I love summer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil with olive oil and vinegar - the classic Caprese Salad. But, as much as I like the flavor of basil - (and I love it!), sometimes, I find the texture tough or very strong. So, many times, I don't add it to my Caprese except as a garnish.
I found this idea of blending the basil into the dressing, making a basil vinaigrette.
And it was absolutely delicious. So delicious, I could drink the vinaigrette plain!
Add more vinegar if you prefer more "bite".
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup torn basil leaves (loosely packed)
2 T cold water
3 T red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
6 T olive oil
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.