Now that warmer weather has arrived and people are working on their vegetable gardens, this will soon mean an abundance of fresh vegetables. With that in mind, fresh vegetables will mean salads will be making more appearances this summer at lunch and dinner. Fresh vegetables, especially home grown ones, are always full of good health and nutrition.
Naturally, you have to have a good salad dressing to go with the salad! There are many good ones on the market that you could choose from, though I'd like to pass along the ingredients for a homemade salad dressing that's really wonderful, which is for "Sara's Blue Cheese Dressing". This is a salad dressing that's a combination of creamy and chunky, with the chunks coming from the blue cheese.
This recipe goes together pretty fast and it should be made in advance to allow time to chill and thicken. You'll see in the recipe that it calls for buttermilk. This is an interesting ingredient to put in salad dressing and adds to the creaminess of the finished product. This recipe makes about 1 quart of the dressing and if you'd like a smaller amount, simply cut the proportions in half.
Make certain also that you use mayonnaise in this dressing and not "salad dressing"-type spreads (such as Miracle Whip) in this recipe. Any brand of mayonnaise will work in this dressing, so choose the brand you prefer. Either garlic salt or garlic powder can be used, depending on what you have on hand and if you prefer your dressing saltier or not. This stores well in the refrigerator if well covered.
If you're tastes are looking for a fruit salad, I gave a recipe for one sometime ago that's light, refreshing and uses fresh watermelon. To get it, go to this link:
The next time you're having a fresh garden salad, make this dressing and see if you won't start making your dressings from here on!
SARA'S BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
- 2 cups mayonnaise (no substitutes)
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 lb. blue cheese
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt or garlic powder
- a dash of sugar
Place mayonnaise and buttermilk into a mixing bowl. Add the blue cheese and beat with electric mixer until nearly smooth. Add seasonings and mix again. Cover and chill before serving as dressing thickens while chilling. Yield: about 1 quart.