I highly recommend growing lemon balm in a container otherwise it can quickly grow out of control and over run your garden. Case in point:
Lemon balm makes a great insect repellent. It also makes a very tasty tea. This was fine until I realized I have more than enough lemon balm to make pitchers of tea for everyone in my neighborhood. I began to brainstorm other ideas to use at least of portion of my lemon balm jungle.
Homemade salad dressings are simple and clean. I also have oregano and garlic growing in my garden so I combined them with the lemon balm and few other ingredients to create this refreshing vinaigrette.
Serve it over vegetables, pour it on a salad, or marinate a chicken before popping it on the grill. I combined all of the ingredients in a jar with a lid and simply shook it to combine everything. As with all vinaigrettes, you may see some separation. Just give the jar another shake and the dressing is good to go!
P.S. I am trying out a short code for formatting the recipes, let me know if you like it!
Lemon Balm Vinaigrette
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped or dried lemon balm
- 1 clove fresh minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Combine all and shake well.
Note: This can be stored in the refrigerator up to one week.