🥬 The Amish and Salad Dressing
Amish gardens are usually bursting with lettuce, salad-worthy carrots, radishes, onions, and more. In fact, almost the entire Amish garden is a salad in soil. But you can't eat these goodies without dressing.
Okay, MOST people can't stomach a salad without dressing. I had an in-law that will NOT eat salad with dressing. Something about the texture. So she'll eat dry, crunchy lettuce salads. No thanks. To me, a salad is not salad without an amazing dressing. Bleu cheese is probably my singular favorite, but kudos to ranch and vinegarette. Still, other creamier dressings forged from experimenting and testing and trying are probably the most amazing of all.
The Amish do eat salad dressing. Salads are a common part of Amish meals, and they often use their own homemade dressings. Some popular Amish salad dressings include sweet and sour dressing, celery seed dressing, and vinaigrette. These dressings are typically made with simple ingredients like vinegar, oil, sugar, and spices.
Salad dressing is a relatively new addition to Amish cuisine. In the past, the Amish would have typically eaten their salads without dressing. However, as they have become more exposed to the outside world, they have adopted some new culinary traditions.
Amish salad dressings are typically made with simple ingredients and are relatively healthy. They are a good way to add flavor and moisture to salads. If you are looking for a healthy and flavorful salad dressing, you may want to try an Amish recipe.
📋 Step-by-Step Salad Dressing
Most Amish Cooks would use romance or iceberg lettuce. This dressing could be used with spinach also. Just depends on your taste. You can do this whole recipe in a bowl with a whisk, no need for a blender.
Homemade is almost always better than store-bought and this homemade French dressing is no different, I think. You can add your own tweaks. A bit of onion powder, garlic powder, or a dab of dijon mustard is a nice addition to this homemade French dressing recipe.
Carmon Hacker, a great friend of Amish365.com, from Trenton, Ohio shares one of her favorite dressings with us, one you can smother on that Amish lettuce and those tomatoes. Oh, and - this is just me - but you HAVE to have some component of cheese, shredded cheese, on your salad. Okay, back to Carmon. She shares this dressing recipe with us and it sounds amazing. She invited me to stop by and try it, but I was elsewhere so, unfortunately, I missed. Good news, I'll get to make it myself.
Here is what Carmon has to say about the dressing:
This is one of my all-time favorite homemade dressings. Both sweet and tangy, with a velvety smooth texture, it is a perfect accompaniment to any salad and is even delicious drizzled on fresh fruit. Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, I remember that this was often the house dressing for local steakhouses, and sometimes they would serve it with crumbled bleu cheese for a wonderful burst of flavor!
Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge. Make it look old-fashioned by storing in a mason jar.
🥗 More Amish Salad Recipes
SWEET AND SOUR SALAD DRESSING - Delicious!
FOUR AMISH CHURCH SALADS - These are all staples of church suppers.
🖨️ Full Recipe
Delicious Homemade French Dressing
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ⅔ cup ketchup
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 Tbsp. finely minced onion
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. each salt and black pepper
- 1 tsp. dry mustard (or 1 Tbsp. regular prepared mustard)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir with a wire whisk. (The oil will not mix in completely at firs tor.
- Next, place the mixture in a jar with a lid, which will allow you to shake it just before serving it,
- refrigerate at least an hour before serving.
- Store in refrigerator.