Warm Bacon Dressing


This weekend I made the most fabulous dressing to accompany a warm salmon salad. It was so good I decided to use it again today for lunch with my warm spinach and sausage salad. Are you seeing a trend here? I didn’t intend to but I kept cooking the dressing down, adding more balsamic, and…

Balsamic Vinaigrette


updated 2.5.2018 I couldn’t believe it when I realized I had never written a blog on balsamic vinaigrette. I thought balsamic vinaigrette was one of few dressings I’ve ever made. (Turns out I’ve made Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette.) I made this recipe specifically for a Spinach and Strawberry Salad but have used it on many salads…

Ancho Chili Ranch Dressing


updated 1.16.18 To pep up your basic Ranch Dressing recipe, I added ancho chili powder and smoked paprika. This recipe is inspired by dressing served when I worked as a bartender at The Chancery in Wisconsin. I could drink that stuff by the glassful. Warning: it’s addicting. I thought took a plastic container full to…

Homemade Ranch Dressing


Having spent 10 years working in the restaurant industry at two different restaurants each of which made its own homemade dressings, I’ve always been in awe of and drawn to homemade dressings. I can spot a store-bought dressing a mile away and can’t stand when I’m served store-bought dressing when I’m eating out. Especially Hidden…

Buttermilk-Basil Dressing


Toss cherry tomatoes in this dressing for an easy summer salad. ingredients. 2/3 c. sour cream 1/4 c. buttermilk 3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 2 T. minced fresh parsley 1 shallot, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper, to taste directions. Place all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake until well…

Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette


I’m not at all a fan of mustard – yellow, Dijon, or any fancy-schmancy kind you can buy at your local market. However, this vinaigrette is definitely fabulous. At least when used to dress up Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Salad. ingredients. 3/4 c. apple cider or apple juice 2 T. vinegar 2 T. minced…

Blue Cheese Dressing


Updated 2.10.2018 I never liked blue cheese dressing until I worked at the Cheesecake Factory and tried their homemade version. Since then I’ve been obsessed with any kind of homemade blue cheese dressing (when I can find it). I’m hoping to someday find a recipe comparable to the Cheesecake Factory’s. So of course when I…