Sunday, February 15, 2009

Homemade Salad Dressings (they win--hands down)

Last night we were invited to some friends for dinner and I offered to bring a salad. I really just wanted to make some homemade salad dressings. For the most part, I don't like bottled dressing.... I will use them, and I do buy them for convenience sake, but I really prefer homemade salad dressing.

My friend Robbie (yes, she is an original Friday Friend), makes a great salad with Romain, fresh ginger, cilantro, avocados, green onions, and a few other things I can't think of right now... but the dressing she uses is: garlic infused olive oil, seasoned rice vinegar, and Greek seasoning.
That's it. And I love that salad more than anything.
You should actually try it...just play around with the measurments until you find a taste you like. It's really good. And very simple. And there are no artifcial ingredients, which is always a good things.

I do have to state right here, that I added some iceberg lettuce to my salad last night. I know, I know... it has gotten the reputation of being a second-class citizen in the greens community, but really, don't you just like a good CRUNCH once in a while? You can't beat iceberg for a good crunch. I used mixed spring greens and added in a little iceberg. I gotta stand up for the's a good addition anytime.
And I didn't use much more than just the greens. I chopped up a few extra veggies to take on the side, but for the most part it was all about the greens.

Here are two salad dressings that I made yesterday to take to dinner. They are both a bit on the sweeter side, but really good. I've been using them for years, but originally they came from an Amish cookbook by Marcia Adams, "Cooking in Quilt Country". I love all the recipes in that cookbook.

Poppy Seed Dressing

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 tsp salt
2/3 cup cider vinegar
2 cups vegetable oil
3 Tbl. poppy seeds

Combine the first 4 ingredients. Slowly add the oil and beat until thick. Beat for 5 minutes more. Add the poppy seeds and mix well.

Celery Seed Dressing

2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp celery seed

Place the first 6 ingredients and half the vinegar in a blender. Blend well. With the blender still running, add the oil and the rest of the vinegar; blend thoroughly for about 2 minutes. Stir in the celery seed.

Poppy Seed Dressing Stuff (and really...nothing could be more simple)

Celery Seed Dressing Stuff (again...easy as pie. Well, no, actually, it's a whole lot easier than pie, because sometimes pie can be very complicated and the crust, well.... you get the picture. this is EASY)

We have dressings!!

They look very similar, but they have two distinct tastes. They keep in your fridge for about 10-14 days. (proably longer, but I have issues with using anything older than 5 days myself. )
Poppy Seed Dressing on the left, Celery Seed Dressing on the right.

The view from above.......


Karen said...

Such beautiful pictures! I love homemade dressing, too, it's just so much fresher. And for iceberg... just yesterday I had a huge chunk of crispy iceberg with bleu cheese dressing on it. YUM! Debbie, did I read right in the poppy seed dressing there are 1-1/2 CUPS of sugar? Gosh, that seems like a lot... it isn't just way too sweet?

That Girl said...

These dressings look marvelous! You won me over already!

Anonymous said...

You are so right about homemade dressings. I don't know why I just don't make them more often. I actually don't eat regular salad dressings on my salads anyway...I like a lemon squeeze and a dash of olive oil with a little salt and pepper.

I have this great Pampered Chef salad dressing mixer, with recipes on the side of it. I am going to take it out now!

The Blonde Duck said...

Can you keep a secret?

We eat salad from a bag! I'm so ashamed!

Donna-FFW said...

OMG!! What gorgeous pictures!! I love homemade salad dressings. I can NOT wait to try out yours!Looks fabulous!!

Robin Sue said...

I am a lover of homemade dressings too. My one son will not even touch Hidden valley ranch dressing, it has to be my homemade version. That is one way I can get him to eat veggies. Poppyseed has to be my favorite and I love it on a spinach and strawberry salad. Your friend Robbie's salad sounds os good too!

Reeni♥ said...

Homemade dressings are the best! The Poppy Seed one looks especially wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Tried the poppyseed dressing out and it tastes amazing!! Definitely will not be buying the store bought ones anymore! Thanks!

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