.9g saturated fat, 5g monounsaturated fat, 0.6g polyunsaturated fat, 0.2g dietary fiber, 0g protein, 0g carbohydrate, 0mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

Makes 1 cup

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