This is my favorite homemade dressing. My Mom made it for years and I finally got the recipe from her. Every time I bring a friend dinner I include a salad with a Mason jar of this dressing. It is always a favorite and goes well on top of any salad. I love it most on a bed of Romain with toasted pecans, Swiss cheese, apple slices and Craisins. But I switched it up and tried it on our new favorite play on a Cobb salad.
I don’t make this dressing a ton because it does have quite a bit of sugar in it. We usually stick to olive oil and some type of vinegar. But when Mikey and I were first married I made this salad on the regular (probably part of the reason why we gained our version of the freshman 15 our first year of marriage. It was more like the newlywed 20).
It is a delicious dressing that makes any salad exciting. It is a super simple and great vinaigrette to throw together quickly or to give as a gift with a meal.
I didn’t eat salad as a child and I’m pretty positive this dressing was the first time I ever ate salad and liked it. I drowned my Romain in it and voila’ vegetables disappeared from my plate. It’s like pouring chocolate sauce on your vegetables…but still, the green in the veggies cancel out the sugar…right?
I am so glad that the 4th of July is this weekend. It is making this week crawl by, but I’m pumped for some relaxing fun in the sun with friends. Let the crazy-busy whirlwind of July commence. I’m looking forward to the chaos that is descending because it is filled with exciting things like weddings and babies and family/friend celebrations.
Mikey and I received some tragic news about one of his family members and at the wake last night I was blindsided by the realization that we can not predict the future, let alone the next minute of our lives. My mind has been reeling about how we need to love hard and let those whom we love know it as often as possible. Nothing is promised to us and we have to cherish every moment we are blessed with on this earth. We have so much to be grateful for and sometimes it takes someones tragedy to open our eyes to the reality around us. Call someone you haven’t’ talked to in a while and tell them you love them. Hug someone a little tighter and kiss a little longer. Life is beautiful, don’t take advantage of any moment you’re blessed with!
Poppy Seed Vinagrette
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Red Wine/Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Finely Diced Red Onion
2-3 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1/3 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cup Oil (Veg, Canola or Olive)
Combine All ingredients except the oil and whisk together until combined. Once incorporated, slowly whisk in the oil and continue until the vinaigrette is lighter in color and combined completely. Let sit for about an hour for best taste, and overnight for even better flavor. The longer it sits the better it will taste! I store mine in a Mason jar and shake very well before serving.
Serve over a salad and enjoy.
For the Bomb Salad:
4 Cups Romain (I used 1 1/2 heads of Romain) Sliced.
1 Hard Boiled Egg, Chopped
1 Roma Tomato, Chopped
1/4 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
2 Tablespoons Red Onion, Diced
Top with about 1/8 Cup of dressing and toss to coat well, adding more dressing if needed.