Basil oil

For an aromatic summery salad dressing try this deliciously different oil from Merrilees Parker
By Merrilees Parker
Basil oil
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  • Serves: makes 280ml
  • Cook Time: 1 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 3 bunches basil
  • 275 ml high qualityextra virgin olive oil


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the herbs, making sure that the leaves are submerged, and blanch for five seconds. Drain into a strainer and immediately plunge the herbs into a bowl of ice water. Put the basil back into the strainer and squeeze out all the liquid.

2. Puree the basil in a blender with olive oil.

3. Strain puree immediately through a fine-mesh strainer. Then strain again through some muslin.

4. Put in a sterilized glass bottle, cover tightly and refrigerate. For optimum flavour, use within a week.

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