Which salad dressing?
November 22, 2022 12:34 PM   Subscribe

I’m making a green salad as my designated Thanksgiving side dish. Currently planning spring greens, croutons, and some apple and/or fresh mozzarella. What kind of dressing should I make? Can’t use onions or garlic due to allergies but garlic powder is ok. My usual go-to is a lemon and olive oil dressing with lots of garlic, so looking for other options.
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
If you have an immersion blender: a handful of walnuts, 1/3 cup olive oil, 2-3 TB cider vinegar, a splash of honey or maple syrup, and 3 TB yogurt or mayonnaise. If you want you can add some mustard too if you need the kick. It's a little sweet, a little creamy, nicely balanced.
posted by suelac at 12:39 PM on November 22

I've been enjoying a lemon-tahini dressing lately. I usually buy it, but here's one option for homemade - just sub garlic powder for the fresh that the recipe calls for. It's bright and fresh, but a tad different.
posted by hydra77 at 12:43 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]

My basic vinaigrette is roughly 1:1 extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic vinegar, a small spoonful of dijon mustard, lots of fresh ground black pepper, some salt, dried thyme, basil, and oregano, and either cayenne or marash pepper flakes. You can drizzle a little maple syrup in, if you want to cut the sharpness of the vinegar.

A variation that was good over the summer when I was growing herbs was to use finely chopped fresh herbs instead of dried.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 12:48 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]

If you want to stick with lemon, my usual dressing for spring greens is

2 tbsp lemon juice/white vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp mustard
salt, pepper and a squirt of hot sauce

Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by Emmy Rae at 12:50 PM on November 22

Aged-balsamic-based dressings tend to go very, very well with apples and fresh mozzarella. Raspberry-walnut based dressings as well!
posted by erst at 1:10 PM on November 22

Apple cider vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 cup extra-virgin oil oil
Salt & fresh ground black pepper
Combine first three ingredients with 1 teaspoon room temp water. Whisk continuously and drizzle in olive oil. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

I'm making a green salad with toasted pecans, Granny Smith apple slices, and mixed greens, using this dressing.

Gobble gobble!
posted by XtineHutch at 3:12 PM on November 22 [1 favorite]

pear vinegar as a base, add some olive oil and lemon juice and herbs
posted by soelo at 5:45 PM on November 22

(Also works well with any other tart fruit juice like pomegranate, grapefruit, lemon...)

1/4 cup Cran juice
2 Tbsp Dijon
2 tsp molasses or maple syrup (optional but delicious)
2 tsp fresh or 1 tsp dried poultry seasoning herbs (sage, marjoram/oregano, thyme)
3/4 cup oil of choice

Combine in a mason jar or something with a tight lid, shake like crazy to combine. Can also throw in some craisins for color/texture.
posted by OhHaieThere at 9:43 PM on November 22

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