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Better-From-Scratch Salad Dressings

June/July 2018 Issue
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Skip the bottled stuff and turn instead to one of these delicious dressings that can be whipped up in minutes. They’re great on salad greens and everything from chicken to shrimp, too.

  • blue cheese dressing
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    Blue Cheese Dressing

    This classic dressing, rich in body and flavor, is amazing on salad, but also try it as a topping on baked potatoes.
  • Carrot Ginger Dressing
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    Japanese-Style Carrot-Ginger Dressing

    The fresh, sweet, zesty flavors of this dressing make it an easy match for grilled or roasted vegetables, but give it a try as a topping for oysters on the half-shell, too.
  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
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    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    This dressing improves with time. The flavor is best if you can let it sit for at least an hour before serving. Serve with chicken legs, salmon, and—oh, yeah—salad.
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    Honey-Mustard Dressing

    The punch of this dressing relies on the brand of Dijon you use (and they can vary wildly). If you’re looking to increase the heat, add a pinch or two of dry mustard. For a real treat, use the dressing to baste peaches, nectarines, or apricots on the grill.
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    Green Goddess Dressing

    Green goddess dressing is good on almost anything and is always great as a dip. Try it in place of hollandaise on asparagus or eggs Benedict.
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    French Dressing

    If French dressing is one of your favorites, keep this recipe at the ready; it’s destined to become your go-to. Apple-cider vinegar, celery seed, and dry mustard make its flavor a cut above the rest. Besides the obvious, use it as a dip or spread for grilled cheese sandwiches.
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    Avocado Ranch Dressing

    Avocado provides the creamy richness of mayonnaise in this dressing. I’ve also added some arugula for a bitter balance. Try it with crudités and chicken wings or use it in wraps.
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    Black & Blue Cheese Dressing

    Freshly cracked black peppercorns add depth and complexity to this creamy dressing. Use a spice grinder or adjustable pepper mill on the largest setting to crack whole ones.
  • tamarind carrot ginger dressing
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    Tamarind-Ginger Carrot Dressing

    This dressing has a slightly mellower flavor than its close cousin, Japanese-Style Carrot-Ginger Dressing. Try it as a marinade for chicken, seafood, or pork.
  • Rosemary Honey Mustard Dressing
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    Lemon-Rosemary Honey-Mustard Dressing

    Adding herbs and zest to the warm honey helps to release their fragrant essential oils and flavor. This is a can’t-miss drizzled on creamy burrata.
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    Sweet & Spicy French Dressing

    Bitters add depth and balance to this dressing. I use celery bitters in everything from this dressing to Bloody Marys to beef stew and gravy. Delicate with a zing, this dressing is great with grilled or broiled fish.
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