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I need a new salad dressing option!

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

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      1. 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

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

          1. re: mariacarmen

            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.

            1. re: mariacarmen

              Beautiful, the pomengranate took me for a spin.

            2. 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

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

                1. re: pegathaismyname

                  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. 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.


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

                          1. 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. 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.

                              1. 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.