Saturday, February 26, 2011

M: Honey Basil Vinaigrette & Chobani Greek Yogurt

Ever since I had 5 Loaves’ sweet basil and honey vinaigrette I have been searching and experimenting to find a recipe that tasted just like it! I do believe I successfully did that – still not quite as good as theirs, but hey, it gives it a run for it’s money =)


I used Crisco’s Light Olive Oil, which was a perfect base for the dressing (disclaimer: we received this product for free from Foodbuzz and Crisco). Final product:


And served drizzled atop a salad made of baby spring greens and spinach, chopped asparagus, walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, dried cranberries, and mandarin orange segments. Yum!!! Sweet and full of basil goodness!


Honey Basil Vinaigrette

slightly adapted from All Recipes

3/4 cup olive oil

scant 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup honey

3 TB chopped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in a jar. Secure top and shake until well combined. (You can also just whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl as well if you don’t have a jar available.) Can serve immediately or after it’s been chilled in the fridge!

Erica and I also recently received an incredible opportunity to sample Chobani’s new Greek yogurt flavors! (Disclaimer: we received these products for free) We were so excited for this since we both LOVE Greek yogurt, especially theirs! And how adorable is that lunch box?


Erica’s review:

“Josh and I were very excited to try the new Chobani flavors, as we’ve been Chobani fans for years. Of the flavors we tried, our ranking is as follows:

1. Black Cherry

2. Honey nana

3. Mango

4. Very Berry

5. Lemon

The black cherry and honey nana flavors were our absolute favorites! In fact, I’ve been trying to purchase the black cherry since sampling, and it’s often sold out! The honey nana was a close second! I love the smaller size (great as a side at lunch) and the flavor is subtle, but tasty. My go-to Chobani right now is the 0% plain and I add in a little maple syrup! You can’t beat the creaminess, taste, and protein packed awesomeness of Chobani!”

As for Bryan and myself, can I just say that we are now officially Chobani-exclusive in our household? Once Bryan saw the protein factor he was completely sold. Usually the Greek yogurts we try tend to be sort of runny or somewhat flavor-less or overly-tart. Chobani gets all of these factors perfected!

The honey nana was by far our favorite! Even though it is marketed for kids (which is great! Who doesn’t want to feed their children more healthy foods?!) it is a perfect snack for adults alike! Fantastic atop a breakfast parfait =)


Our ranking was exactly like Josh and Erica’s, except a little switch-a-roo between the honey nana and black cherry.

Go out and try these new flavors! They get a A plus on the thickness/creaminess/texture factor as well as their great flavors, and the additional protein packed goodness is such an awesome plus! They are really unmatched by any other Greek yogurt (in my opinion of course) =)

Happy Saturday!


Pound said...

that dressing looks amazing. im sure it'd be good on chicken or even on some yummy chicken tomato mozz sandwich or panini!

happy saturday!

Gen said...

That salad dressing looks yummy....I love anything with basil in it! =D
Hope you have a great weekend!

KatiePerk said...

I am most definitely making that salad dressing. Thanks!

Stephanie@cookinfanatic said...

I think we all know how I feel about my beloved Chobani!! Their new flavors are sooooo good too. I like mixing chocolate chips in with my honey-nana for dessert... sooooo good :)

Peggy said...

The dressing sounds really good! I've tried the Honey Nana Chobani and I LOVE it!

Simply Life said...

oh I love their yogurt!

Lisa said...

I'm ALL OVER that vinaigrette! That sounds amazing.
Well, everything looks good, but that's really making my mouth water :)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

I love Chobani too and just recently tried the Black Cherry flavor too, I loved it. My fave way to eat yogurt is with fresh fruits and crunch granola :)

I once bought basil flavored olive oil at the Pike Place Market in Seattle and I loved it. I made that bottle last for as long as I can.

Your dressing sounds yummy. I've never made my own before.

Annie said...

i am hearing a lot about these chobani kids! i must get it now!

Adelita said...

Have you tried the Chobani Pomagranate? My favorite!!

teresa said...

mmm, homemade vinaigrettes are so good! this one sounds delish! i love the salad just as much, happy sunday!

Keelie Sheridan said...

I LOOOOVVE greek yogurt! YUM!

And the vinaigrette sounds AWESOME.

Emily said...

Thanks for the review! Glad you guys have found favorites. :)


Emily, Chobani

Jennifer said...

I'm a chobani fiend! So fun that you got to test of the new flavors for free! =)

I have GOT to try this dressing! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Anonymous said...

I love Chobani too much, just recently tried the black cherry flavor, I like it. My favorite way to eat yogurt with fresh fruit and oats are tight. Dressing sounds great! I've tried honey Nana Chobani, I love it!

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