Not one of Oprah’s best recommendations. From her show What Ya Cookin’, Nashville? back in 2003, I printed out a salad dressing recipe by a local home cook named Dee. “This garlicky salad dressing will add pep to all kinds of leafy greens!” Oprah raved! Hack, hack, it coated my tongue with oil and garlic. But it had good bones, so I reworked until I thought it was much better. And I renamed it because it was originally called “Sensation Salad Dressing,” and it wasn’t.
This recipe is also one-fourth the size given, still enough dressing for one crowd-sized salad, or maybe four nights of just Larry and me. It is handy to have a homemade dressing recipe because A) you run out, B) you get tired of what’s in the refrigerator door or C) arriving at a pot luck with salad dressing you made from scratch makes people think you are a good cook.
Take the recipe and change a few things yourself, it is OK. A tad Dijon mustard. Or minced fresh basil. A teensy speck of homegrown rosemary would be good, too.
Signature Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 4 ounces freshly grated Romano cheese
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1/8 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Combine all in a clean jar with screw-top cap, shake to blend. Store in the refrigerator, shake before dressing your salad. Makes 1 cup.