Bready or Not: Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette with Spaghetti Squash

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, lemon, main dish, side dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette with Spaghetti Squash

It’s getting hot (ugh) but that also means it’s time for light, fresh salads and pasta dishes. Today that means two recipes: lemon-basil vinaigrette and an easy technique to make spaghetti squash in the microwave.

Lemon-Basil Dressing

Last summer I planted some basil. The basil apparently really liked the Arizona heat, and it grew huge and I had to keep making pesto and figure out other recipes to utilize it.


This quick dressing became a favorite because it made a reasonably-sized amount and was great with both spaghetti squash and salads. This would be great tossed with any pasta, too.

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The pictures I have here show that I used it to make a modified caprese salad. I heated up my squash, mixed in the vinaigrette, heated it some more, and then topped it with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. All kinds of mix-ins would be great with this dressing.

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If you don’t have fresh basil handy, I bet this would be great with some jarred pesto, too.

Vinaigrette modified from My Recipes.

Bready or Not: Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

A perfect summer vinaigrette to use on pasta, spaghetti squash, salads, or most anything else.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: dressing, gluten free, lemon
Author: Beth Cato


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove minced


  • Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and pulse a few seconds, until blended. Store in the fridge and use on pasta, spaghetti squash, sandwiches, or salads.


Bready or Not: Easy Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Quickly and safely cook spaghetti squash in the microwave.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: vegetable
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 - 3 lb spaghetti squash


  • Wash and dry the squash. Very carefully stab with a knife to penetrate the surface every few inches.
  • Place the squash on a microwave safe plate and cook in microwave on normal heat for 7-9 minutes, depending on size. Remove from microwave--the plate will be hot--and set on counter to cool at least twenty minutes.
  • Use a large knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Be cautious of escaping steam. Let the opened squash sit out a while more to cool.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds, then use a fork to shred the squash itself. Store in fridge up to five days. Use in various dishes as a pasta substitute and heat up the squash in the oven or microwave.


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