My husband is a great meter for new, homemade recipes. He’s very skeptical of things that I make myself that he already (really) enjoys from the store. When he says something like, “That looks just like a *real* English muffin!” it’s music to my poor, kitchen-weary ears.
If husband says, “This might be better than the real thing,” I’m jumping for joy knowing I have a winner.
He said that about this recipe.
I first tried making my own homemade dressings this spring when I gave up white sugar for Lent. (You can see four homemade salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil here and a whole bunch of dressings here..) I’ve fiddled with those recipes and tried to mimic other favorite bottled versions, but this is the first I made totally on my own. It’s a reverse engineered Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing, souped up to be so much more healthy because it uses healthy oil, real seeds and real garlic.
- 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
- 2-3 Tbs. soy sauce
- 1 Tbs. sesame oil (optional) plus extra virgin olive oil to make ½ cup
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted*
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ tsp. ginger
- Whisk apple cider vinegar, olive oil, optional sesame oil and soy sauce.
- Whiz the garlic and toasted sesame seeds in a mini-food processor until garlic is in small pieces.
- Combine and enjoy!
- *To toast sesame seeds, put them on a dry cookie sheet in the toaster oven and toast on light once or twice until lightly browned and aromatic. No toaster oven? You could certainly use a regular oven on low heat – just watch the closely every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn. I’m thinking you could also put them in a hot, dry pan and stir constantly until browned, but I haven’t tried that myself.
Don’t you think this would be marvelous for a main dish salad with a marinated chicken breast and those crunchy Asian chow mein noodles? You could add lots of vegetables to really make your salad count!
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