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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

Try Homemade Salad Dressings

I often say that homemade is superior to store bought. One product that people never think about making at home is salad dressings. It’s easy just to go down the aisle and throw one in your grocery basket. Making salad dressings at home are simple to do and you cut out all of the preservatives.

With the heat of the summer coming on, I thought I would share with you some homemade salad dressings for your family and friends. With cookouts becoming more frequent, you can use this dressing for many things. They are great for dipping sauces as well as toppings for grilled sandwiches. The ones that I’m sharing today are Honey Mustard Dressing, Vinaigrette (Italian), Caesar, 1000 Island, and Bleu Cheese. Yes, I have left off probably the most popular dressing Ranch. That’s easily homemade with a seasoning packet. Time to gather your ingredients and Let’s head to the kitchen.

Honey Mustard Dressing

4 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons yellow mustard

3 1/4 tablespoons cider vinegar

3/4 teaspoons onion salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients except mayo. Add mayo and mix until smooth in texture.

Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Vinaigrette Dressing

1 cup olive oil

1 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup salad vinegar

1/4 cup brown mustard

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon basil

3/4 teaspoon oregano

3/4 teaspoon thyme

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a blender.

Caesar Dressing

2 eggs

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

6 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons garlic, chopped

2 (2 ounce) cans flat anchovy filets

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 1/2 cups olive oil

1 teaspoon dry mustard

4 tablespoons Romano cheese, grated

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

In a blender, whip eggs. Add Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic, then blend. Add Dijon mustard and blend. Blend in the olive oil very slowly. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. Refrigerate.

1000 Dressing

4 cups mayonnaise

3/4 cup celery, diced

1/2 cup onion, diced

3/4 cups boiled eggs, diced

1/2 cup sweet pickle relish

1 1/2 cups chili sauce

Pinch white pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

Place mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well. Let the dressing sit in refrigerator for 5 hours before serving.

Bleu Cheese Dressing

4 cups mayonnaise

3/4 pound sour cream

3/4 pound Bleu cheese crumbles

1 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon Louisiana style hot sauce

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper

2 tablespoons onion, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons green onions, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped

Place mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the onion, green onion and garlic. Add all other ingredients except the bleu cheese and mix well. Add Bleu cheese and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate before serving.

Making salad dressing at home are a great way to include your children in the kitchen. They are simple and don’t require a stove to make, which is great during these hot summer months. Since I share salad dressing with you this week, care to guess what types of recipes I’ll be sharing next time? Dinner Salads. They are a great way to eat healthy while staying on a budget. So until next time, Good Cooking, Good Eating, Good Living!

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