Frequently, my grandparents took us to a little restaurant after church near downtown Geneva, AL. It was a small restaurant that probably qualified for hole-in-wall status. The details of the decor and menu have escaped my memory files. The only bit of memory that remains is a side green salad with French-style Dressing served with saltine crackers. The salad dressing is memorable. Salad was just a delivery vehicle for it. At that young age, green salad wasn’t high on my list of favorite things to eat. I liked them alright, but I would rather eat a cooked vegetable than a green salad. The fact that the only thing I remember from that restaurant is the salad dressing is a clear indicator of how good it tasted. It might have been commercially prepared, for all I know. Or maybe the combination of the salad dressing and saltines crackers was the perfect flavor combination.
Homemade salad dressings are unbelievably easy. For French-style Salad Dressing, you need a bowl, whisk, ingredients and storage containers. The ingredients are common. Chances are high you have all of them at any given time.
Use this dressing as a meat marinade. Brush it on chicken or fish before grilling. Add a small amount to eggs before scrambling. Mix with mayonnaise for a sandwich spread. Add it to your Fruit Loops for adventure eating. Don’t hold back! Push the limits.
In memory of my grandparents who introduced me to French-style Salad Dressing, I’m happy to share my homemade version with you. Drizzle some on a green salad and have some saltine crackers with it. My grandparents will nod in approval.
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French-style Salad Dressing
yield: approximately one pint
Make this once and you’ll wonder why you don’t make homemade dressings all the time. It’s made with ordinary ingredients and will keep in your refrigerator for weeks. Shake or stir before serving. For best flavor, let it sit overnight before serving.
1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Taste for seasonings and adjust.
Place in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.
- French-style Salad Dressing
- yield: approximately one pint
- Make this once and you'll wonder why you don't make homemade dressings all the time. It's made with ordinary ingredients and will keep in your refrigerator for weeks. Shake or stir before serving. For best flavor, let it sit overnight before serving.
- 1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until well incorporated. Taste for seasonings and adjust.
- Place in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.