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Old 10-30-2018, 02:19 PM
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Help me up my salad dressing game

I like to make salad dressings (not a fan of store-bought dressings). I do a great Caesar dressing, a good Asian sesame-ginger dressing, and a solid balsamic vinaigrette. What are some other simple salad dressings one can make at home with readily available ingredients?
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:26 PM
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As a kid, my mother would mix a glop of mayo with a splurt of ketchup. Thousand Island!

A good quickie dressing is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a nice coarse mustard. Seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, garlic).
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For a nicoise salad I make this one:

1/4 C lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 shallot, minced
2 tsp each chopped oregano, basil, thyme
1/2 tsp salt
a small grind of black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

It's supposed to have dijon mustard in it as well but I dislike both mustard and mayo so I skip it.
My wife loves it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:04 PM
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Here's something that I stumbled on that's fantastic as a salad dressing:

A couple of tablespoons of TOASTED walnut oil
A couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

That's all.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:29 PM
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A very nice creamy salad dressing is based on about a 3:1 mix of plain yogurt and mayonnaise, thinned with lemon juice. Pep it up with minced garlic, cumin, herbs, whatever you like.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:57 PM
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Some years ago, I had a quick lunch at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, ordered a salad that came with their own dressing. It was spectacular!

I badgered the kitchen staff for the dressing recipe. They shared the ingredients but not the proportions. I reverse-engineered a few times and came up with a good approximation. It's a little work (not much) and very worth it!

1/2 cup of basil leaves, bruised
1/4 cup olive oil
1 TB honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Steep olive oil in bruised basil leaves overnight. Remove basil. Add remaining ingredients and emulsify with a whisk. Will keep refrigerated for awhile.

It's especially nice in a salad made with tender greens such as Butter lettuce.
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I agree with the lemon-juice-and-olive-oil base, with herbs and such added in. This is my basic dressing for summer salads. It's really good on a fresh tomato/onion/lettuce salad.

I've also done a Greek salad thing, with feta, lemon juice, yogurt, olive oil, oregano, salt, black pepper, and such, whirled in a blender and poured over romaine/tomato/olive/red onions. It's not exactly Authentic Athenian Cuisine, but it's pretty tasty.
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone!
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:14 AM
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Here's a dumbed down one:

2 parts catalina dressing, 1 part red wine vinegar.

I only submit this one for the amateurs to get their feet wet.
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This one I made up because I was trying to capture the taste of a salad dressing I had at a Korean buffet.

Spicy Sesame dressing

1/4 cup oil
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
A good dollop of Sambal Oelek (a fiery chili-garlic sauce) or garlic Srirach

Whisk it all up. It's meant to be a bit salty, but you can cut back on the soy sauce if you like. There's no vinegar or other acid in this. It's terrific if you're serving an Asian meal and the other meal components are sweet and you don't want to repeat the sweetness in the salad.
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If you want to get all fancy, Green Goddess is a helluva dressing. Takes a bit of effort to make it, though.

I ain’t typing out a recipe, just google it.
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Here's a dumbed down one:

2 parts catalina dressing, 1 part red wine vinegar.

I only submit this one for the amateurs to get their feet wet.
How do I clean my feet afterwards? And... Socks, or no socks?
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This is not a healthy or low fat recipe but it is darn good. My dad got this from a guy he knew in the Air Force who used to be the chef for LBJ and said this was the dressing he made for him. I don't have the exact measurements but I'll try to estimate (just make it to the consistency you want).

Mayo - roughly a cup
The "dregs" from a bottle of Italian dressing (if you don't have a mostly empty bottle you can use a package of Good Seasons)
Blue Cheese crumbles (to taste)
Buttermilk - as much as you need to get it to the consistency you want

Simple, but tasty. It really is best using the dregs from a bottle. My dad would always get excited when we had a bottle of Italian that was almost empty because that was his cue to make blue cheese dressing.
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Maple syrup can make a wonderful dressing ingredient. We start with spinach leaves, topped with feta cheese, pine nuts, and pomegranate pips. Then add our fave dressing:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Blend together and pour over the salad
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I used to marinate a crushed garlic clove in olive oil for a few days and then strain the garlic out, I tend to let salad dressings sit far too long in the refrigerator - then add vinegar, parmesan, salt and pepper, onion powder, and oregano. And a bit of sugar, just enough to take the edge off the sour. Now I just buy a bottle of garlic infused olive oil, there is a local shop here that sells nothing but flavored oil and vinegars.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:49 PM
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I love my dressing:

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of raw honey
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon of fresh garlic (not powder)
salt and pepper to taste
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:51 PM
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I like to put a small avocado in the Ninja along with a dollop of mayo or sour cream, lime juice, garlic, cumin, onion, and jalapenos and whirl it around.

A fire roasted red pepper, some walnuts or cashews, and balsamic vinegar make a good dressing in the Ninja, too. Add some sriracha if you like spicy or just want to be trendy.

Get anchovy paste to make green goddess. There are some recipes that just call for tarragon and spring onion, but you really need the fish.
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BeeGee,that sounds wonderful!
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:29 PM
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I used to marinate a crushed garlic clove in olive oil for a few days and then strain the garlic out
That can cause botulism, unfortunately.
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Old 11-02-2018, 09:45 PM
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This remoulade from Emeril is great as a salad dressing once you thin it out a bit.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...-sauce-3645570
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For a nicoise salad I make this one:

1/4 C lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 shallot, minced
2 tsp each chopped oregano, basil, thyme
1/2 tsp salt
a small grind of black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

It's supposed to have dijon mustard in it as well but I dislike both mustard and mayo so I skip it.
My wife loves it.
I tried this one (plus dijon mustard, which I like) and it was very good -- thanks! I also added some minced anchovies and, since it was a tad too sour for me, a drop of honey.
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I'm fond of this vinaigrette, which is apocryphally Bob Cobb's original dressing for Cobb salad;

* 3/4 cups vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
* 1/4 cup water
* 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
* 2 tsp. salt
* 1 tsp. lemon juice
* 3/4 tsp. black pepper
* 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
* 1/4 tsp. Colman's mustard powder
* 1/4 tsp. sugar
* 1 clove minced garlic

Combine the dry ingredients, then whisk in the oils, water, lemon juice, and vinegar.

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That can cause botulism, unfortunately.
What, the garlic in the oil? I did strain it out, it should be safe. Shouldn't it?

(I remember seeing expensive bottles of oil or vinegar sold for gifts, with whole cloves of garlic in them. I don't think I see those any more.)
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What, the garlic in the oil? I did strain it out, it should be safe. Shouldn't it?

(I remember seeing expensive bottles of oil or vinegar sold for gifts, with whole cloves of garlic in them. I don't think I see those any more.)
Unfortunately the botulism spores will infect the oil. Vinegar is acidic enough to prevent this.
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What, the garlic in the oil? I did strain it out, it should be safe. Shouldn't it?

(I remember seeing expensive bottles of oil or vinegar sold for gifts, with whole cloves of garlic in them. I don't think I see those any more.)
Either Vinegar, or sufficiently heated and sealed oil will kill it, but raw garlic in room or fridge temp oil is where the problem can come.
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Bumping this because I started mixing in sour cream to some of my dressings, especially my caesar and my balsamic. Adds a very nice creaminess and tanginess. Any other ideas for sour cream salad dressings?
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Any other ideas for sour cream salad dressings?
That sounds like a good base for a blue cheese dressing. Maybe a creamy peanut or tahini?
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