I LOVE basil, but got a little heavy handed while planting it between every tomato and pepper plants. It was over growing them. Now it was pesto time. This laundry basket is packed full of basil and must weigh over 40 pounds. What to do with it all. I didn't have time to do more than strip off the leaves and put it in the food processor with just enough olive oil for it to puree'. Then I put it into 2 cup zipper bags, placed it on cookie sheets and froze it for later. We will use this in salad dressings, pesto, soups, etc.
This is my favorite salad dressing of all time. It is delicious on greens with fresh or lightly steamed vegetables and leftover chicken or cottage cheese.
Serve with fresh baked bread.
1 cup olive oil
¾ cup herbal or apple cider vinegar
¼ cup honey
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup packed, fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix in blender till smooth. Keeps in refrigerator for two weeks.