What makes or breaks a salad is the dressing. Although it does not easily grab our attention, these so-called silent ingredients play a very crucial role in determining the outcome of a salad.
Tossed with the wrong dressing and the freshest ingredients lose their taste. Salad dressings are like icings on a cake so to speak. They give that final touch, the magic that makes salads come alive.
Listed below are some salad dressing recipes that one can choose from to come up with that special salad one might have in mind.
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple juice
3 whole fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1.Combine parsley, vinegar, olive oil, apple juice, basil, honey, salt, dry mustard and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
BASIC ITALIAN SALAD DRESSING
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Pinch of dried oregano
1.Combine all ingredients in small bowl and whisk to blend. Salt and pepper.
Basic Italian Dressing
Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
CITRUS POPPY SEED SALAD DRESSING
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons half & half
1 teaspoon poppy seed
1 teaspoon grated lime
1.Whisk together all dressing ingredients in small bowl. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour.
RANCH SALAD DRESSING
1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley, crushed
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1.Combine all ingredients in the blender and process on high speed until well blended and powdery smooth.
To use: Combine 1 tablespoon dry mix with 1 cup milk and 1 cup mayonnaise. Mix well.
LOW-FAT BACON MUSTARD SALAD DRESSING
1/4 slice bacon, finely chopped
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 cup nonfat sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 green onion, chopped white, part only
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
1 teaspoon firmly packed brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1.In a small skillet cook bacon over medium heat, stirring, until crisp; remove skillet from heat.
2.Add orange juice to skillet and scrape up brown bits
3.In a blender, puree bacon mixture with the remaining ingredients until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.