Fresh & Simple Dressing Recipes

Below are the recipes for the dressing Chef Dylan Maass and I shared with folks at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market this weekend. These recipes are meant to be a guide – adjust them to your taste and liking. The point is, they are quick, simple and fresh ~ the ingredients are the super stars in these recipes. Five minutes and you will be on your way to a delicious salad dressing or marinade.

Thanks to the folks at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market for making it possible for us to spend a little time sharing what we know and love ~ food, fresh and made from scratch!

Grilled Peach and Roasted Habanero Vinaigrette
By Chef Dylan Maass – Executive Chef at Bella Vita Ristorante

2 peaches quartered and grilled
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 small habanero roasted and seeded
1/2 tablespoon salt

Combine all ingredients together in blender or food processor.

This sauce would work well on Fish Tacos with Caso Fresco or spice things up with a Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad with Roasted “Jerk” Chicken, sweet bell peppers and fresh jicama.

Traditional Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
By Chef Dylan Maass – Executive Chef at Bella Vita Ristorante

1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1/4 teaspoon of dill
You can use whatever other herbs you like – experiment with different herbs to find your own flavor preferences

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or immersion blender until smooth. Goes well with EVERYTHING!

Fresh Basil Vinaigrette
Kelly Barnes – Kangaroostaurant

1 teaspoon Stone Ground Mustard
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup roughly chopped basil leaves
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until all ingredients have come together.

May be stored for up to one week in an airtight container. Works well on salads but also with delicious when drizzled over a grilled chicken breast or a steak or as a marinade for your favorite fish. Blends well with mayonnaise for an alternative sandwich topping.

Have fun and we’ll see you on the Street!



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