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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Salad Dressings

The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include le...
The closeup of a salad. Ingredients include lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, cucumber, runner beans, mushrooms and yellow peppers with parmesan cheese on top and a dressing of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, mint and parsley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

Salad dressings don't have a long shelf life, but they make an interesting gift packaged with, say, a head of lettuce and a few nice red tomatoes. Your recipient will have to make use of both the dressing and the greens fairly quickly. Don't shop for your salad fixings at the supermarket: visit an organic or regular market for fresher and cheaper produce!



LOW CALORIE TOMATO DRESSING

You will need:

1 six-ounce can of tomato juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
1 tablespoon grated carrot
1 teaspoon calamansi or lemon juice

½ teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper

Here's how:

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to jars or cruets and store in the refrigerator until ready to give away. Shake before using.

Yield: 1 cup
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Storage time: 3 days, refrigerated
Packaging ideas: Place jar or cruet of salad dressing with a head of lettuce plus your choice of tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber in a basket of salad bowl. Be sure to attach a tag that indicates refrigeration and immediate consumption.


You will need:

¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, green onions
   or a combination of these)
¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper

Here's how:

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to jars or cruets and store in refrigerator until ready to give away. Shake before using.

Yield: 1 cup
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Storage time: 3 days, refrigerated
Packaging ideas: Place jar or cruet of salad dressing with a head of lettuce plus your choice of tomatoes, carrots and cucumber in a basket or salad bowl. Be sure to attach a tag that indicates refrigeration and immediate consumption.










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