Condiment/Spread

Grandma Lena’s Magic Salad  Dressing

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March 27, 2011
Author Notes

My husband’s grandmother, Lena, lived to be almost 100. When I met her she lived alone, having outlived two husbands. She was proud of her cooking although she did not cook much. She did make a salad each night, and told me the secret of her delicious salad dressing. She combined 1 Tbsp each: catsup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, horseradish, and sugar. Everyone who tasted it asked for the recipe, she told me proudly. They were always surprised to hear the simple list of ingredients. I loved it too, and made my own batch many times.

This is an updated version of her recipe, with a few of my favorite ingredients added: crème fraiche and green pepper jelly. I also substituted agave nectar for the white sugar she used. Her salads were quite simple: green lettuce, chopped tomato, and maybe some chopped green onion. I think my version is delicious on a crunchy salad of mixed fresh greens such as romaine, baby spinach, and shredded cabbage. I like adding a little chopped apple and some toasted walnuts. And some thinly sliced sweet red onion. Delicious!
JoanG

  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite catsup
  • 1 tablespoon your favorite mayonaise
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon a good green pepper or red pepper jelly
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Combnie all ingredients with a whisk or using an immersion blender. Season with salt and pepper.

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I love food! I love to cook, eat, read about food, write about food, and enjoy meals with friends and family. I have been writing a food memoir for the past decade and am just about done! I epsecially love to create recipes using seasonal and local produce. I love to travel and wherever I go I shop at markets, cook, and try to take a cooking class.