The Ospidillo Cafe Italian Salad Dressing

"I always offer two dressings on the table here at The Ospidillo Cafe; The Stone Pipe Inn Salad Recipe #136181 and this one. When I place salads on the table, my guests typically query, "Where's that good salad dressing that you make?" I just point to the two carafes and about half take one and half take the other; they taste nothing alike."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
Ingredients:
12
Yields:
3 cups
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ingredients

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directions

  • Blend all ingredients in a mixer for 20 minutes. (I use a KitchenAid mixer on speed setting number 2).
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • When dressing gets too cold it will solidify somewhat, due to the olive oil, so allow it to set out 1/2 hour or so if this happens.
  • Also, I prefer to use Tupelo honey when I have it available which is much higher quality in flavor than regular clover honey.
  • For the Italian spices, I use 2 teaspoons of Dee514's Italian Blend Spice Mix Recipe #38293. Here it is:

  • 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons marjoram, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes.

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Reviews

  1. Spoonless Kitchen
    I have enjoyed this dressing not only on salads but also as a marinade for grilled salmon. It is very tasty. I would like to note that olive oil has a chemistry to it that causes it to become bitter or unpleasant-tasting when mechanically blended on high speeds, so I usually wait until the last minute to add olive oil in dressings or hummus, and only blend it until it is well combined. (Besides, it seemed like 20 minutes seemed a bit excessive in my opinion.) I just blended the ingredients until it became smooth. Otherwise, I followed the directions as stated, and I very much love this recipe!
     
  2. Shirl
    This is delicious! I did sub one ingredient and that was the white wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar. I don't think that it changed the recipe and it is yummy! I could see using this for a basting sauce while grilling chicken. This makes alot and that is fine with me. I will make this again and again and again. Thank you pat for this tastey salad dressing. 1/1/10: edit to add made this again with my new immersion blender and added blue cheese oh yummy! Shirl
     
  3. Cook4_6
    I tweaked the recipe just a bit based on other reviews; uping the vinegar just a tad and lowering the oil just a tad. I used Delallo's Rosemary & Garlic Dipping spices instead of preparing the mixture described, and used Splenda in place of the sugar. I blended, instead of mixed and did not run it for the entire 20 minutes. I made a salad of romaine, red peppers, shredded fontinella, shredded mozzarella, crumbled bacon and croutons and topped with this dressing. Quite fabulous and easy to throw together. I am interested to see how it tastes tomorrow after all the flavors have blended. Thanks for a nice, home-made dressing.
     
  4. Chadley25
    Despite being a dietary nightmare with the huge amount of oil (nearly a 4:1 ratio of oils to vinegar!), along with mayonnaise, sugar, and honey, this is a dressing I had wanted to try for awhile. Like another reviewer, when I made it as directed, I found it to be lacking in flavor, incredibly oily, and a bit too much on the sweet side. It did emulsify pretty well. After tweaking it a fair bit, adding more spices, more salt, and a few extra splashes of vinegar, it was alright, especially on a spinach salad. Giving it time in the fridge is definitely a must.
     
  5. Boopster
    I'm sorry. I tweaked and tweaked this dressing and still couldn't get the flavor where I wanted it to be. It was just alright, not enough flavor, too oily. Made as recipe states, then started adding ingredients.
     
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Tweaks

  1. CheekyBear
    This dressing is soooo awesome! The only thing I did differently was to substitute balsamic vinegar for the white wine vinegar and splenda for the sugar. Perfect!
     

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