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Old 12-23-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Sub for pkg Italian dressing for recipe

Here's a recipe for a festive salad that I plan on making for Christmas dinner, and I can't find an "envelope of Italian salad dressing mix" that it calls for. I wish it would specify what size package that it means, also, as I imagine it's an American recipe, and I'm Canadian. I can't find a package of Italian salad dressing mix, so what can I use? I picked up two packages (28 gms ea) of pasta salad dressing mix (Club House) and on the package it says that you only need to combine it with 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. The recipe for the salad is below, so I'm wondering if I should just treat the package the same as the Italian one they quote.

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons water
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
2 (10 ounce) packages Italian-blend salad greens
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup dried cranberries

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Old 12-23-2011, 11:04 PM   #2
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The first four ingredients are just one way to make salad dressing. So, see if you can find a bottle of blasamic Italian dressing and use that. Omit the oil, vinegar, water and envelope of dressing mix.

If you can't find balsamic Italian, pick a similar dressing and use that.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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I appreciate that response, Andy.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-24-2011, 07:17 AM   #4
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Extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, crushed garlic to taste, salt and fresh black pepper and maybe [if it was for me] a little honey. Sal.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:21 AM   #5
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The first four ingredients are just one way to make salad dressing. So, see if you can find a bottle of blasamic Italian dressing and use that. Omit the oil, vinegar, water and envelope of dressing mix.

If you can't find balsamic Italian, pick a similar dressing and use that.
If you want a balsamic vinegar that is close to the original from Modena, dump a bottle of balsamic into a pan and simmer down till it is thick and syrupy.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses.

I really appreciate the time you all took to help me out. I ended up using the packaged dressing that I had with the other ingredients and it turned out very nicely. The salad is really good. It went over very well.

Thanks again,
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