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Something Very Important

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Today, I want to write about something very important.  However, it’s not something incredibly serious.  Don’t get confused.  This topic of conversation is Salad Dressing.

Do you buy Salad Dressing?  That’s okay.  Even if you enjoy cooking, you probably like a variety of dressings, or perhaps have a brand favorite that you’ve used since childhood.  Or perhaps you’re under the impression that in order to make Salad Dressing, you must make it fresh for every salad.  I bet you eat a lot of salad, don’t you?

I have a brand favorite.  It’s called Papa’s Famous Salad Dressing.  It’s my father’s creation and I’ve been lucky enough to have it since birth.  It’s so good.  In fact, before meeting me, my boyfriend, John, didn’t really like salad.  He says he ate it because he had to.  You know.  For the vitamins.  Now he gets excited about it.  Yeah.  About salad.  That’s why this post is about something very important.  Salad Dressing.

I’m in a weird kind of a prose mood today.

This dressing is a typical vinaigrette.  If you remember nothing else remember this – 3-4 parts Extra Virgin Olive Oil to one part white vinegar.  Got it???  And don’t forget the salt.

ALSO it keeps on the shelf indefinitely.  If you use it less than once a week, please shake the bottle so the oil doesn’t go rancid.  The vinegar keeps everything from going bad but it separates from the oil.

Oh! And if you can, use fresh herbs.

Papa’s Famous Salad Dressing

In a blender (please note that all herbs are optional – don’t go bankrupt for this dressing, just use whatever you have available):

4 cups extra virgin olive oil

1 cup white vinegar

8 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon tarragon

1 teaspoon dill weed

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon yellow (hot dog, not Dijon) mustard

1 tablespoon salt (or two taste)

1 tablespoon oregano

A handful of fresh or frozen basil leaves

Blend.  Taste.  Add salt or vinegar if needed.  Decant to a bottle (I like to use an old olive oil bottle).  Serve over a nice salad.  Salad components I like for this dressing:

Red leaf lettuce, Spinach, Tomato, steamed and chilled Broccoli, red onion, avocado, garbanzo beans, chicken, cottage cheese or goat cheese.


Written by poperatzii

August 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Posted in Salad, Side Dish

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  1. no wonder that one salad i had once at your place which you made for me was so good! it’s in the dressing….


    August 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

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