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Salad dressing help

Ttrockwood Nov 25, 2013 06:24 PM

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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    DowntownJosie Nov 26, 2013 06:54 AM

    I love pomegranate molasses salad dressing. Bobby flay's is very good.
    I think I would add some cheese to the salad, goat, feta or Parmesan.

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    1. re: DowntownJosie
      Ttrockwood Nov 26, 2013 03:51 PM

      I would love to add cheese, but its a dealbreaker for the lactose intolerant and kosher attendees.... The dressing sounds delicious, i'll make it for myself after i pick up some pomegranate molasses....

    2. Scoutmaster Nov 25, 2013 08:18 PM

      Perhaps a raspberry vinaigrette ~
      Blend in blender
      1/2 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries, thawed
      1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
      2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
      1 tablespoon honey

      season w/ s&p

      1. ipsedixit Nov 25, 2013 08:01 PM

        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
          magiesmom Nov 26, 2013 05:39 AM

          I agree

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Ttrockwood Nov 26, 2013 03:49 PM

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

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            Springhaze2 Nov 25, 2013 07:53 PM

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

            1. Cherylptw Nov 25, 2013 06:29 PM

              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
                Ttrockwood Nov 25, 2013 07:45 PM

                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
                  monavano Nov 25, 2013 07:47 PM

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

                2. re: Cherylptw
                  autumm Nov 25, 2013 08:07 PM

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

                  1. re: autumm
                    Ttrockwood Nov 26, 2013 03:48 PM

                    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
                      monavano Nov 26, 2013 04:50 PM

                      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. monavano Nov 25, 2013 06:27 PM

                    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
                      Ttrockwood Nov 25, 2013 07:42 PM

                      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
                        monavano Nov 25, 2013 07:45 PM

                        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
                          Ttrockwood Nov 26, 2013 03:47 PM

                          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
                            monavano Nov 26, 2013 04:49 PM

                            Super! I think the white balsamic is the tip.

                      2. re: monavano
                        bltsbaby Nov 25, 2013 07:45 PM

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

                      3. Gastronomos Nov 25, 2013 06:27 PM

                        Lemon, olive oil, and one mashed up anchovy fillet

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