Tomato-Basil Dressing

Preparation info

  • Makes about

    1 cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Lighter, Quicker, Better: Cooking for the Way We Eat Today

Lighter, Quicker, Better

By Richard Sax and Marie Simmons

Published 2000

  • About

In this dressing, the tomato is the dressing. Surprisingly, it has only one tablespoon of olive oil, but it seems much richer than it is.


  • 1 ripe tomato, coarsely cut up (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup (packed) coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, preferably extra virgin
  • Freshly ground black pepper


    Combine the tomato, basil, garlic, and salt in a food processor. With the motor running, gradually add the oil until the mixture is finely chopped. Add pepper to taste.