Green Tea-Lemon Basil Dressing

Aug 26, 2013

This is a great recipe for Green Tea-Lemon Basil Dressing from Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold & Lise Stern, and simple to prepare. It works well on a green salad, as a dip for raw vegetables, or as a cold sauce for poached salmon, shrimp or other seafood.

Here is what you will need:
1 cup steaming water
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 Tbsp Asian chili sauce
1 cup chopped fresh basil
4 garlic cloves
¼ tsp fine sea salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp honey


Pour steaming water over the tea leaves in a small bowl. Steep, covered, for 2 minutes, then strain, discarding the leaves. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 to 20 minutes.

In a blender or food processor, combine the tea with the remaining ingredients;
puree until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
If dressing separates, whisk or blend again briefly.
*You can use any green tea that you have on hand, but we would recommend a sweet, vegetal tasting green tea, such as Sencha, Dragon Well, Gunpowder or Mao Feng.  A flavored green tea can also be used depending on where you will be using the dressing.  A lemon flavored green tea would work well with salad dressings or seafood sauces.  A berry flavored green tea would also work well with most salads.  For a vegetable dip, try Moroccan Mint Green tea in this recipe.  The combinations are unlimited.  So open your pantry, find your green tea stash, and enjoy!
Shopping for loose tea to make your Green Tea-Lemon Basil Dressing?
Simpson and Vail offers a wide variety of teas and coffees from all over the world please visit our website at  to view all of our varieties and to learn more about loose tea.

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