A Caesar salad snob? That would be me. Really? Yes, and we are moving on.
I would love to create a beautiful Caesar dressing but so far NOT. For now, I stick with the bottle. Ooops…who said that? Sometimes my bottle is better than a restaurants homemade. Sad but true. You don’t want to know how many Caesar’s I have returned to the kitchen because of bad dressing and I don’t care to remember. That’s in the past.
Blue Cheese is my second favorite dressing. I make a beautiful Blue. I can also do a wicked “Thousand Island” - my third favorite. Thousand Island was my mother’s dressing of choice so growing up, that’s what we had. The entire family still loves it.
I am happy that I can actually make these two dressings because unlike Caesar, there are no good blue cheese and thousand island bottles out there. I guess it works out for the best - funny how that happens.
My favorite blue cheese begins with a quality hunk of the cheese. The brand in my grocery store dairy case in the plastic container is nasty. Sorry but it’s true. If I had to use that, I would rather do the bottle and save myself the work. I prefer King’s Choice. You will need ½ cup crumbled. Did you know that you can freeze cheese? Yep. Works great.
Garlic is next. 1 TLBS. I absolutely love garlic in everything. When I bake fresh asparagus with fresh garlic and butter, Mr. Smith can smell it in the driveway…so he says. I go overboard with the fresh garlic on most everything but with this dressing NOT. Just doesn’t work. Stick with 1 TLBS. That is all you will need.
Mayo, 1 cup. Sour cream ½ cup. Mr. Smith will only eat the Duke’s. He is funny that way. I can eat Duke’s, Hellman’s or Kraft - doesn’t matter. Use what you like. I normally buy the generic sour cream but if you have a preference go with it. Add ¼ cup of dried parsley, 1 TLBS of lemon juice, pepper to taste and wa-la we have art!
Now you are ready to dip something in and taste. If you like it, you scored the big one. If not, well you have some tweaking to do. I did lots of tweaks in the beginning but this is where I found love. This is great on salads, hot wings and as a dip for veggies and crackers. Very versatile. Be prepared to share this recipe.
Speaking of salads…my go-to salad base is very simple. A 50/50 mix of green leaf lettuce and iceberg with a few finely chopped green onions thrown in. Once you have the base, add what you like. It is very adaptable and very beautiful. Enjoy!
Tomorrow is the start of a new day