Fantastic Food Friday- DIY Dressings

Nothing screams summer more than a huge salad. Crisp romaine lettuce, juicy grilled chicken, cucumber rounds, carrot slivers and sugar peas are just… perfect for summer evenings. Taco salads are wonderful for picnics and potlucks. Fruit salads are the warm weather dessert of choice.

But those dressings can get you into trouble. Store bought ones can be full of sugar, salt, chemicals and who knows what else. So here is a roundup of my current favorites!

First up… Catalina Dressing. If you make taco salad, you gotta have Catalina dressing. I modified this recipe from Simply Scratch. Husband now prefers this over store bought. And so do I.

Catalina Dressing

½ sweet yellow onion
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Rough chop the onion and then throw that onion into your food processor and whirl it around a few times to mince it. Add in everything else, except the EVOO. Blend that all up. When it’s good and mixed, SLOWLY, SLOWLY, EVER SO SLOWLY drizzle the EVOO in while the food processor is running. Blend a few more seconds. Store it in the fridge, but I think it’s best served at room temperature.

Next up… Copycat Applebee’s Asian Dressing. I’m so sorry, I don’t have my original source for this. But is so much like the Applebee’s dressing, it’s scary. And if you close your eyes and serve it with romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, crispy noodles, slivered almonds and shredded carrot, you can almost imagine you are out for lunch instead of your kitchen!

Asian Salad Dressing

6 tablespoons Honey
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ tsp sesame oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Blend everything up with a mixer. I use my immersion blender and it works perfect!

How about Lemon Poppyseed dressing? It’s the same one from this post. But here it is again!

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

1 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp honey
½ tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp lemon juice

Whisk it all together. Pour it over fruit salad, or on romaine tossed with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and pecans.

I haven’t found a great ranch dressing yet. I’m still looking. But two other recipes I’d like to try soon are Creamy Sweet Onion and this Russian dressing.

What’s your favorite dressing to make? Do you have a great ranch dressing you make you want to share with me?

I'd love to hear what you think!

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