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Poll: Out of these choices, which dressing would you pick for your salad?

Oil and Vinegar 14 (18%)
Ranch 14 (18%)
Catalina 5 (6%)
Bleu Cheese 7 (9%)
Italian 11 (14%)
French 1 (1%)
Thousand Island 5 (6%)
Caeser 6 (8%)
Other? 7 (9%)
Salad is what food eats 9 (11%)
   Discussion: Out of these choices, which dressing would you pick for your salad?
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 15 years, 11 months ago
I usually pick ranch to go with most of my salads. Yum.
stealthlori Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
we use ranch mostly as a crudite dip around here, not as a dressing on a leafy salad. it is totally yummy, but it tends to smother baby leaves, which we use a lot of.
Misch · 15 years, 11 months ago
Okay, this may sound a little strange, but it's what I've been doing of late.

1. A few blue cheese crumbles. (I've had a tasty Roquefort cheese from Denmark. Avoid Bel Gioso (Domestic) like the plague. I've had some Stella cheese (Domestic) that was also very flavorful.)

2. A drizzle of low fat italian. (Right now, I'm using up a bottle of Newman's Own Light Italian)

3. A splash of aged balsamic vinegar. (No, not the real good stuff, just the 3 year aged stuff.)
A.J. · 15 years, 11 months ago
Parmesan Peppercorn
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
yeah, that's not an option.

:)
A.J. Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Yeah, but I voted "other". Your being on crack isn't my problem. :P
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Yeah... "other" wasn't an option, either.
:)

*joolee* Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
AGREE'D
lawrence · 15 years, 11 months ago
I'm not a fan of thick, creamy salad dressings, so it's Italian, or if it's not offered at a restaurant, I just get oil and vinegar.

and made properly, 'caesar' isn't really a dressing as an entire salad, and really even more of an art than that... it's definitely my favourite, but I just couldn't vote for it as a dressing. so many places offer lame 'creamy caesar' dressing now that it's hard to find a good caesar salad anywhere.
lawrence · 15 years, 11 months ago
I'm amused that the poll says 'out of these choices...' and still provides an 'other' option. :)
iPauley Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Well, "other" is one of "these choices." :-P

-- Pauley
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
I'm pretty sure I didn't put in the "other".

If I did, I was smoking crack... because I really did mean "out of these choices".

nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
I *definitely* didn't put in the last option.
Talcott · 15 years, 11 months ago
Italian is the only dressing I really like much.
But that's not too bad, because I don't mind eating dry salad.

I'm just glad that the nation's ranch obsession is passing. I remember going to some fast food place in the mood for salad and seeing "light", "fat-free", and normal ranch offered, but no Italian.

I'm also fine with just olive oil. Not so much vinegar though. It still makes me think of the elementary school gym floor.

What's really good though is olive oil, steak seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Not healthy, but good ;-)

Jºnªthªn · 15 years, 11 months ago
Bernstein's Light Cheese Fantastico
Talcott · 15 years, 11 months ago
It is the most evil of dressings.
Not because of anything related to salads, but because it is often served with fried food and looks a lot like nacho cheese (also often served with fried food).

It's just not nice to be expecting some nacho-goodness only to be greated by the mayo-in-the-sun evil of Thousand Island.

Erm. I should go to bed now ;-)
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Is that regional? I've never ever seen thousand island served with fried foods. :)
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Nor have I.

O.o
Bruce Rose Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
I have, but not in a while. But thousand island is only good on Big Macs.
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
No, no...that's "special sauce". :)
Talcott Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
It might be an Ohio/Midwest thing.
Seems to come with onion rings a lot.


I might also be insane. Never underestimate that posibility ;-)
sheryls Back · 15 years, 11 months ago

that's not thousand island. that's onion petal sauce.

Thousand island:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon finely minced white onion
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper

onion petal sauce(applebee's variety):
1/2 cup mayonnaise - (lowfat okay)
2 tbl horseradish sauce
2 tsp catsup
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1 dsh freshly-ground black pepper
1 dsh cayenne pepper

Thousand island is a bit sweeter, but they are both mayo-and-ketchup based. so if it's the mayo/ketchup you squick at, i can see where you get that :D

stealthlori Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
my dad used to make his own elementary thousand island dressing of just mayo, ketchup and pickle relish. it was marvelously good on a basic iceberg-cuke-tomato-onion salad.

i've never really figured out the difference between thousand island and Russian. some cookbooks say Russian has hard-boiled egg and/or caviar in it, but commercially they're usually indistinguishable.
Misch Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
It's not that uncommon. I've seen it bloomin' onions, seasoned french fries, and served on reubens (though I'll order my reubens without it)
nate... Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Yeah, must be a midwest thing, then, if you get it out there in upstate NY.

:)
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Does anyone else immediately think of Spike when they see or hear "bloomin' onions?"
Bender · 15 years, 11 months ago
fresh lettuce, cucumber slices, cilantro, bell pepper (red) slices, avocado slices, and a lime wedge or two to squeeze over it.
100% dainty! · 15 years, 11 months ago
I usually eat my salad free of dresing.
lawrence Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
that's funny... the only reason I ever really eat salad in the first place is for the dressing. it's really the only excuse I can make for eating salad dressing, because drinking it would just be disgusting.
Nik Chaikin Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
I'm with you.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient · 15 years, 11 months ago
simple is good
Phoenix · 15 years, 11 months ago
I'm the only one who voted for French dressing.

*preens himself on his stellar quirkiness*
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
Well, I voted for Catalina, which I still consider French dressing. I'm the "french dressing-preferably catalina if you have it" type. :)
Bender Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
what is catalina?
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 11 months ago

Catalina is the dark orange/red french dressing...not creamy, has a honeyish aspect to it, sweet and tangy...love it. I'll take "normal" french as my second choice.

Bender Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
okay, totally. I prefer that, too. I didn't realize it had its own name.
renita · 15 years, 11 months ago
oil and vinegar with salt and pepper... and maybe some other seasonings if i'm in the mood.

olive oil. and then any of the following, apple cider, malt, balsamic, or rice. i'm not a big fan of wine vinegars on salad though.

i usually put lots and lots of vinegar on it... and then... sometimes... i drink the leftover vinegar mmmm.

i got into yoghurt dressings when i was in germany, but haven't made any since i got back.
and a roommate of mine used to make this awesome tuna salad with balsamic, cream, salt, and a bit of sugar dressing... so much tastier than you'd expect it to be!
Andrea Krause Back · 15 years, 11 months ago

I first read "yoghurt" dressings as "doughnut" dressings and was imagining some very odd things. :)

stealthlori Back · 15 years, 11 months ago
1) chop up one cider doughnut

2) mix with a cup or so of apple cider, brown sugar to taste, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of butter

3) nuke until butter is melted and it all stirs together into a warm bubbly oozy creation

4) spoon over "mixed salad" of apples, pears, raisins and walnuts

i just made this up on a lark, and it doesn't sound half bad. :D

stealthlori · 15 years, 11 months ago
bleu bleu bleu bleu!

(she says, insistently.)

although, the best weird dressing i ever had was a combo bleu cheese/French dressing that Loblaw's used to sell. it was teh yum. I haven't seen it in forever though (liek, even when I go to Canada, not just here.) So apparently its charms were lost on the world other than Andrew and me.

Of the non-listed dressings, there's a homemade number I do with extra-v olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced shallots, and a touch of honey. Oh mannnnn is that good stuff.

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