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    Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe

    Published September 10, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This tasty 3-ingredient pesto vinaigrette recipe comes together in minutes and is an amazing dressing to serve with your next salad. You will be blown away at how flavorful this vinaigrette is.

    Salad dressing just makes the salad that much better, especially if it’s got a bunch of herbs and cheese in it. If you’re looking to up your salad game, then definitely try out my Italian Dressing or Ranch Dressing.

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    Pesto Vinaigrette

    Pesto Vinaigrette is an easy-to-prepared dressing consisting of pre-made pesto that is emulsified with vinegar and oil to enhance its flavors and thin it out so that it can easily coat salad greens. It’s best to use fresh homemade pesto when making this vinaigrette.

    You can create and alter the flavors by swapping out the basil with things like cilantro or kale. If you are a fan of pesto, then you will definitely like this full-flavored vinaigrette.

    Ingredients and Substitutions

    pesto vinaigrette ingredients
    • Pesto – You will need to make pesto ahead of time or purchase pre-made.
    • Vinegar – I prefer to use white wine or distilled vinegar for this.
    • Oil – Olive oil is best to use because that is the main oil already in the pesto. However, you can use avocado oil or any neutral-flavored oil.

    How to Make Pesto Vinaigrette from Scratch

    Add the pesto and vinegar together in a medium-sized bowl.

    pesto and vinegar in a bowl

    Slowly whisk in the oil until the dressing becomes emulsified.

    whisking oil into a bowl of pesto

    Store or serve the pesto vinaigrette.

    pesto vinaigrette

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: For freshness, you can make this Pesto Vinaigrette up to 3 days ahead. You can serve this immediately, but more flavors will come out with time. In addition, let it sit at room temperature before serving it.

    How to Store: Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. This will not freeze.

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    Chef Notes + Tips

    • Make this recipe in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment for the ultimate emulsified dressing.
    • Emulsify is just a fancy culinary term to combine two things that generally wouldn’t go together, like oil and vinegar.

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    Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe

    5 from 2 votes
    This tasty 3-ingredient pesto vinaigrette recipe comes together in minutes and is an amazing dressing to serve with your next salad.
    Servings: 1 cup
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1/3 cup pesto
    • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

    Instructions

    • Add the pesto and vinegar together in a medium-sized bowl.
    • Slowly whisk in the oil until the dressing becomes emulsified.
    • Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
    • Store or serve the pesto vinaigrette.

    Notes

    Make-Ahead: For freshness, you can make this Pesto Vinaigrette up to 3 days ahead. You can serve this immediately, but more flavors will come out with time. In addition, let it sit at room temperature before serving it.
    How to Store: Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. This will not freeze.
    Make this recipe in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment for the ultimate emulsified dressing.
    Emulsify is just a fancy culinary term to combine two things that generally wouldn’t go together, like oil and vinegar.
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Italian