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Salad Dressing: Home Cooking Dish of the Month for July 2014

Salad Dressing narrowly won dish of the month!
You can read the voting thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980587
And the nomination thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979769
You can also view all of the prior Dishes of the Month, and contribute to them at any time, here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929718

This month we'll be making salad dressings, and the field is wide open: savory, sweet, spicy, cheesy, whatever you like! Get out your old family favorites, try a new recipe, or just invent something. Photographs are always welcome, and if your container of dressing doesn't seem picturesque, please share a photo of the salad upon which it was served!

If you haven't played along with us before, please jump right in, share a dressing or ask a question. Everyone is welcome.

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  1. jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade about 12 hours ago

    what is definition of salad dressing?
    http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-salad...
    jpr54_1 RE: L.Nightshade about 12 hours ag

    and

    http://www.ask.com/question/differenc...

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      Are you asking or sharing definitions? What is your definition of salad dressing?

      For the purpose of this thread, I think any liquid, or semi-liquid, that you put on a salad and call a dressing, will be a salad dressing! (But if someone's favorite dressing gets shaken onto a salad in powder or chunk form, I'm not going to object!)

      1. re: L.Nightshade

        I am asking-just clarification
        In UK I believe there is also difference btw salad dressing and salad cream.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/foo...

        1. re: jpr54_1

          I have never seen salad cream in the U.S., but it would be classified as a "salad dressing" here.

          1. re: pikawicca

            I have seen it here in USA in Northern NJ and in Florida

          2. re: jpr54_1

            what is the difference? Does salad cream always have mayo?

            1. re: Madrid

              this is definition
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salad_cream

              ppl living in UK,Ireland,Scotland, Wales, NZ, Australia please comment

              1. re: jpr54_1

                I'm from NZ and until now I had never heard of salad cream.

              2. re: Madrid

                Salad cream tastes like Miracle Whip.

                1. re: Njchicaa

                  Yes, see my comment right below yours :-D

              3. re: jpr54_1

                AFAIK, your salad cream is the US's miracle whip. Not getting anywhere near my salad, thankyouverymuch.

              4. re: L.Nightshade

                I just want to help to make the topic more interesting and informative

            2. I'll begin very simply here. Sometimes when we have some nice baby greens and it's a weeknight, we'll just throw them into a bowl, then squeeze a fresh lemon over them, drizzle over some olive oil, then finish with salt and freshly ground pepper and top with walnuts.

              It's quick, it's easy, and it's lovely. It dresses the naked salad, but it's not exactly salad dressing - !

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              1. re: sandylc

                Along these lines, i.e., not a big concoction, but sometimes I like just white balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper on a salad. It's a little sweet, a little tangy, and has an interesting flavor. You can add olive oil, but it doesn't seem necessary, and I usually don't.

                1. re: juster

                  Conversely, Sometimes I dress fresh from the garden green leafy salad leaves with EVOO, Kosher salt, and fresh ground Tellicherry pepper.

              2. My absolute favorite fruit salad dressing, juice of three limes and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

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                1. re: rasputina

                  I'm curious to know how you use coconut oil in a dressing. The coconut oils I get are solid at room temperature!

                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                    Maybe I live in a warmer climate? I don't know, mine only goes solid in winter, right now my coconut oil is like water. Coconut oil melts at mid 70s air temp. So even running hot water over the jar melts it very quickly.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      Hydrogenated coconut oil melts at 36-40 C, virgin coconut oil at ~24 C.

                      So at a standard North American room temperature, they'd both be solid, but the pure oil would be close to melting temperature. Where I'm sitting right now, they'd both be liquid.

                      1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                        Funny, it must be a fine line! Mine is virgin, the label says it melts at 76º. It's about 76º (24-25C) in my kitchen right now, and it's completely solid. Of course if I touch it, it melts. I love the idea of coconut oil in a salad, but I'm not going to wish for my kitchen to get any hotter!

                2. For lunch today, I had homemade vegetable soup with frankfurters plus a salad made with watercress,cucumber, mini peppers, roma tomato,basil and spring onion.
                  The dressing included balsamic vinegar,garlic powder, s/p and evoo. I didn't measure anything.
                  The evoo was a gift from my son from Fairway when he visited me in Florida
                  unfiltered evoo gata-hurdes extremadura
                  the fresh market balsamic vinegar of modena

                  What are your favorite evoo, and balsamic vinegars?
                  do they make a difference?

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                  1. re: jpr54_1

                    I really like a pear balsamic and a fig balsamic.

                    1. re: jpr54_1

                      I've buy that Fairway oil, it's great. In general, I look for unfiltered, new, green oils. you get a fruity, olive-tasting oil that really enhances a salad.

                      1. re: jpr54_1

                        I was at balsamic vinegar and olive oil tasting bar a few days ago - such a treat! Amazed myself by loving pineapple balsamic and can't wait to make dressing with it. I used to love fig balsamic but this is better.

                        1. re: herby

                          There is a fabulous oil and balsamic bar in the Milwaukee public market where I purchased an amazing, very young Sicilian olive oil (cerasuola) and a wonderful maple balsamic, the latter of which I like to drizzle over pan-fried livers.

                          1. re: linguafood

                            I stopped by the market and bought fresh cukes and oak lettuce; made a salad with pineapple balsamic, olive oil and a bit of chilli seasoned salt - so good!

                            1. re: herby

                              Even better version of the pineapple balsamic dressing:
                              pineapple balsamic, chili steeped olive oil, small dollop of mustard, salt, minced fresh mint leaves, garlic powder, and a bit of flavourful honey.

                      2. Sherry/Blue Cheese

                        3 T. mild olive oil
                        1 T. hazelnut oil
                        1 T. sherry vinegar
                        1/2 oz. crumbled blue cheese (I like gorgonzola d.l.)
                        S & P

                        I like to mix this up several hours ahead, so that the cheese dissolves into the dressing.