Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Salad Dressings

Since it the time of year for salads as well as all that other produce coming out of the garden, thought I'd share some favorites around here. I've included a home made pizza sauce recipe at the bottom, I'll devote another blog entry to tomatoes.


This can be used as a sauce for dipping or salad dressing....for the dressing, add a little more orange juice. 

Honey Mustard Dressing

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons honey 
2 tablespoons yellow mustard 
1 tablespoon lemon juice or juice from 1/2 lemon 
Horseradish, to taste 
2 tablespoons orange juice (more or less as needed)

Combine all ingredients except orange juice; stir well. Thin to pouring consistency for dressing or dipping consistency for dips with orange juice. Cover and chill for 2 or 3 hours.

This is one of our favorite salad dressings. I usually triple up the batch as mike loves it. I toss this with spinach and strawberries also, best ever salad!

Poppyseed Dressing

Ingredients 1/3 cup olive oil  1/4 cup sugar  3 tablespoons white or balsamic vinegar  2 tablespoons sesame seeds  1 tablespoon poppy seeds  1 tablespoon chopped onion  1/4 teaspoon paprika  1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Throw it all in a blender.

Celery Seed Dressing

Here is another we like and I make, celery seed dressing.

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 of an onion, grated (recipe did not stipulate size of onion)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon celery seed


Here is a really yummy creamy balsamic vinegar dressing for your summer salads.

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon chives, minced
1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
fresh ground black pepper


Whisk balsamic vinegar, chives, parsley, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and sugar together.
Add olive oil while whisking until all the oil is incorporated.
Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Refrigerate until needed.


Pizza Sauce Recipe

Homemade Pizza Sauce is an easy, yet super delicious recipe to take your pizza night to the next level! Make this pizza sauce up to a week before and you'll always be ready for friends!
Serves: 2 cups
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  1. Drizzle olive oil into 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent and tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cayenne pepper, and dried oregano. Cook for about 1 minute to release flavors.
  1. Pour in tomatoes, tomato paste, and add salt, sugar, and black pepper. Stir well to combine. Add fresh oregano. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent any sticking or burning.
  1. Remove from heat and use immediately or allow to cool before storing in an airtight container for up to one week.
If your pizza sauce seems a bit chunky, you can use an immersion blender or regular blender to make it rich and creamy.

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