3 salad dressing recipes that are anything but boring

August 26, 2016
by Radoslaw Holewa Tips and Tricks

    Ain’t no thing but a well dressed salad, honey. 

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    Sometimes, your cooking can feeling a little staid and same same. But, in good news, a little flourish is all you need to bring a boring salad or a snooze-fest steak out of the doldrums and into Flavortown™. These three salad dressing recipes are guaranteed to surprise your tastebuds and transform your lunch, side or dinner into a feast for the senses. Now it’s just a matter of which to make first!

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    Basil & Chilli dressing

    makes about 1 cup

    • 1 chopped green chilli (with or without seeds depending on how spicy you want it)
    •  ½ cup rocket leaves
    • ½ cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • ½ teaspoon f‏inely grated lemon zest
    • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
    •  ½ teaspoon sugar
    • salt and black pepper

    Purée chilli, rocket, mint, vegetable oil, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar in a blender until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper. Great with chicken and steak or a big slice of haloumi.

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    Pawpaw & Tarragon dressing

    • 12 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped tarragon
    • 13 cup honey
    • 12 tsp. dry English mustard
    • 34 tsp. salt
    • 34 cup olive oil
    • 12 tbsp. pawpaw seeds (from about 12 papaya)
    • 12 large shallot, minced
    • 1 clove garlic


    In a blender, combine the apple cider vinegar, tarragon, honey, English mustard and salt. Add the olive oil in and keep pulsing until to have a fine paste.

    Now things get interesting! Add in the pawpaw seeds, shallot and garlic, and pulse until the seeds are coarsely chopped. Perfect for freshening up a green garden salad.

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    Soy & Peanut dressing

    makes about 1 cup

    • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
    • water, as needed
    • salt and black pepper

    Whisk peanut butter, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and soy sauce in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in water until dressing has the consistency of heavy cream (around ¼–½ cup); season with salt and pepper. Perfect for dressing noodles or marinating tofu.

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    Let us know your favourite salad dressing in the comments! Got a ripper of a recipe? Share it with us! xo

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