Copycat Recipe – Carrabba’s Basil Dipping Sauce

Carrabba’s basil dipping sauce is rich, buttery, and packed with fresh basil and garlic; the best sauce for dipping bread into! This copycat recipe recreates the delicious flavor at home.
Copycat Carabbara's Basil Garlic Dip

A perfect accompaniment to any Italian dinner, this basil garlic dip is a must make! Here’s my delicious copycat recipe for one of my favorite appetizers from Carrabba’s Italian grill. 

fresh basil, garlic, sea salt, and red pepper flakes to make Carrabba's basil garlic dipping sauce

Carrabba's basil dipping sauce is packed with olive oil, fresh basil, and garlic; the best sauce for bread! This copycat recipe lets you make it at home!

Serve this copycat of Carrabba’s basil dipping sauce as part of an Italian dinner at home. It will be the perfect appetizer alongside Italian Stuffed Artichokes!


Copycat Recipe - Carrabba's Basil Garlic Dip
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  2. 3 large fresh garlic cloves minced
  3. 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1/4 cup olive oil
  7. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (optional)
  8. 1 loaf italian bread for serving
  1. Using a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon, blend ingredients into a past
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of mixture to serving bowl, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. Optional: serve with a few drops of balsamic vinegar
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    • Hi Ann! I’m so happy to see you here today! I’m so used to eating the dip with bread I never stopped to think about how yummy it would be with grilled fish! A little squeeze of lemon to top it off, that would be a delightful dinner. xoxo