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Nov 25, 2013 06:24 PM

Salad dressing help

I am bringing a salad for Thanksgiving and need some salad dressing ideas. The salad is: arugala, roasted cubes of celeriac, celery and lots of fennel on the mandoline, roasted pumpkin seeds, diced dried figs, and pomegranate seeds and fennel fronds as the garnishes.

I want something that is light and bright and complimentary but not competing with the ingredients. I'm not sure if lemon would be weird, and it can't include dairy or raw eggs. I have a nice basalmic but don't really want a brown dressing staining the light colored salad....
Any ideas???

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  1. Lemon, olive oil, and one mashed up anchovy fillet

    1. Use white balsamic and Dijon mustard with evoo, s&p.
      A maple mustard vinaigrette.
      I've been making a maple miso vinaigrette and using it for salads as well as roasting root veggies.

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      1. re: monavano

        I like the miso idea and i have some on hand too- not sure i want it too sweet, what else do you add to make it?

        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Miso paste (white, lower sodium)
          Maple syrup
          Cider vinegar
          White balsamic vinegar
          A touch of brown sugar
          s+p, well, really just pepper when using miso

          Balance to taste.

          1. re: monavano

            Just made a test batch of this- its amazing!! I just used the white basalmic- picked some up today, no apple cider, but its a great combo :)

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Super! I think the white balsamic is the tip.

        2. re: monavano

          I second the maple. Maybe very simple with olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar and olive oil.

        3. If you can find white balsamic vinegar, you can make a nice dressing out of it. To that, add lemon, which is the first thing I thought of after reading your ingredients. Or you can use white wine vinegar & lemon (add a pinch of sugar to balance out the acidity)

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            The vinegar and lemon combo is a great idea! Would olive oil be weird with the salad ingredients? I have some grapeseed oil and rice bran oil on hand as well....

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              I make mine with lemon juice, honey and evoo. S+P to taste.

            2. re: Cherylptw

              TJ's has a decent and reasonably priced white balsamic.

              1. re: autumm

                Thanks! That's actually what i picked up today- love their prices, the white basalmic at the market in my neighborhood was $15!

                1. re: autumm

                  Thanks for the TJ's white balsamic rec. I've been checking out the shelves at Home Goods, where I bought my present bottle, but haven't seen it in a while.
                  Got a TJ's near, so I'll know where to go to reload.

              2. Lemon, olive oil, crushed garlic, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, salt and pepper. One of my favorite dressings.

                1. Champagne vinegar, salt, sugar, and a squeeze of lime. Done.

                  You've got so much going on (all of it good, btw) that your dressing should not only be non-intrusive color-wise, but non-intrusive palate-wise.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Lime? Hmmm.... Hadn't crossed my mind!