You know Georgia summer is here when you are sweating bullets while you are standing in the shade! My family is already on 14th watermelon for the season. We will see how many watermelons we go through before summer is over.
My home and church families have been craving crisp, cold foods lately and there is nothing like good salads with great, homemade salad dressings. Here are my top 5 favorite salad dressings, and I know you will love these, too!
1. Spiced Salad Dressing (like Catalina dressing but with wonderful flavor), see previous post
2. Savannah Mustard Dressing (Mustard, slightly sweet and wonderful)
3. Pacific Rim Caesar Dressing(No raw eggs! Caesar dressing with Asian influence)
4. Green Goddess Dressing (Ranch like dressing with lots of fresh herbs), see previous post
5. Greek Salad Dressing (Great basic oil and vinegar dressing), see previous post
Green Goddess Dressing (Click for recipe)
Greek Salad Dressing (Click for Recipe)
Pacific Rim Caesar Dressing
A wonderful dressing with an Asian flavor. I love the taste of fresh ginger and lime juice in this dressing. Great with any seafood dish.
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced lemongrass or lemon zest
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce (nam pla)**
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce**
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1large head of romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (about 15 cups loosely packed)
1 cup (packed) freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
Combine lime juice and next 7 ingredients in processor; process until well blended. With processor running, add vegetable oil in slow stream; process until slightly thickened. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Can be made 2 days ahead. Stir well before using.
Place lettuce in large bowl. Add dressing and 3/4 cup Parmesan; toss to combine. Divide salad among 6 plates; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and toasted sesame seeds.
* Available at Asian markets and in the produce section of some supermarkets.
Savannah Mustard Dressing (All time favorite dressing by church family!)
1 cup Yellow Mustard, French's
1 cup Red wine vinegar
1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
3 cups of canola or vegetable oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Whisk first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly pour oil and whisk until mustard mixture is well blended. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate.