Creamy Salad Dressing

About this Recipe

Usually when we have "family get-together meals", we each like to each bring a food item to contribute. We are delighted to share this tasty creamy salad dressing recipe from Merel's kitchen. The salad she brought along to serve with the dressing was colorful and inspirational. There are so many options when making salads and this one has colorful baby greens, sweet orange bell peppers, cucumbers and fresh tomatoes.

Nuts and seeds add protein and texture to a salad and this one has both raw cashews and sprouted buckwheat. The sprouted buckwheat is something you may or may not be familiar with. Buckwheat is a fruit seed, and a relative to rhubarb and sorrel and it is gluten-free.

Merel suggested that she likes to use this dressing when she makes a potato salad as well as with green salads.

Grandmother's Kitchen Tips for Creamy Salad Dressing

1. Choose good quality ingredients. Always select an oil that you like the flavor of when making salad dressing. This recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil, but you can substitute a virgin olive oil, or even a grapeseed oil for a lighter flavor.

2. The recipe below has very light amounts of seasonings but if you want more kick in the flavor you can always increase the curry powder, tumeric and the garlic. Be mindful when you are making salad dressings, to start out as the recipe suggests then add the spices or herbs in very tiny increments as you can always add more after a little taste test.



Makes just a bit less than 1 cup

1/3 cup sour cream

1/3 cup mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons extra ­virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

1 small garlic clove minced or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch curry powder

pinch ground turmeric

pinch freshly ground black pepper


1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until creamy smooth.

2. Transfer to a jar with a lid and keep refrigerated until using.

Just what is the difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?

Miracle whip is a product that is produced by Kraft Foods. It is very popular because of its distinct flavor. Kraft Miracle whip has been around since 1933 where it was introduced at the Chicago World's Fair. It is not actually a mayonnaise because to make mayonnaise you need a minimum of 65% vegetable oil by weight in the product.

Kraft keeps Miracle Whip's exact oil content a secret but the company confirms it is too low to meet the mayo standard. What makes it different is that it contains the key ingredients for mayonnaise: (egg, soybean oil, vinegar, water) but Miracle Whip sets itself apart with a sweet, spicy flavor that many people enjoy more than mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce made of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings. It's not the same as salad dressing.

Salad dressing generally does contain egg yolks.

There are many brands of Mayonnaise and they all have their own distinct flavors. The flavors vary with whatever oil base is used, plus what spices get added. You can like one brand of Mayonnaise and very much dislike the next. It really becomes a process of buying and trying to find the one that ultimately makes it into your refrigerator on a regular basis.

Avocado has made its way into the Mayonnaise jars along with the more common varieties made with soybean and olive oils. The popularity with Miracle Whip lies in the sweet creamy flavor it adds. Miracle whip has also been popular because the some of the fats used in mayonnaise are not present in Miracle Whip, but the downside is it does contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Bottom line with Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip is that each one has it's own following of devoted food fans and often it is a love-hate relationship to one or the other!

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