Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tried & True Recipe #6s: Salad Dressings

We had the privilege of living with the Lauterbachs during our last months of seminary in Escondido. Of the many many things I learned from Rondi (including the importance of afternoon coffee, how to properly set a table, pastor's wives can be holy AND fun!), one way that our family benefited from our time with her was getting to enjoy her homemade salad dressings.

Once you go homemade salad dressing, you can never go back to Hidden Valley Ranch. (Jeff can attest to this.)

Here are three basic dressings that I've made lots of times and our family always enjoys. For all of the recipes, I basically put all of the ingredients in a leftover jar (usually a salsa jar) that has a lid, put the lid on it, and shake it up until all the ingredients are combined and it looks like... (tada!) salad dressing. :)

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar (omit this if your balsamic vinegar is already really sweet)
3/4 cup olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1/2 to 1 t. minced garlic 

**Good on simple mixed greens. You can get fancy and add crumbled goat cheese, cranberries, diced red bell peppers, and candied pecans. 

Asian Salad Dressing
2 T. brown sugar
2 t. soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 T. rice vinegar

**Use this on romaine lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and orange pieces (canned mandarins work ok too.) You can also use this for a nice, cool pasta salad with whole-wheat rotini, spinach leaves, red onions, oranges, etc.

Honey Mustard Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt
2 T. dijon mustard
2 T. honey
1 T. lemon juice

**I use this dressing when we have leftover chicken and avocados... it makes a really good lunch salad with the chicken, avocados, mixed greens and red onion slices. 


cj said...
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cons55 said...

awesome! thanks for sharing!

(i removed my previous comment because it was under my super secretive alias "cj" and didn't want you wondering who the heck it was commenting on your blog..anyway, it's me, connie)

Kathy Locke said...

hahahaha... thanks for the explanation connie. or should i say... cj??? hahahaha... miss you!!!