Sunday, January 21, 2024

Old fashioned Cream Dressing for Salads

 I actually posted about this dressing a few years ago, but I've since played with it a lot.  I've mixed various vinegar's in with it, and changed the flavors up quite a bit.  

Why am I talking about this again?  Well, it's time to get back into the baking/cooking saddle again and I'm part of a group that posts fun stuff, called Funday Sunday.

So here it is:   

Well, mostly here it is.  As I said I've played with it a lot, and changed it up and gotta say, that the original way is still the most tasty way, although, there is one that came pretty close.  

I actually made up four separate batches of this, measuring out each one, and here they are from worst (IMHO) to best.    I had some Bibb Lettuce and took out three leaves for each plate.   I also used the 'winners' on a lettuce and tomato salad.  Just for fun, and since I had some in the fridge, I decided it might be fun to try.

I'm using a lot of Monkfruit sweeteners these days, so decided to use it in place of the sugar in the original recipe.  And ummm, while it tasted good, I think real sugar might just be the way to go here.

I used the same quantity on each one.   1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream - 1/2 teaspoon Monkfruit sweetener, and 1 tablespoon each of the various vinegar's.    This taste test was fun too.  And I ate my veggies along the way. 

Cream Salad Dressings

First one I did was using the pickling liquid from a jar of Kalamata Olives.  This was a major miss.  Meh on the taste.  If I'd added some finely minced Kalamata olives, I bet it would have tasted better. 

Cream Dressing with Kalamata

The second I used the pickling liquid from a jar of pickled beets, and wow was it colorful.  It also had a lovely flavor, not quite beet, but nice.  

Beet Cream Dressing


The third one I used the pickling liquid from a jar of Bread and Butter Pickles.   Not much flavor from the pickles, but still not bad.

Cream Dressing with Bread and Butter liquid


The last one, was the more traditional dressing.  Again, I used the same measurements for each one.  This one I used Rice Wine Vinegar and a half teaspoon of real sugar.  This dressing thickened the most and was more of a vinaigrette dressing.  

Classic Cream Dressing

I then decided to try two of the dressings out on a simple lettuce and tomato salad.  Well, the two that I decided were the most flavorful. 
The classic on sliced tomato and lettuce.  It had more of a vinaigrette leaning and honestly, tasted pretty darn good.  I think you could add fresh herbs to this, to take it over the top again. 

Classic Cream Dressing on Lettuce and Tomato

And the beet one.  Which while it tasted ok, it just did not look right.  The pink of the beet clashed and fought with the red of the tomato.  I guess you could eat this one in the dark, but...

Cream Beet Dressing on Lettuce and Tomato Salad

Take a look at some of the other fun dressings the Sunday Funday group shared.

Palatable Pastime: Blue Cheese Salad Dressing 

Mayuri's Jikoni: Cranberry Salad Dressing 

A Day in the Life on the Farm: Homemade Celery Seed Dressing 

Sneha's Recipe: Keto Vegan Passion Fruit Sour Cream Dressing 

Amy's Cooking Adventures: Chicken Caesar Salads with Homemade Caesar Dressing 

Bloggetti: Easy Homemade Greek Salad Dressing 

Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking: Old-Fashioned Cream Dressing for Salads 

Culinary Cam: Basic Vinaigrette and Variations

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