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    Ive made dill vinaigrette, it was decent. Ive also made the creamy ranch dressing, it was pretty good.

    I dont like evoo and Im not crazy about vinaigrettes.

    Can someone give me some flavored mayo ideas/recipes or creamy dressing recipes.

    Anyone have a good ceaser dressing recipe that isint too complicated to make?

    Something like a honey mustard would be great to.

  • #2
    I use this alot in the cooler months:
    Creamy Maple-Mustard Dressing

    Adapted from the Tupelo Honey Cafe

    Yield: 2 cups

    1 1/2 c good quality mayonnaise

    1/4 c pure maple syrup

    2 T cider vinegar

    2 T Dijon mustard

    2 T whole-grain mustard

    1/4 tsp sea salt

    1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

    1. Combine all the ingredients with a whisk in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days.
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    • #3
      I hear you! Dislike evoo.

      I like home made mayo made with light olive oil. No gross taste!

      Almond butter diluted with hot water and lemon juice if it works for you (better with PB though)

      If you haven't tried it, guacamole actually dresses the salads pretty cool. I simply mash avocado with some garlic, cilantro and onion and lime juice.

      If you like sesame taste, sesame with red pepper flakes and a touch of grated ginger (I keep fresh ginger frozen) and garlic is great.
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      • #4
        Tzatziki is pretty damn awesome on a salad, as is a garlic dill.

        16 oz full fat yogurt
        juice of 1 lime
        1 medium cuke, grated fine
        4 (or more) cloves of garlic, minced

        Stir to combine.

        Dill garlic
        8 oz yogurt
        juice 1/2 lime
        2-5 garlic cloves
        dill to taste

        Stir to combine.
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        • #5
          I love the homemade mayo!

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          • #6
            I usually make something with sour cream. You can substitute it for mayo in many recipes. I usually use this ranch recipe adjusting to taste:
            sour cream
            dried chives
            dried parsley
            dried dill weed
            garlic powder
            onion powder
            ground black pepper

            You can add a bit of a different oil that has less of a flavor, although you wouldn't much taste the olive oil with all the seasoning. Or thin with a bit of water to your preferred consistency. Often, if it's grilled meat on a salad I'll just use sour cream and salsa or hot sauce.
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            • #7
              I recently concocted a dill sauce that could easily be used or diluted to make dressing.

              1 can coconut cream (just the hard white part when you refrigerate a can of coconut milk)
              a good handful of fresh dill, chopped (or a tablespoon or so of the dried stuff)
              1 tbsp garlic powder
              1 tbsp white vinegar
              dash of salt

              Mix it all up! I use it as a veggie dip, but if you want to you can dilute it with water, milk, or coconut water so it's pour-able and more like a salad dressing. I'm also sure you can use whatever herbs you want, and add/remove seasonings as you see fit. The base is just the vinegar and coconut cream... do what you want with that and the options are pretty much endless!

              PS: If you like honey mustard, you can make it easily... with honey and mustard (go figure!). Just put equal parts raw honey and mustard (REAL super-seedy brown mustard... not the stupid yellow stuff) in a bowl and whisk to combine. Play with the ratios of honey to mustard - some people like it sweeter, some like it more mustard-y.
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              • #8
                I don't do dairy at all, so if I am in the mood for something creamy, I rely on one of three things: cashews, sesame seeds, or avocado.

                Choose one of:
                -50 grams cashews, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, or 1 avocado

                Toss in your blender, and mix with:
                -a few splashes of coconut vinegar
                -some freshly squeezed lemon juice
                -freshly ground pepper
                -herbs of your choice (basil or dill work really well)
                -enough water to get it to the thickness you like

                Blend until creamy. Makes plenty for two or three salads.


                • #9
                  Pesto! Use any herb/nut combination you prefer - love the fresh herbed taste.


                  • #10
                    I often just glop a bunch of honey/dijon mustard on my salad and have at it. Fresh salsa works awesome too. Ok, but here's a recipe for a dressing:

                    1 small red bell pepper
                    10 sundried tomatoes, soaked 30 mins
                    blend in blender

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                    • #11
                      Mix sour cream half-and-half with salsa.


                      • #12
                        Pesto! Use any herb/nut combination you prefer - love the fresh herbed taste.
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                        I am going to try spinach with a bit of basil leaves and walnuts (the cheapest raw organic option). Does anyone know if non-organic sunflower seeds are Okay? Are sunflowers being sprayed badly? I love sunflower flavor and would love pesto based on that.

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                        • #13

                          I'm a sucker for Tahini-based dressings. They are really thick and creamy. You can go the herbal/tangy route, or you can add a little sweetener for more of a honey-mustard type dressing. You can generally find it in the health food section, although I always buy it at my local middle eastern grocery for higher quality and better price.

                          This is how you do it:

                          2 tbsp tahini, well stirred
                          touch of lemon or vinegar
                          1/4 cup water
                          any herbs you love, such as itallian seasoning

                          Begin by stirring the lemon into the tahini, drop by drop. After vigorous stirring and slow liquid addition, your tahini will go from being an oily liquid, to a brown paste, to finally a white creamy liquid. Add water until dressing has reached desired consistency. If you go too far, you can always add more tahini but make sure you switch arms or have a blender at that point- don't get a cramp! Once texture is perfect, adjust salt, lemon, and desired herbs and spices to taste.
                          Last edited by Opera; 08-24-2012, 10:08 AM.