A fresh, green salad is a standard at the lunch hour or served as a side with a main course. Many restaurants are well known for their salad bars, where you can make your salad according to what your like in it! Naturally, you have to have some good dressing to go with a salad. The grocery stores are very well stocked with many commercial dressings that are really good. But, have you ever considered making your own salad dressings on a regular basis? I’m sharing a recipe for “Homemade French Dressing” and one for “Homemade Thousand Island Dressing”. These are two classic dressings that are fresh and homemade, which I find makes a salad more enjoyable.
The French dressing consists of ketchup, vegetable oil, vinegar, water, sugar, onion, garlic, whole cloves, paprika and salt. All of these ingredients go into the container of your electric blender and are blended for one minute. This makes a rather large quantity and it does keep very well. If you feel this is too much for you to use within a reasonable time, divide the proportions in half. What’s great about this dressing is that it won’t separate as it sits. You may find it surprising to see whole cloves go in this dressing, but they give a “hint of spice” to the dressing, much like what you taste in commercially made French dressings. Also, you could use Splenda in place of the sugar, if you want to reduce the amount of sugar in it. Of course, ketchup has sugar in it, but the Splenda would enable you to have less sugar in the completed dressing.
The “Homemade Thousand Island Dressing” consists of hard-cooked eggs, green olives, salad pickles, pickle relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt and sugar. All of these ingredients are combined by hand and stored covered in the refrigerator. This will keep for 10 days, so again, feel free to cut the proportions in half if you feel you won’t need this much dressing within a 10 day time period. Again, you could use Splenda in place of the sugar,
Sometime ago, I shared a blue cheese dressing, which is really great and worth my mentioning again. To get the recipe, follow this link to get it:
The next time you serve a salad, serve it with one of these homemade dressings. You may never go back to commercial dressings again!
HOMEMADE FRENCH DRESSING
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 whole cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in the container of the electric blender and blend for one minute at high speed. Transfer to a covered jar and refrigerate. This won’t separate as it stand. Yield: about 3 cups.
HOMEMADE THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING
- 6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
- 6 oz. chopped green olives
- 1 cup chopped salad pickles (I prefer the salad cubes)
- 1 cup sweet pickle relish
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup sugar
Combine all ingredients and stir by hand. Store covered in the refrigerator and it will keep for 10 days. Yield: about 1 quart.