I look so forward to the Thanksgiving meal every year. I roast a no fail Rosemary Turkey, my grandma’s Chicken and Dressing, my sister’s Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes, my mom’s Squash Casserole and Ambrosia, and my spin on turnip greens and corn soufflé. These menu items are non-negotiable and always present. But besides the greens and cranberry relish, this feast turns out looking pretty darn beige on the table! What do you say we invite a new side dish this Thanksgiving? You know…one that will impress your taste buds and add vibrant color to your plate! I created it a couple weeks ago, very much by accident, and immediately knew I was on to something.
MIXED GREENS WITH ROASTED SWEET POTATOES AND ONIONS, DRIED CRANBERRIES, GRANNY SMITH APPLES, TOASTED PECANS AND PARMESAN
Sound like rock stars, don’t they? That’s because these Three Saucy Babes are culinary rock stars!!! And with not a single “walk of shame” between them! They bring the kind of giddy “sauciness” to my cooking life that I simply can’t live without in my kitchen! Spiciness, sweetness, piquantness, freshness…each one adding their own fascinating and lively taste to the food I serve. And with such great variation! Are you in love yet? You ready to turn them up to 11 and rip off the knob??? (Ha!…my attempt at humor has me cracking myself up.)
Introducing Three Saucy Babes:
Salad Sauce (aka, my go-to salad dressing)
Good Goo-ka-moo-kee Sauce (aka, my favorite BBQ sauce that also doubles as a marinade)
Green Sauce (aka, “Holy Moly that’s awesome sauce”…not to be confused with Chimichurri Sauce)
PART ONE (of a 3 Part Mini Series)
SALAD SAUCE – The “salad sauce” is really a beautiful vinaigrette especially designed for a Greek Salad. I first became obsessed with it after seeing the recipe on the “How Sweet Eats” blog (her post is here) and have made it a staple in my fridge ever since! Hear me loud and clear when I say this is EVERYONE’s favorite salad sauce in my circle of friends and family! I’m always asked about it…by children, adults, parakeets…all walking and talking things really. So make it tonight…and “I told you so!”
There are nine very humbling, very beautiful ingredients in this salad sauce (aka, dressing) that will elevate ANY salad you make from here until eternity. Sure…you’ll wander off and flirt with the Green Goddess Buttermilk Dressing or dance with the Caesar Dressing…but you’ll never make those dressings your “go-to” salad sauce…your main squeeze…and this one, you will…
Salad Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of one large lemon
3 tbsp. good honey
4 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
1 tsp fresh dill weed (it’s ok to use dry dill if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients, except olive oil. Continue to whisk while streaming in the olive oil at the end. I have also been known to pop the ingredients in a bottle and simply shake them up. The salad sauce will be good to go sealed, in the fridge, for a week or so.
Use it with any salad combination your heart desires. I love the simplicity of this one made up of butter lettuce, radishes and shaved white carrots. This salad literally “sings” when combined with my salad sauce! Fresh, crisp, light and full of flavor!!! Think about it? Lemons, garlic, honey, a little vinegar and good oil and spices are the perfect summer playmates for your favorite bouquet of garden greens and veggies. Not to mention how quick and easy it is!
You may recall that I declared this dressing as a staple or “go-to” for me? You might even call it a building block in my kitchen. Almost every salad variation I make like my Orzo Salad (my niece, Cally’s, favorite) or my Shrimp Salad, uses this dressing as its “sauce”. What about grilled veggies mixed with crisp greens and crumbled candied bacon? Marinate the cut grilling vegetables like onions, squash and red peppers in some of the salad sauce before putting them on the hot grill; after grilling, toss them in more sauce and add to the crisp greens and bacon! I do this all summer long!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll share some of these salads recipes, as well as others, in upcoming blog posts…
Up next?…Saucy Babe #2! Good Goo-Ka-Moo-kee Sauce! Your barbecue will never be the same!!!!! This sauce will make sure of that!!!
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