Sweet and Spicy Horseradish Dressing

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Author Notes: I'm not a big fan of chili-spiciness--it lingers on my tongue in a way that just feels unpleasant. But the quick rush of sinus-clearing horseradish-spiciness makes me swoon. I love this salad dressing so much that I'll eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon. linzarella

Food52 Review: It's hard not to love a recipe where the only instructions are essentially zest, scoop and shake. As written, it comes out nicely balanced between zippy, sweet and savory, but then linzarella encourages us to customize -- a dash more horseradish for the spice fiends, a dollop more crème fraîche for the indulgent -- and shake again. The two types of dairy -- equal parts tart yogurt and mellow, rich crème fraîche -- are an especially nice touch, bringing a tempered zing to the dressing. We think it would be lovely tossed with some chilled poached shrimp and watercress or alongside some crudités. - A&MThe Editors

Makes a modest amount of dressing

  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 3 tablespoons plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground pepper
  1. Zest the lemon, then juice half of it. In a jar, combine juice & zest with remaining ingredients, stir, then cover the jar and shake. Taste and adjust to make it spicier, creamier, or sweeter to your preference.

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over 1 year ago piacere

A great dressing on anything you can think of to use with it. Green salad. Slaw. Deviled eggs. Sandwiches. Chilled veggies (for dip). Potatoes. Potato salad. The list goes on. And on. I've also made variation of this, born of necessity of not having creme fraiche in house when wanting to whip this up, of using about 1 generous tablepoon of mayo in place of it and then a little more lemon juice. Wonderful as written. Also good modified.


about 2 years ago vi1715

Just made this dressing tonight and used it to dress my shredded cabbage on beef and fish tacos. Loved it.


about 3 years ago Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

This sounds delicious I'm thinking roast beef sandwich. Yum!


over 4 years ago hazeddazed

so much yum!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

I saved this last year and it sort of got lost in my saved recipes section, so it was a great remender to see it in the contest this week. I made it this weekend and it's just a delicious, tangy dressing. I just used it over salad to counterpoint a saltier dish, but I am thinking of lots of ways to use it. thanks!


over 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Made this last night for a potato, bean and radish salad. It was fabulous!! Just the right balance of flavors. It's amazing how the honey makes this a real standout.


over 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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Just two words - Deviled Eggs.


over 5 years ago linzarella

Oh man, I just used this to braise some savoy cabbage. Definitely not was I envisioning when I first put the dressing together, but really good! Ate it over noodles with sausage and it was a perfect dinner...


over 5 years ago Creative Kitchen

I love horseradish!!! And I absolutely adore horseradish sauce. This one sounds like a keeper!! I'm bookmarking it now. I always make my dressings in a small mason jar....so easy to just shake it up! Thanks for sharing!!


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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Epic. Truly epic. I just had this on leftover salmon for lunch. I've been looking for this for a long time. It has just achieved instant "Staple" status in my kitchen. I plan to use it on my warm German style potato salad with bacon and fennel (which is pickled in champagne vinegar -- the recipe for the fennel and the potato salad are posted on this site) later this week. ;o)


over 5 years ago Rhonda35

Made this last night and used it to make coleslaw. Delicious! Then, today, I put it on rye bread with thinly sliced pastrami and it was so yummy! Thanks for this great recipe.


over 5 years ago Rhonda35

What I meant to say is I put the leftover coleslaw on the sandwich.


over 5 years ago testkitchenette

This will be gracing my dinner table tomorrow night.


over 5 years ago Kelsey Banfield

A delicious, simple recipe. There are so many great uses for it!


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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I see a Savoy cabbage slaw with apples . . . . on crostini with smoked salmon . . . . on a simple baked potato, with snips of garlic chives . . . . I can see how I might have to make a large jar of this, soon. ;o)


over 5 years ago Aliwaks

ooh I just dug up a fresh horseradish root from my garden..how do you think that would work???

I am totally seeing this with 1) smoked trout & apples & beets 2) arugula, scallions and radishes & sliced grilled steak salad 3) somehow involved with a sandwich....like the cabbage slaw idea, that would be AMAZING on pulled pork.


over 5 years ago linzarella

I've never tried it with fresh horseradish root, but I'm sure it would be amazing! Let me know how it turns out.


over 5 years ago AntoniaJames

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I could also see tossing this with some Brussels sprouts, lightly steamed, and small pieces of crisp bacon . . . . . love horseradish and bacon together. Yummmmmm.;o)


over 5 years ago claireheath

LOVE the Brussels sprouts suggestion. Rather than steamed, what about raw? Shaved very thin and crunchy on a mandoline (like slaw) - and still with bits of bacon! YUM.


over 5 years ago thirschfeld

I think Amanda and Merrill may have given us our summer salad. Watercress Shrimp and this dressing sound soooooo goooood. What a great dressing thanks for sharing it.


over 5 years ago Merrill Stubbs

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That was actually Kristen's idea, which we love!


over 5 years ago amysarah

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Big horseradish lover too - especially in creamy sauces like this. This would be perfect on a rare roast beef sandwich, with some soft lettuce, maybe a slice of ripe juicy tomato. I am seriously salivating just thinking about it now.


over 5 years ago ENunn

Me, too, to all of the above. I say horse + radish = delicious.


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

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Cngrats, linzarella! Simple and so tasty. (Aren't mason jars great?)


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

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P.S. I just whipped this up! (or shook it up, rather.) It's REAL good! Going to dress some thin-sliced cabbage for slaw tonight. Subbed 4 T sour cream and 2 T heavy cream for the creme fraiche/yogurt (didn't have any.) Definitely a spoon-licker, this one.