Sunday, September 2, 2012

Simple Sweet Salad Dressing

I am part of the Hospitality and Staff Appreciation Committees at my middle daughter's elementary school. To show our appreciation to our staff, we (PTO) provide lunch for them once a month. The staff seems to really love this monthly opportunity to gather together and enjoy lunch. Several of the teachers commented that the lunch is so much more than just good food. It's a chance for them to visit and build community. They go back to their classrooms with full bellies and refreshed spirits. It's my pleasure to be able to give them this gift on a monthly basis.

We had our first lunch of the school year this past Friday. We had a Sandwich Bar with chicken salad and a ham and cheese plate with mini croissants and bakery breads. We asked for parent donations for desserts, chips, pop, and water.

I made a large simple greens tossed salad with this Simple Sweet Salad Dressing to go with lunch for the day. My salad had green leaf lettuce, red bibb lettuce, a few handfuls of broccoli slaw, sliced carrots, garden fresh tomatoes, and cucumbers. The broccoli slaw gives the salad a nice crunch and texture without adding too many new flavors into the salad. 

The recipe originally came from my Mother in Law who got the recipe from her high school home economics class. I love this recipe because it's so easy to put together. It has just 4 ingredients, and I almost always have all four ingredients on hand in my pantry.  The dressing is light, slightly sweet, and is the perfect accompaniment to a bed of simple greens.  It's amazing how this dressing can make a bed of leaf lettuces taste like something you might pay a lot of money for at Panera or another cafe.  The dressing will keep in the frig for a week or two.

Here's the recipe:

Simple Sweet Salad Dressing
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together in a jar with a tight lid. Shake until well blended. Serve over your favorite salad greens.

What's your favorite homemade salad dressing recipe?

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