Sunday, January 6, 2013

Creamy Italian Lemon Dressing for the Salad Tray Buffet

 I like to serve a salad tray buffet and let everyone make their own salad. It's simple, just put it out and customize the buffet selections to suit your tastes or meal. When I serve lasagna, I serve Romaine lettuce, black olives, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, peppers, and homemade garlic butter croutons, and usually finely sliced red onions. This along with lasagna, Italian bread, and tiramisu makes a great meal. The dressing is easy to whip up and I've even had people tell me they could drink it with a straw! Ya'll enjoy!
Creamy Italian Lemon Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s®)
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
1/2 - 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
1/2 cup sugar or Splenda®, or to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal taste, add a little extra sugar.  Place in jar with lid and set in the refrigerator overnight to allow flavors to blend and they will intensify.  I make a sugar-free version and no one even notices.  You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. I've also been known to thin it with some left-over champagne!

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