Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Radical Cooking - Magic Salad Dressing




Beyond the take out box...
Better, faster, fresher, cheaper and healthier!



Magic Salad Dressing
From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms
http://www.cheesecakefarms.com/

Home Made Salads are
"Magic!"

Here's a little recipe you'll use often because it's oh, so easy and oh, so cheap. 

But the best part is that it magically tastes different on every salad so you can make one batch and use it on several different salads served at the same meal. 

That's pretty radical cooking!!

We call it our "Magic Salad Dressing".

It's lighter in fat and calories than regular salad dressings plus it's loaded with pro-biotics for an extra helping of good health.  So ditch those expensive, bottled salad dressings and whip up a little magic.


Magic Salad Dressing

Makes about 1/2 cup

1/4 cup cooked salad dressing (like Miracle Whip)
1/4 cup plain kiefer (see Karla's Tip #1 below)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar (see Karla's Tip #2 below)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste - we like 1/4 teaspoon)

Whisk everything together.  That's it!!

Keeps about 1 week in the fridge.


Strawberries on
crispy greens waiting
for a little "magic"
Karla's Tip #1 - Kiefer
Kiefer tastes like thin yogurt. It come in bottles and is available in the dairy case of most grocery stores.

Like yogurt, kiefer is a healthful - probiotic food. Yogurt typically is made with 1 to 3 cultures. Kiefer is typically made with 20 or more.

Can't find kiefer? You can use thin (pour-able) plain yogurt or cultured butter milk. Like yogurt, kiefer also comes flavored. Use plain kiefer for the basic magic recipe.

Feel like experimenting? 
Use the flavored kiefers for fruit salad dressings.


Karla's Tip #2 - Sugar
For the best flavor and texture, we like regular white sugar but you can use brown sugar, honey, agave or artificial sweeteners. Each of them may require an adjustment in the amount you add to the recipe.

The sugar gives the dressing a tang so when substituting, make sure you have a tangy taste before pouring the dressing on your salad.

Regarding artificial sweeteners, we do not think anyone should be eating them.

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Magic Pasta Salad
How to Put Some "Magic" into Your Salads

Potato Salad - Pour dressing over cooled, cooked potatoes.  Add celery, Vidalia onion, carrot, cooked egg or whatever else you like in your potato salad.

Cole Slaw - Pour dressing over shredded cabbage.  Add shredded carrot, celery seed - even pineapple tidbits and sunflower seeds or toasted pecans.

Broccoli Salad - Pour dressing over finely chopped broccoli florets and/or peeled, shredded stalks.  Add some raisins, currants or dried cranberries and some sunflower seeds.

Carrot Salad - Pour dressing over shredded carrots.  Add some raisins and/or pineapple tidbits and a handful of sunflower seeds.

Pasta Salad - Toss cooked pasta with your favorite veggies and "Magic" dressing.  To make it a main dish meal, add cooked meat, chicken, salmon, tuna, or shrimp - even cooked egg.  How about salami, cheese and marinated artichokes?  Or grated lemon peel and black olives?  Yum!  

Tossed Salad - Drizzle over your favorite tossed salad.  To jazz up the dressing add a little of one of the following to taste:  horseradish, curry, fresh or dried dill, ketchup and relish, crumbled bacon.

Fruit Salad - Drizzle over your favorite fruit or gourmet up the dressing by adding one of the following to taste: pureed strawberries, blueberries or peaches, honey, finely grated lemon or orange peel, mashed ripe bananas.

Cold, Poached Salmon - Spoon over the fish then pile on seeded, chopped cucumber and fresh dill or halved cherry tomatoes and some bread crumbs that have been pan toasted in butter or olive oil.

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