April 3, 2011

Easy Salad Dressing

I needed a salad to bring to a dinner party. The main course was clam chowder, so I wanted something light for the salad dressing. I love clam chowder,  but I didn't want the whole dinner to be too rich and creamy. I found a quick, easy and "bright" dressing online and made minor adjustments. Lemon juice replaces vinegar in this dressing which makes it just different enough than a vinaigrette to keep things nice and interesting. The garlic adds a great depth of flavor. (If you are not into garlic, substitute with something you like and post the variation in the comments!) The salad was a hit!

Lemon, Garlic and Olive Oil Dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp salt
  1. Add all ingredients to a container with a tightly sealing lid.
  2. Shake contents vigorously until the oil is well-incorporated, about 1 minute.
  3. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.
This recipe makes a large batch. Store remaining dressing in the refrigerator.

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