Salad Dressing Recipes

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Wild Rice and Orzo Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Recipe

This dish is really three recipes in one. I combined my wild rice, kidney bean salad and orzo pasta salad recipes together to make a light and healthy meal. The maple vinaigrette helps tie everything together.

I usually make orzo pasta salad for parties and picnics, but we've been having a heat wave here and we all felt like eating something cool. The addition of kidney beans for protein and wild rice for fiber makes the dish more of a complete meal. If you have some leftover roast chicken, you can dice or shred it and add it to the salad as well.


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Tarragon-flavored Grilled Vegetable Party Platter Recipe

Tarragon is a wonderful perennial herb. Last year, I was telling Lulu my wish to add tarragon to our herb garden. We were clueless about how to plant it. First, we made a big mistake when we bought Russian tarragon, which is very weak in flavor. The best is the French variety, but of course it is . It has a nice anise, "licorice-y" flavor. Anyway, now we have 4 beautiful French tarragon plants that are very vivacious. We have so much that I came up with a recipe for grilling summer vegetables that uses tarragon in two ways; first on the grill while I'm grilling the vegetables, and second as a tarragon-flavored vinaigrette. The result was, surprisingly, very nice.

I need some more ideas on how to use all the tarragon left I have. I'm open to any suggestions. I'll try to make your recipe and post a picture.


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Red Cabbage Salad with Poppy Seed and Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette Recipe

The crunch, the color; everything about this dish screams summer. Shredded red cabbage is a real eye grabber, and the vinaigrette helps brighten up the flavor of the dish. I flavored the vinaigrette with mustard, pickled garlic, sugar and a little sour cream for a velvety texture. I was inspired by my butter chicken recipe, where I fried onions, drained the oil, and mixed in sour cream. You don't have to add sour cream to the vinaigrette, but otherwise it's too healthy.


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Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Salad

05.25.09 by Jackie

Orzo is a rice shaped pasta that is very convenient for making salads. Just dice all the vegetables the same size as the orzo grains, add a vinaigrette, and you're all set. If you need meat in your meal, diced smoked turkey is a healthy and tasty option.

The reason I made this is that Lulu's family organized a fun picnic for Memorial weekend in Big Basin. It was a pot luck, and I volunteered to make the veggie dish. The orzo pasta salad is easy to make and easy to transport, which are both important considerations when you're planning a picnic. Just drizzle the vinaigrette when you're ready to eat.  Make it for your next family picnic or barbecue; it's guaranteed to be a hit!


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Creamy Gorgonzola Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe

I had some gorgonzola left over from the cheese soufflé I made yesterday, so I decided to make a salad dressing out of it. Instead of going for the obvious choice of making a bleu cheese dressing with the gorgonzola, I opted to make a ranch dressing. Ranch salad dressing is a blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and spices. Traditional mayonnaise calls for egg yolks but my 9-year-old- sister-in-law is deathly allergic to eggs so I substitute it with homemade vegenaise made with silken tofu.

This flavorful salad dressing meets everyone's diet restrictions in my home while still being delicious. I hope you will enjoy it as well.


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