Friday, January 20, 2012

BEST OF: Salad Dressings

My last post shared the simplicity of making a good salad. Here I share some of my go-to dressings, some of which are from local chefs who make simply the best, and some that my family has used for generations!

Columbia Restaurant - 1905 Salad
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Mix and serve over iceberg lettuce, Swiss cheese, fresh tomato slices, baked ham slices, green olives, and Romano cheese for this Columbia favorite!

Habana Cafe - Spanish Salad
From The Habana Cafe Cookbook
1 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Mix and serve over iceberg lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, feta cheese, and Parmesan cheese for this Cuban delight!

Louis Pappas Famous Greek Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup distilled wine vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon

Mix over a heaping bed of iceberg lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, green bell pepper, fresh feta cheese slices, beet slices, peeled and steamed shrimp, anchovy filets, Greek Kalamata olives, Greek Salonika peppers, radishes, green onions, and topped with scoops of homemade potato salad.

And now for some family recipes that never fail:

Simple Greek Salad Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Whisk together in a small bowl and serve with your favorite mix of vegetables and lettuce. 

Ron's Cesar Salad Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 to 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 egg yolk (or egg beaters)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 can anchovies
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
splash of Tabasco to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Blend ingredients in food processor or blender until creamy smooth. Toss with romaine lettuce, large croutons, and fresh shavings of Parmesan cheese.

Let me know which ones are your favorites! PS - Thanks to Amy for asking for some of these recipes! I have been meaning to write this post for a while!

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