Pesto Dipping Oil Recipe
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Pesto Dipping Oil Recipe

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This is absolutely my favorite and easiest appetizer for entertaining. It is simply delicious with its combination of balsamic vineger, pesto and Parmesan cheese. Use it to marinate cubes of cheese and mushrooms for another simple appetizer.—Alice Schucard, Carlsbad, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 French bread baguette (1 pound), thinly sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 208 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, pesto, salt and pepper. Pour into a shallow serving bowl; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with bread. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Pesto Dipping Oil in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p18

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Naomie User ID: 9114200 264208
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

"I am in love! Awesome appetizer! Thanks Alice!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 245499
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"I'm a big fan of dipping bread in seasoned oil. This was a great variation, will definitely make again."

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