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Chief Longwind Of The North 03-08-2008 10:12 AM

ISO Exceptional Salad Dressings
My wife is going to a dinner on Wensday and has been asked to bring 3 salad dressings. I make a pretty decent mayo, but can never get the flavor quite right. But the consistancy is great. This mayo will be made into a ranch dressing.

I also have some frozen raspberries in the freezer and plan to make a home-made raspberry-vinagarette.

For the third, I intend to make a fusion of a sweet Russian Dressing with chili powder mixed in to give it a bit of a southwestern kick.

I have combined store-bought russian and chili powder many times. It makes a great dressing that goes great on taco salad, or with any leafy salad served along side tacos, burritoes, etc. The dinner will be chili with cornbread and salad. I don't want to use store bought dressings, but want to send my DW with great home made dressings. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North

Constance 03-08-2008 10:50 AM

I make a darned good bleu cheese dressing with Miracle Whip, crumbled bleu cheese, a dash of lemon juice, a grind of black pepper and enough milk to thin the mixture to the consistency you like.
The MW works better than mayo or sour cream because of it's lighter, tangier taste.

buckytom 03-08-2008 11:01 AM

gw, have you thought about going asian and trying a creamy ginger, or sesame oil and garlic dressing?

*amy* 03-08-2008 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by Goodweed of the North (Post 563431)
... The dinner will be chili with cornbread and salad. Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North

I would go with an avocado dressing.

merstar 03-08-2008 08:06 PM

Both these salads have great dressings. Note: In the first recipe, I omitted the oil and parmesan, which yielded a lighter dressing, but many people have included them, and loved it, so it's good either way. Also, I used lemon zest instead of lemongrass, low sodium soy sauce instead of fish sauce, an extra clove garlic, 3 Tbsp lime juice instead of 4, and 1/2 tsp instead of 2 tsp Asian chili sauce.

Pacific-Rim Caesar Salad Recipe at Epicurious.com

Recipes : Creamy, Lemony, Pepper-Parmesan Dressing on Romaine Lettuce Salad : Food Network

Bilby 03-08-2008 08:13 PM

I had a wonderful raspberry vinegar and lime juice dressing over a prawn salad once but have never been able to replicate the flavours correctly but that was divine!

Love the Japanese salad dressing they use over here, very garlicy but different from a standard salad dressing.

I also quite like an Asian coleslaw but with a satay sauce over it instead of the usual coleslaw dressings.

Chief Longwind Of The North 03-10-2008 09:11 AM

Wow! Super Ideas. I guess I'm going to have to do a bit of research to figure out some of these dressings. Thanks everyone.

Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North

kitchenelf 03-10-2008 10:00 AM

Chili, cornbread, and salad to me screams a REALLY good homemade ranch dressing.

You can also "Mexican up" your Ranch with all those Mexican flavors - chili powder, fresh cilantro, ground cumin, and a bit of cayenne. I also add chives to my homemade Ranch - I would still use chives too OR the green part of some spring onions.

AllenOK 03-19-2008 11:16 PM

I know it probably wouldn't go well with a chili supper, but I used to make a killer balsamic dressing when I lived in MI.

Finely mince 2 - 3 shallots
Finely mince 1 - 2 garlic cloves

Make a confit of the shallots and garlic with about 1 1/2 - 2 c of good EVOO. Cook this over low heat so the shallots and garlic don't caramelize to heavily. Once the shallots have started to wilt and lightly caramelize, remove the mixture from the heat, and add about 1/2 c of good balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir, and allow to cool to room temperature.

I like to mix grated Parmesan with that, and just dip some good bread into it.

suziquzie 03-20-2008 06:26 AM

I had a champagne / walut dressing once. I cant even remember where I got it from. I think it was a gift. Very good!!!

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