Monday, April 19, 2010

Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp mustard
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 of a small red onion; diced (depending on how spicy you want it) -if I do not have fresh onions in the house I pour in some dry chopped onions
1/2 cup canola oil

Put everything except the oil in the blender & pulse to combine & chop onion. Add oil and blend until well mixed & thick. Pour over salad right before serving.

This dressing is used on top of Craisin and Sugared Pecan Salad, which the recipe is below.

1 large head romaine lettuce; rinsed & chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup craisins (any flavor you like ex. original, cherry)
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
6 oz whole pecans
1/3 cup sugar

In a medium skillet heat pecans & sugar over medium heat, stirring to coat, until sugar has melted & adhered to pecans. Remove from heat, cool, chop. Combine all ingredients & toss.
(recipe adapted to my liking from

This dressing is such a delight and has become the favorite in our home. I make up a new batch each time we run out so we always have some on hand.