Help: Need salad dressing without any vinegar
I am hosting new friends for dinner, and one of them has a vinegar allergy. I'm interested in serving salad, and would like to make a dressing that my friend can eat. Obviously a dressing with lemon juice is a good start, but I need some help refining this idea. I thought about a mustard based dressing, but of course prepared mustard is usually made with vinegar, so that's out.
I've also thought about a creamy, yogurt-based dressing. Maybe a twist on a green goddess dressing -- but can this be made without white vinegar?
Other allergy restrictions in the party: mangoes, almonds, oranges, cream, sour cream (but yogurt is ok).
Thanks for your advice!
Wow some great ideas came from here thank you.
My boyfriend is also allergic. Besides this dressing alternative, I am looking for a Condiment alternative as well so he can enjoy all of the summer picnic salads, burgers and such. Currently he uses a cucumber just to moisten his burgers. I would like to give him other options. Can anyone help with that?
Olive Oil or a mix of Canola and Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Fresh Parsley, Garlic, Sumac, lightly fried Pita (broken up as chips) Romaine, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Red Onion (soaked in cold water), little pieces of cauliflower, lots of fresh ground pepper and salt to taste. You can add mint if you wish. (If making for people that are not allergic to vinegar add a splash of red wine vinegar)
Thanks everyone. I ended up with a nice dressing, cobbled together from various suggestions here as well as a base recipe for green goddess dressing that I adapted to the allergy needs.
Here's the final recipe:
1 c. non-fat greek yogurt
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 anchovy fillets (or equivalent anchovy paste)
3 tbsp snipped chives
1-2 scallions, chopped
4-6 leaves basil, torn into small pieces
2-3 tbsp fresh tarragon leaves, torn into pieces
2-3 tbsp parsley leaves, torn into pieces
2 tbsp fresh dill leaves, torn into pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
a few tsp of grated romano cheese
salt & pepper
Combine all ingredients in food processor, blender, or in a wide jar for use with immersion blender. Blend until combined into a smooth, bright green, creamy dressing flecked with herbs.
It was a hit -- probably the best dressing I've ever made. And pretty lo-cal. This one goes in the recipe file for me.
(And for those who are interested, it turns out that the vinegar allergy is because of the yeast; there's also minor nightshade allergies for the same family. Bummer.)
PS: I like the mustard powder idea. I'm totally gonna use that in the future if I host these guys again.
Lemon juice is definitely the way to go. I've been making a lemon garlic vinaigrette for years that is so simple and so delicious. Nice bright flavors:
For 1/2 cup of dressing:
6 TBS EVOO
2 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 garlic clove
freshly ground black pepper
Chop the garlic very fine and mix together with the salt. Whisk in the lemon juice and olive oil. Add the black pepper to taste.
One of my favorite salad dressings is a Thai/Viet sort of thing with fish sauce and lime juice as the base. I go with fish sauce, lime juice, some chopped hot peppers, sugar or honey, and cilantro. Maybe a little garlic and/or ginger, or even lemongrass.
It's great over a herby/peppery salad with stuff like cilantro, mint, arugula, (thai) basil and so on..
I think lemon juice is the way to go--how about caesar salad? Also I make a dressing with orange or apricot jam, orange juice, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes & olive oil. Since you said oranges are out--you could sub tangerine juice maybe. If you do it in the blender & drizzle in the OO it emulsifies nicely.
Last week I was craving pesto, so got a prepared pesto and thinned it with fresh lemon juice for a really nice salad with greens, chickpeas, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and hearts of palm. It was delightful. That should work for the allergy and not make you feel like anyone is missing anything.
Personally, a dressing that I love (but that may not work with the menu) is a lemon-tahini salad dressing. Just make sure the tahini isn't potentially cross-contaminated with almonds. Here's a good start with the proportions:
(you can add in a little yogurt if you want for a different sort of creaminess/tanginess....)
I think a creamy dressing is the way to go. Something that I make from time to time is a creamy French/Russian dressing with mayo, ketchup, relish and paprika. It's retro and reminds me of what my mom used to make.
Of course you can do a nice blue or gorgonzola with yogurt, mayo, lemon and crumbled cheese. Throw in a dash of hot sauce.
Iceberg wedges would work nicely with these creamy, clingy dressings.