Red Plum + Basil Vinaigrette Recipe *Video

Red Plum + Basil Vinaigrette Recipe *Video
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

This is a super simple dressing that will add a touch of sweetness to your salad.

This recipe is from a fantastic book by Becky Striepe called Bowls! It’s full of yummy and healthy ideas for meals in bowls. This dressing grabbed my attention because it reminded me of a dressing I made one summer with nectarines, which was delicious – and this one using plums was spectacular as well!

Red Plum + Basil Vinaigrette

Prep time:
Makes 1 cup, or about 8 servings

You can pick up a copy here, in print or ebook.

I also wanted to give you a bit of an intro to Becky, so I asked her a few questions…

1. What is your favorite aspect of eating out of a bowl? And would you be more likely to eat with a fork or a spoon? Or a spork?

I feel like there’s this comfort food aspect to food in bowls. Maybe it’s the way you can heap in ingredients and toppings? I like my bowls saucy, so I’d probably lean toward using a spoon to get at all of the goods.

2. What’s your favorite ingredient to put in your bowl?

It’s probably a tie between nutritional yeast and hot sauce. Whether it’s a breakfast bowl, a big bowl of soup, or a mashed potato bowl, I’m the one dousing it in nooch and some kind of hot sauce.

3. How do you keep your bowls interesting and unique?

I think that’s the beauty of bowls. Just mixing up components gives you something totally new. The same veggies and sauce on top of quinoa becomes a totally different experience when you throw in mashed potatoes instead.

4. When you go to a restaurant, do you ever wish that they were serving one of your bowls? Which one do you crave most?

Ha! Sometimes I definitely do wish for that, especially at places that aren’t super vegan friendly. That peanut butter tofu bowl over mashed potatoes and kale is probably the one I crave most often. I can’t get enough gingery peanut butter sauce.

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  • 2 plums
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (original recipe is with olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Puree everything in a small food processor or blender until smooth.

What would you like to have in a bowl upon which to drizzle this dressing? Let me know below!


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