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foodworthy May 5, 2011 04:52 PM

My salad dressing of choice couldn't be less uninspired: balsamic vinegar. Does anyone have a favorite recipe?

  1. mariacarmen May 7, 2011 07:23 PM

    Tonight for a cabbage salad in a latin-ish meal, i made a fresh lemon juice and Tapatio dressing. salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil - that's it! Tangy and a little bit of bite.

    1. EWSflash May 6, 2011 12:33 PM

      I go for real easy these days- pumpkin seed oil and something lemony or vinegary- I've used lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, and a few others- and saltg and pepper.

      Walnut oil is really good, too.

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        Dan G May 6, 2011 12:26 PM

        My recent favorite is a big spoonfull of miso, juice from 2 oranges, zest of one orange, some finely chopped fresh ginger shallots, some sesame seeds and a glop of sesame oil. Stir well until miso is broken down into the liquid, give it an hour or so to meld.

        Other than that, I frequently use the pickling brine from pickled beets instead of balsamic - works especially well on spinach I think.

        1. Caitlin McGrath May 6, 2011 12:05 PM

          A very simple one that has great flavor is equal parts olive oil, orange juice, and aged sherry vinegar.

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            cocktailhour May 6, 2011 10:27 AM

            blue cheese--mash blue cheese with buttmilk, mix in a little mayo, oil, salt, pepper, garlic.

            make a vinaigrette with both balsamic and sherry vinegars, both walnut oil and olive oil, one minced garlic or minced shallot, dab of mustard.

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            1. re: cocktailhour
              monopod May 6, 2011 12:20 PM

              Mmmm... buttmilk...

              1. re: monopod
                EWSflash May 6, 2011 12:25 PM

                LOL, monopod!

            2. k
              katecm May 6, 2011 10:20 AM

              Mix honey and mustard (usually roughly equal parts, but taste to see how you like it), then thin with a bit of red wine vinegar or cider vinegar. Whisk in just a bit of olive oil to smooth it out. Goes with everything. Also, I use fat free yogurt to make a great, tart caesar dressing. If you don't love yogurt flavor, break it with some mayo. Otherwise, smoosh in some anchovies, lemon juice, worcestershire, salt and pepper. Grate in some parm and garlic. Stir up and add more of each ingredient to taste (sometimes I make lemony, sometimes I go heavy on the garlic).

              Both of these can be made in larger quantities and stored, but the caesar will become more garlicky.

              1. shrimp13 May 6, 2011 08:15 AM

                Lorne Green's Dressing is what I use - half white wine vinegar and half olive oil, salt, italian seasoning, dried tarragon, ground mustard, a garlic-pressed garlic clove in a jar and shake! I love it and it's a little lighter than that traditional oil/vinegar ratio.

                1. Antilope May 5, 2011 10:29 PM

                  A Mandarin Chicken Salad with a "Peanut" flavored dressing that contains no peanut products.


                  Mandarin "Peanut" Dressing:
                  1 cup mayonnaise
                  1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
                  1 1/2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
                  3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
                  2 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
                  1 teaspoon soy sauce

                  Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Makes 1 1/2 cups.


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                    pegathaismyname May 5, 2011 09:06 PM

                    Have you thought about thinning out hummus with some lemon juice and/or oil? I've never used a recipe for it, just sort of scooped a blob of hummus into a bowl and added enough liquid to make it pourable. It's really good! I also like to use toppings like cottage cheese, guacamole, or salsa that make their own dressing around the salad, depending on the contents of the salad.

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                    1. re: pegathaismyname
                      mariacarmen May 5, 2011 09:09 PM

                      that hummus idea sounds great. and yeah, I've used salsa as dressing too.

                      1. re: pegathaismyname
                        anakalia May 5, 2011 09:55 PM

                        That's a really good idea. I've never thought of hummus, but I have before thinned out pesto to make a dressing for a type of Caprese salad.

                      2. mariacarmen May 5, 2011 07:34 PM

                        simple vinaigrette: minced shallots, dijon, fresh lemon juice, s&p, olive oil.
                        add a splash of pomegranate syrup to that for another taste.
                        rice wine vinegar, sesame oil (just a couple drops) s&p, splash of sriracha, oil

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                        1. re: mariacarmen
                          foodworthy May 5, 2011 07:43 PM

                          I was just thinking about a sriracha vinaigrette. How funny! Thanks to all.

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                            mscoffee1 May 6, 2011 04:15 AM

                            or vinaigrette with heavy cream instead or for part of olive oil; add GARLIC for me and parsley and can be other herbs; add blue cheese, feta, or parmesan; add avocado and/or tomato.

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                              oana May 6, 2011 07:18 AM

                              Beautiful, the pomengranate took me for a spin.

                            2. j
                              Jibe May 5, 2011 06:50 PM

                              Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing


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                                Val May 5, 2011 06:07 PM

                                I nominate Epicurous' Miso Vinaigrette:

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