Grandpa Dressing (Salad)

"This is a childhood memory from when I grew up in Germany. Over the years my Dad has added a touch to it here and there. My kids just love this dressing. It originally was tossed with Boston Bib lettuce, but you can use it on most greens."
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  • In a jar with tight fitting lid, place first 7 ingredients.
  • Shake until well combined.
  • Wash and dry your greens.
  • Tear into bite size pieces.
  • Add dill, parsley and chives if using.
  • Pour dressing over all and toss gently.
  • Serve right away.
  • Don't let it sit, or your salad will turn soggy.
  • It can also be made omitting the garlic, but tastes better with it.
  • Serving suggestion includes the lettuce.

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  1. I have a rather fondness for salad dressings, and not the bottled kind either. So with this said, "Grandpa" must be the "salad-dressing-angel" because this is a wonderful dressing for greens that makes the taste burst into very tasty bites of deliciousness. I followed this exactly, and tossed on Recipe #58958, which just made me eat two helpings so I could slurp up the dressing until there was none left! Yummy! Made for Everyday is a Holiday May 2009
  2. This is a FABULOUS dressing - and I know why! It is the Maggi seasoning, I have a German potato salad recipe that uses Maggi seasoning and the flavour is similar to this dressing. I added the optional parsley and we dressed a Batavia lettuce with this, and added some minced red onions and tomatoes. A lovely and very unique salad dressing, thanks Lori! FT:-)
  3. I absolutely love this recipe. I have made it in a millions variations. I have used different kinds of vinegar and oils. I have added minced shallots and I have used dried herbs instead of the fresh. I always use less sugar because I am not a fan of the sweet however, I love garlic so I always add more. Thank you for this recipe.
  4. This was such a different tasting dressing. Obviously it was the liquid maggi that was making the difference. Wow!! I just mixed it with some spring greens to have with my wrap. I too only used 1 tsp of sugar. I don't think I have ever used the Maggi either in anything and I loved it. I will be making this dressing again soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe Lori Mama we loved it.
  5. This was really easy and delicious. I have never used Maggi before, but managed to get my hands on some. I'm sure it was the key ingredient, so I'm glad I did find it. I only used 1 t. sugar and followed the rest of the ingredients precisely. Thanks for sharing this!


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