Definitely give this one a try - the Balsamic Vinaigrette is so good that I tripled the recipe and kept the extra to top later salads!! I agree that you should keep the vinaigrette on the side so that people can dress their salads to taste. If fresh basil leaves are not available, basil paste is a perfectly fine alternative. I also crushed the almonds and roasted them over the stove top with a tablespoon of agave to give the salad a nice toasted flavor.
This was really good! I liked that the dressing was flavorful without a lot of oil. I added some feta and cucumber and served it with fresh bread. It was gobbled up!
Made as exactly stated, Everything was delicious, but the dressing was a little stronger than we liked. Next time, we will keep the dressing separate and let everyone put on their own.