Salad Dressing Ideas

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  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Can everyone share their interesting salad dressing ideas?  I'm bored to death with my vinegraittes made with olive oil, red wine vinegar or lemon and sometimes a little mustard or mayo. 
     
  2. boar_d_laze

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    How about Green Goddess? 

    BDL
     
  3. ordo

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    Try some orange cubes and orange jam. Also apples or mango. Refreshing touch.
     
  4. cheflayne

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    rose hibiscus

    blueberry lavender

    chipotle sweet potato

    honey balsamic
     
  5. westport99

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    if you like curry, try adding some sweet curry powder to your basic vinaigrette or if you like fruit you can add some basic fruit puree to it and you will end up with a fruity vinaigrette
     
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  6. durangojo

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    since spring is in the air my tendency is whimsical and fruity.....

    citrus(orange, lime) vinaigrette

    passionfruit vinaigrette

    ginger-lime-jalapeno

    watermelon? bluberry? vinaigrette

    jalapeno-raspberry

    tangerine or blood orange vainaigrette

    spicy asian 

    sesame ginger

    lemon-mint

    cucumber chipotle(yougurt)

    chipotle balsamic

    strawberry balsamic

    spicy peanut

    mediterranean tahini

    lime cilantro

    green chile vinaigrette

    black olive and rosemary

    prickly pear

    i know that these are primarily vinaigrettes, but they truly are different and are perfect when paired with the right salad....perhaps changing up your whole salad would help with the boredom..instead of a garden salad maybe fresh and dried organic fruits and nuts...glazed, spiced, cranberries, fig pieces, dried or fresh strawberries or raspberries or blueberries etc.....just a thought

    joey
     
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  7. deltadude

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    LoL

    BDL only recommends the best.........
     
  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    KK, what about a Chinese Chicken Salad:

    Oil – rice vinegar – soy sauce – sesame oil – honey – garlic – fresh ginger – roasted sesame seeds – smooth peanut butter – s&p to taste

    Or a Cold Somen Noodle Salad:

    Sugar – soy sauce – rice vinegar – sesame oil

    These are our two Summer favs

    My husband prefers salads that have loads of “goodies” in them,

    not just two or three items, I think that’s why he likes these two so much
     
  9. iamchef

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    Have you ever tried using boysenberries, or raspberries....a wonderful surprise in taste for the Palate' added to your vinaigrette
     
  10. butzy

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    SE Asian flavour:

    fish sauce, lemon juice and a couple of drops of sesame oil,and  topped with some mint, coriander and/or basil leaves
     
  11. caffynacino

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    Salad is most popular dish as starter and as a main course.In most of Parties salad is design in such a way that every one can judge the entire menu .

    Salad design is one of the most important factor in any function.

    courier quote
     
  12. koukouvagia

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    BDL, are you a spokesman for green goddess dressing? :)
     
    These sound great, I shall try them, I imagine the cold noodle salad would be good with the first dressing as well but alas, I'm going low carb these days and avoiding all noodles.
     
  13. boar_d_laze

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    LOL, no.

    BDL
     
  14. chefbuba

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    Try this for an alternative to pasta. I'm diabetic and love my pasta.....only 3 carbs per serving.
     
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  15. koukouvagia

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    But does it have to be tofu!!
     
  16. kaneohegirlinaz

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    KK, I know you said that you’re on a low-carb diet right now,

    and I’m sure that you’ve thought about or even tried this before,

    but I just adore tzatziki on my green salads. 

    I think that it's not meant for that, but I always order extra in a to-g0 cup.

    I can’t seem to make it the same way as in the restaurants or take-out places. 

    Does anyone have a recipe they could share?
     
  17. koukouvagia

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    Tzatziki is great as a dressing or a dip.  Here's my recipe.

    greek yogurt (total)

    english cucumber, grated

    garlic, minced or grated

    red wine vinegar

    olive oil

    salt

    1. in a small colander place the grated cuke with a little salt and leave it for 15 min to release juice. press it to rid the juice.

    2. mix with the ypgurt and garlic and stir in olive oil and vinegar. salt to taste.

    Depending on what i serve it with I mix in a fresh herb. With lamb throw in mint. With pork or chicken throw in fresh thyme or fennel fronds. With seafood, dill. Quantities of ingredients are up to you.
     
  18. durangojo

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    kgirl,

    i add fresh dill or mint and use lemon juice instead of red wine vinegar....i just love the sunshine that a squeeze of fresh lemon brings to it...to anything really....

    kk,

    farro is a grain(wheat) very nutty in flavor with a bit of a bite to it(firm). yes, it does carry near the same amount of carbs as rice or pasta, but it is a healthier choice and as in everything, it's all about the portions. you can find it in an italian deli which  you have many of where you live or in stores like trader joe's. the brand i get is a roland product in 1 # bags.

    as an aside to an earlier post, i mentioned to replace white sugar with brown sugar..just to clarify, i wasn't talking about 'brown' sugar, but sugar products that are brown, as in sugar in the raw, turbinado, agave syrup, honey

    joey

    oh shoot, i just realized i posted this in the wrong thread..it should be in the low carb thread...sorry, but i gotta scoot...will try and fix it later...oh yeah, it's a monday for sure!

    also, something  i'm sure you are aware of but can really add up quickly is the amount of carbs in drinks and juices...cranberry juice which i personally especially love with vodka on a hot day...heck, even on a cold day! a lot of the fancy schmancy new age designer drinks are loaded. some of them sound so good and healthy until you read the label. caveat emptor!
     
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  19. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Ya’ know Joey, I think that’s what I liked so much about this one place I use to go to across the street from my office in Honolulu, the splash of lemon.  Just that little bit of brightness and I think that they also used fresh dill, I’ll give it a go.  KK’s basic recipe and then use lemon juice and dill.  Good call ladies!
     
  20. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Here’s another idea for dressing, I knew I had this one somewhere, just had to hunt for it. 

    My Grandmother gave this to me, it’s from a well known restaurant in Honolulu, the Waioli Tea Room:

    Waioli Guava Dressing

    1C Mayonnaise

    1 C Tomato Catsup

    ¼ C Vinegar

    ½ C Salad Oil

    1 tsp dry Mustard

    2 tsp Lemon Juice

    ½ C Guava Jam

    ½ tsp Garlic Salt