Garlic and herb dressing


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About this recipe: Pasta is superb with a simple dressing of garlic, herbs and good olive oil. The secret is to warm the garlic with bay leaves in the oil, to mellow the garlic flavour slightly. Then the dressing should be left to stand for 30 minutes, or longer if possible, so that the flavour of the garlic can infuse the oil.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 4 

  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon, sage, marjoram or dill, or a mixture of fresh herbs

Prep:40min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Crease the bay leaves in half and place them in a small saucepan with the garlic. Add about 1 tbsp olive oil and heat gently for 2 minutes or until the oil just begins to sizzle around the garlic. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in the lemon zest, then pour in the remaining oil. Set aside to infuse for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaves and add the chopped herbs. Toss the dressing into hot pasta and serve.

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