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What is your favorite salad dressing recipie?

Asked by avvooooooo (8830 points ) November 29th, 2009

I’m trying to eat more salad again and easily get bored with salad dressings. Do you have a favorite dressing to make? I would ask about ones you can buy, but odds are that my local groceries wouldn’t have them.

The only two I don’t like are bleu cheese (too strong) and Thousand Island (just yucky).

Any suggestions?

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IMARI_YUGO's avatar

green salad, tomatoes.onions, avocados and lemon juice

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Any ranch derivative is my fave.

jaytkay's avatar

The basic vinaigrette has infinite deriviates. One part vinegar to three parts oil.

Simply remember 1 Vinegar – 3 Oil. Any acidic food (like lemon juice or wine) can be substituted for vinegar.

Add whatever sounds tasty. Salt, pepper, mustard, garlic, oregano, basil, cilantro – those are things I have on the shelf right now.

This is the easiest way to play “genius chef” at a friend’s house. Given acid and oil, you can whip up a delicious salad dressing.

laureth's avatar

Honey-mustard is pretty good too. Mix honey, and mustard. :) Perhaps a little mayo in there if it needs a better texture, or thin it down with some water or cider.

mrentropy's avatar

My dad used to make a “French” dressing with ketchup and mayo. Possibly some other stuff, but after I saw him make it the first time I never had the courage to ask what the rest of it was.

DancingMind's avatar

don’t remember the proportions, but it had lemon juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, and pepper… maybe some honey, not sure… I think that’s it! I really liked it!

Darwin's avatar

I was going to say blue cheese dressing, but then I saw your list of don’t likes.

I like a simple vinaigrette, such as 1 part red wine vinegar, 3 parts good olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

I also like a balsamic vinaigrette. Paul Newman’s line has a decent bottled balsamic vinaigrette, but it is best, of course, when you make it yourself basically by substituting balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar.

You get a nice “curry” effect if you add a touch of Maggi to your regular red wine vinaigrette, and you can experiment with different vinegars, flavored vinegars, lemon juice, or even sour orange juice, and you can add herbs or mustards or finely grated or shredded cheese to it for a different taste.

On a different tangent, I also like dressings with a base of plain yogurt. You can make a type of “Green Goddess” dressing by putting avocado, yogurt and mayonnaise in a blender. You can make a great garlic dressing with a blend of yogurt, mayo, and garlic that has gone through a garlic press. You can also make a dressing with lemon juice, mayo, and a touch of water to lessen the strength of the lemon juice.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Fresh squeezed lemon juice with a dab of sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper stirred in.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@avvooooooo: If I squeeze a whole lemon into a bowl then ½ teaspoon of sesame oil goes in which is about 3 or 4 drops or shakes depending. I also like to give a pea sized dollop of Sriracha (Rooster) sauce to spice it up.

rooeytoo's avatar

I always made my own vinaigrette but I have lately been getting lazy and buying Paul Newmans Light Balsamic Vinaigrette.

But if you make your own, I use olive oil and red wine or balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic salt, parsley flakes and I like a dash of soy and a hit of chili flakes for a little extra kick!

avvooooooo's avatar

I made hot bacon dressing last night with bacon, some of the fat, apple cider vinegar, water, a little salt, and sugar. It was awesome. :)

But its not something you can make every day. Thanks for the suggestions!

dpworkin's avatar

I like ⅓ “balsamic” vinegar, ⅓ fresh orange juice and ⅓ good olive oil shaken well until it emulsifies. It’s particularly good if you crumble some bleu cheese, some toasted pecans and some chopped pear into the salad.

sarahsugs's avatar

Avocado Dressing (YUM):

one ripe avocado
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup cilantro leaves
salt to taste

Put all ingredients in food processor or blender. If dressing is too thick, add a tablespoon of water. Amounts of vinegar and cilantro can vary to taste and according to the size of your avocado. This dressing is DELICIOUS! Be sure not to scrimp on the salt!

skfinkel's avatar

Add a little dijon mustard to oil and vinegar.

evegrimm's avatar

I like creamy Italian dressing and regular Italian dressing (Good Seasons packet made in a cruet).

Also good is Kroger’s Garlic Ranch. OMG.

avvooooooo's avatar

No Kroger here. I miss Kroger. :(

evegrimm's avatar

@avvooooooo, aww. I’m sorry. Did I bring up bad memories? :P

avvooooooo's avatar

@evegrimm No, Kroger memories are good. Remembering how little we have here in the way of grocery stores is bad. :P

Lua_cara's avatar

I love this one. I’m sure you will too.

1 pt Yogurt
1 pn White pepper
2 tb Chopped scallions
1 ts White vinegar
¼ c Chopped fresh dill
1 tb Fresh horseradish

Combine all ingredients; cover and chill.

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