Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

This goes well with the “Fine Salad” recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes | Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1/4 sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (this is about 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Process 2/3 cup light olive oil and remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week; serve at room temperature.

Notes:

Recipe Origin: I believe it is based on an old Southern Living recipe, but I’ve tweaked it and cut the sugar.

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Salsa

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield:

Ingredients:

  • 6-9 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 can chopped green chilis
  • 3 tsp minced onion
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • jalapeño, minced
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper, each
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

Directions:

  1. Combine, chill and serve.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  No idea.

Cucumber Mint Raita

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • One large (or two medium) cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and seeded, then grated
  • 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • 10 large mint leaves, thinly sliced (can sub cilantro)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place grated cucumber in a sieve and press with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Alternatively, you can place the grated cucumber in the middle of a clean tea towel, wrap the towel around the cucumber and wring out the excess moisture.
  2. Stir spices and mint into yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir in the grated cucumber. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes: Great with grilled meat in the summertime, and with pita bread.

Recipe Origin:  No idea.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Prep Time: ? minutes | Cook Time: ? minutes | Total Time: ? minutes | Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine or red wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In screw-top jar, combine all ingredients and shake jar vigorously. Make it your own:

    Add fresh herbs, garlic or shallots or swap in orange juice for some of the vinegar.

Notes:

Recipe Origin:  No idea.

Quick Tartar Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes | Yield:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ TBSP sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBSP minced red onion
  • 1-2 TBSP lemon juice, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Notes:

Recipe Origin: No idea.