I picked up a copy of Jeff Mauro’s new book, Come on Over just the other day. You’d think that that the first recipe I would make out of the book would be for a sandwich (he is the Sandwich Guy after all), but instead I decided on making the creamy garlic salad dressing. After all, it was Salad Week here (and sadly, not Sandwich Week). Any boy, am I ever glad that it was. This is by far our favorite homemade salad dressing. It’s perfectly creamy. It has a good garlic flavor (it’s not lacking in the garlic department). And it has just the right amount of blue cheese tang. You know. That little ‘funk’. Yummy stuff.
This creamy garlic salad dressing is divine on salads, but it is also great for dipping vegetables. So make an extra batch because you’ll find yourself as addicted to it as we were. Heck, for the first time in a while, I was happy that it was Salad Week!
Perhaps the last thing I needed was an even better-tasting Ranch dressing. This copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch dressing is fantastic. I know I used too much on my salad. Yes, I added more after this picture, I didn’t want to have photographic proof of my obsession but I just couldn’t stop.
I definitely recommend making at least a double batch when you make this copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch dressing. It’s crazy good and won’t last at all. Do not skimp on the fridge time. The dressing needs it to set up and let the flavors come together. And don’t be surprised if it’s a little thick after resting. Right then it’s perfect for dipping. Perfect for wings, vegetables, chips, whatever. For salads, you might want it a little thinner so just whisk in a bit (like a tablespoon at a time) of buttermilk and see how you like it.
In my opinion, the brand of mayonnaise you use in a dish is just as important, if not more so, than the quality of the rest of the ingredients. That’s why I use Blue Plate. Always.
I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.
I’d say that about half the time, we make our own salad dressings and the other half of the times we buy them. There’s nothing wrong with bottled dressings, but sometimes we prefer something fresh and something we can ‘tweak’ a bit if we want. This Catalina salad dressing is one of our all-time favorites. It’s quite easy to make and always delicious. It also uses ingredients that we almost always have on hand, and that’s a definite plus too!
The grated white onion is one of the key ingredients in this Catalina salad dressing. Don’t skip it and don’t skimp on it. I used about a tablespoon, but you might want more. Or less. I used a Microplane grater to get the onion just perfect. It’s easy to hold and does a fantastic job.
This dressing gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Just make sure to give it a good shake before serving.
I always double this recipe when making it.
I also find myself using these sauce dipping cups more and more when serving salad dressings. They help me control my servings a bit better.
There are certainly a lot of homemade Thousand Island dressing recipes out on the internet. But I found this one to be slightly different. The flavor is richer. It’s deeper. And it has just a little kick to it. It’s just better than the rest. And it uses ingredients that I have on-hand. That’s a plus. Perfect on a salad, and even better on a Reuben sandwich.
I wasn’t shy with the hot sauce when I made this homemade Thousand Island dressing. Now, I wasn’t making spicy wing sauce, no, but I wanted to get that spiciness. So many dressings are just creamy. Or just vinegary. A little heat changes things up.
There are certainly a lot of homemade Thousand Island dressing recipes out on the internet. But I found this one to be slightly different. The flavor is richer. It’s deeper. And it has just a little kick to it.