The Best 50 Salad Dressings - Inside the Cookbook - 5 Stars
The heat outside is sweltering and there is no better time for a salad. Ever heard the saying, "hotter than a pig's butt?" Yeah, it is even warmer than that right now in Georgia.
The thing I like best about The Best 50 Salad Dressings, is the content. There are tons of recipes; something for everyone. Store bought dressings are okay, but have you ever looked at the ingredients? I can't pronounce most of them. What is a gludiomite anyway? I definitely prefer to make my own. Not only does every recipe list the ingredients, it also list serving suggestions, entree suggestions, and for some, side dishes to complement your meal. As if that weren't enough, I love that each recipe only makes a small amount. Some of us people only have one or two in the family, and you can't leave homemade dressing in the fridge for weeks at a time. I guess it's those gludiomite chemicals that preserve it so it stays the same for months. I don't know about you, but I'd rather eat fresh. Kind of scares me that the composition doesn't change for months at a time. With that said, what is a caper? I'm not sure I know myself, but I bought a jar the other day and didn't know what to do with them.
Now I know, Caper Dressing. 1\2 cup of olive oil (the original had 1\4 vegetable and 1\4 olive oil but I don't use vegetable oil myself) 1\4 cup distilled vinegar, 2 T finely chopped capers, 1\2 t caper brine (that would be the juice) 2 T Parmesan cheese, 2-3 T lemon juice, 1-2 T mayo (We only use Dukes in the south) 1\2 t dry mustard, 1 small clove of garlic finely minced, salt and pepper to taste, I only use the pink Himilayan or sea salt, again, can't stand the chemicals.
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake until smooth. Chill for at least one hour to blend. Makes one cup. Serve on romaine lettuce. Don't be afraid to tweak things to make them your own.
Recipes are meant to be enjoyed and savored. I can't wait to try a few more myself. This book also includes an index and a preface that offer some good insights. The size of this book is small and I love that it doesn't take up a lot of physical space. This one is a keeper!
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Columnist Pamela Robinson: Pamela is an author and reviewer.