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Old 02-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Salad dressing with unconventional ingredients

I am an American living in Central China. In Shanghai and Beijing, you can buy anything American in the supermarket. Even in my city, I can buy salad dressing if I take a taxi to the suburbs and am willing to pay US$20 for a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch.

However.

Yesterday I was in a Japanese department store downtown and saw some iceberg lettuce, right next to the perfume counter, and I knew I wanted to make a salad, which I haven't had since I got to China; so I bought the lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and Chinese cucumbers.

My point is: how can I make salad dressing from what I have available:
ketchup
American yellow mustard
mayonnaise
sesame oil
vegetable (soy?) oil
white rice wine vinegar
medium dark soy sauce
hoisin sauce
whole pitted black olives
capers
spicy black bean sauce
soybean sauce
hot soybean sauce
salt
black pepper grinder
garlic powder
jar of tiny pickles from France which cost two days' salary.
But I was unwilling to fork over enough money for olive oil, although it is available. Expensive!


I know salad dressing is basically oil and vinegar, unless you go the egg route, but I don't really like eggs, although I'm not averse to them in a sauce as long I don't know they're there.

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Old 02-21-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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Mayo
Ketchup
A little mustard..
Salt
Black pepper
Garlic...
Maybe a splash of rice wine vinegar....

Taste...Adjust...

Enjoy!!
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:38 PM   #3
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Sounds like Russian dressing.

I was hoping for a bit more like Bleu cheese or Mediterranean, but then I don't have the critical ingredient for the former.
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Sounds like 1000 Island....especially if you add some of the expensive pickles!
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:42 PM   #5
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If u want to keep an asian flare to it, oil, vinegar, garlic powder, a little soy sauce, a few drops of sesame oil, a little sugar and if u can dig up some ginger or ginger powder
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:52 PM   #6
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I'm trying to get away from an Asian flavour. I miss Western salad.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:54 PM   #7
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then scratch my idea
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:13 AM   #8
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Oh, I also have some Sweet N' Sour Sauce from McDonald's...
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:56 AM   #9
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can you get your hands on orange juice for a reasonable price ? That might expand our options a little

Could make a vinegrette (sp) with a little orange juice, or another kind with a spoon of mustard, garlic powder, black pepper. I remember as a kid my parents would make a russian dressing with finely chopped up hard boiled egg in it ( egg russian).
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:09 AM   #10
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OJ is very expensive, but I can get, however not at 10pm
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