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Best Dressing

With summer just around the corner, lighter meals are becoming increasingly appealing to Mike and I.

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The warmer months are so short where we live up north that we savor each moment and try to compensate by eating all the fresh summer veggies we can while they’re in season. In the throes of summer’s heat, it’s actually pretty common for us to marinade a whole bunch of different veggies, then throw them on the grill and call that dinner.

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This is my favorite all-purpose dressing, which often doubles as marinade in our house. I love it so much that at any point (especially during the warmer months) there’s usually a jar of it in my fridge. It’s a great dressing or marinade for grilled, steamed, or roasted veggies, as well as fish, chicken, and steak. It’s also delicious in pasta salads, bean salads, panzanella salad (Italian bread salad), or even just to dress a mix of salad greens.

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The kind of oil you use can take a dressing from good to amazing, so be sure to use good-quality extra virgin olive oil here. I go for one with a gorgeous green-gold color and a fruity, slightly peppery taste.

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Best Dressing
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Yield: About ¾ cup
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoon tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ small white onion, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated on a microplane
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Store refrigerated up to 1 week.

Here are a few of my other favorite homemade salad dressings…

Buttermilk Herb Dressing

Buttermilk Herb Dressing

Raspberry Dijon Vinaigrette

Raspberry Dijon Vinaigrette

Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

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    • says

      Nancy, This dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Do you mean would a pasta salad made with this dressing be ok if left outside for a few hours, like at a picnic or BBQ? If so, yes, it should be fine. There isn’t anything (like raw egg) in it that need to be refrigerated until eaten. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

  1. BusyBee says

    This dressing is aptly named; it is “the best”! I didn’t have poppy seeds so I substituted chia seeds. They were tasty and thickened the dressing a bit,but next time I’ll make sure to have poppy seeds on hand. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  2. George Edw. Seymour says

    Faith: Just posted this recipe to my Other Food and Drinks board, but was surprised that you said it would only keep for a week in the refrigerator. Why is that? Thanks, George

    • says

      George,

      Thanks so much for your interest in this recipe. Every time I make this dressing it’s gone within a week (I’m a big salad eater!), so I don’t know how much longer it will keep for, and I didn’t want to make a claim that I’m not sure of. If you make it and want to see how long it will last, please let me know what the result is. Hope you enjoy it!

      Best,

      Faith

    • says

      Hi Bonny, Thanks so much! This is my all-time favorite dressing. :)

      Seasoned salt is a mix of table salt, herbs, and spices; in addition to salt and black pepper, it contains herbs and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, celery salt, oregano, thyme, etc. (Sometimes it also has a little bit of sugar!) The only thing to look out for is to get a brand that doesn’t have MSG.

      I hope you enjoy this dressing if you give it a try!

    • says

      Mary, I haven’t tried this recipe with grapeseed oil, but I think it would be fine. I only ever use this dressing on top of salads, so as long as you like the flavor of grapeseed oil on your salad, it should work. Hope you like it if you give it a try!

  3. Valerie says

    This recipe was divine, the garlic and onion added a really nice flare to the salad, and i can imagine that this would be really good to pour over potatoes and then roast them to perfection which i will try very soon, i would blend this with rice even for a different take on flavour, and definitely salads!
    thank you for my new go to dressing!!

    • says

      Hope, Thank you so much! I don’t calculate calories or other nutritional information for my food, but there are several free online tools that will help you with this. Calorie Count is a pretty useful tool, and can be found here. I hope this helps and I like the dressing if you try it! :)

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