Basque Salad

"When I lived in Elko, Nevada, I dined at the local Basque houses quite regularly. The meals are served "family style" and every meal begins with soda bread, cabbage soup, and a green salad. I got this recipe from a former co-worker who use to work at one of the Basque houses, so it's a pretty authentic recipe. It is simple, but has a lot of flavor, especially if you like garlic! This salad is best served with chicken or steak."
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  • Mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • Lightly drizzle the dressing over fresh salad greens and toss until evenly coated.
  • It is a very strong and flavorful dressing, so you may want to play around with the amount of dressing you add to suit your personal taste.
  • Caution: Do not mix the salad dressing with the salad greens until you are ready to eat or the greens will wilt.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Christine E.
    OMG ???? This is the BEST salad dressing! It's better with it iceberg lettuce and a touch of fresh ground black pepper. It's also amazing on a baked potato and pasta salad!
  2. dianazampini3
    This seems like too much vinegar? Haven't tried the recipe.
  3. VegasMelody
    I've lived in Nevada for 18 years and I've never heard of this salad. Personally this sounds like an ordinary run of the mill toss salad. The salad I discovered coming here was a fully loaded barbecue ranch salad.


  1. aaaamediator
    I am from Elko and have looked for years for the Star Dinner House salad dressing recipe. I knew as soon as I smelled the dressing this was the one. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My search is over.
  2. Brelovewilson
    I have lived in Elko over 10 yrs. I have always wanted to find out the recipe to the basque salad dressing and this is it! Thanks so much for sharing. It is amazing! Now if you can find The Stars brown bean recipe and share it my husband would be over the moon:)
  3. Naomie In Castaic
    Almost identical recipe to what my Austrian parents would make, except they used way more garlic. Either way, I grew up eating this and I just love it. Thanks for posting as I learned to make by taste and feel and not actual measurements. Now this is something to share, thank you!!!
  4. andi1944_9139872
    I have been going to the Star Basque Resturant in Elko, NV. for years. I always buy this dressing to take home. I made a salad for a pot-luck party at work. This was a HIT with anyone who ate it. Thanks so much. Now I can have it at home anytime. Several people I work with have asked for it. I have printed 6 of this recipes for them....
  5. patchesor
    This was very good. I adjusted recipe for fewer people. Used sour cream as suggested by another review, less cider vinegar, less olive oil and no mayo. Added Feta + olives for some. Others egg+fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano S&P.


  1. GlobsterMan
    Substituting whole fat sour cream saves calories and blends well with the garlic sources and the apple cider vinegar. It is no longer authentic but I hope to be forgiven.
  2. Naomie In Castaic
    Added much more garlic.



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