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10 Indianised Homemade Salad Dressings

Mallika, a content writer and a foodie with a passion to try new recipes and cuisines, love to Indianise and encourages home cooking!

Salad dressings

Salad dressings

A salad dressing is a type of condiment which is used to add taste to a salad. Usually, salad dressings are uncooked and do not require heat. They shouldn't be freeze but can be stored in a refrigerator.

This article presents salad dressings which can be easily prepared according to Indian taste.

1. Coleslaw:

Coleslaw is a Dutch term meaning cabbage salad. This salad dressing is primarily used in cabbage salads. There are two types of coleslaw dressings:

a. Mayonnaise based dressing

b. Vinaigrette based dressing

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: A week in the refrigerator

a. Mayonnaise based dressing:

Ingredients:

  1. Mayonnaise (egg/eggless)= 1 cup
  2. Apple cider vinegar/fresh lemon juice= 2 tbsp.
  3. Maple syrup/honey= 1tbsp.
  4. Mustard sauce= 1tbsp.
  5. Celery seeds/carom seeds/ajwain= 1tsp.
  6. Salt= 1/4th tsp.
  7. Black pepper powder= 1/4th tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients and whisk together to mix well. For extra sweetness add another tbsp. of honey. Store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

b. Vinegar based dressing:

Ingredients:

  1. Apple cider vinegar= 1/3rd cup
  2. Olive oil= 3 tbsp.
  3. Honey= 1tbsp.
  4. Mustard sauce= 1/2 tbsp.
  5. Celery seeds= 1 tsp.
  6. Salt= 1/2 tsp.
  7. Black pepper powder= 1/4th tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store it in a glass jar.


2. Creamy cucumber:

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: 3 days in the refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Plain Yogurt= 1 cup
  2. Cucumber, peeled&desseded= 1 medium-sized
  3. Lemon juice= 1 tsp.
  4. Garlic, minced= 1 tsp.
  5. Salt= 1/2 tsp.
  6. Black pepper powder= 1/2 tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth consistency. Refrigerate in a glass jar and use when chilled.

This recipe itself is a salad and can be consumed without blending as well.


3. French salad dressing:

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: In a refrigerator

  1. If vinegar is used, 3 to 4 weeks.
  2. If lemon juice is used, 1 week.

Ingredients:

  1. Vegetable/canola oil= 1 cup
  2. Ketchup= 3/4th cup
  3. Sugar= 1/2 cup
  4. Vinegar= 1/2 cup or (1/4 th cup lime juice+1/4th cup water)
  5. Onion= 1 small-sized, chopped
  6. Paprika= 1 tsp.
  7. Salt= 1/2 tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend to smooth consistency. Store it in a refrigerator.


4.Thousand Island dressing:

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: 1 week

Ingredients:

  1. Mayonnaise- 1/2 cup
  2. Tomato ketchup= 2 tbsp.
  3. Sweet pickle relish= 2 tbsp.
  4. Onion, chopped= 2 tsps.
  5. Garlic, minced= 1/4th tsp.
  6. Vinegar/lemon juice= 1 tsp.
  7. Salt= 1 tsp.
  8. Tobasco/chilli sauce= 1 tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together well. Check the seasoning and store it in a refrigerator.

Recipe of sweet pickle relish:

A relish is a chutney or a pickle in Indian terms and is a product made of chopped vegetables, fruits, Pickles and herbs. This food item is a condiment used to enhance the taste.

Shelf life: 1 month in a refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Fresh cucumbers= 4 medium-sized.
  2. Onion, large= 2, chopped; sweet onion is preferred.
  3. Red bell pepper, diced= 2, large
  4. Salt= 1/4 th cup.
  5. Sugar= 3 cups
  6. Apple cider vinegar or lime juice= 2 cups
  7. Mustard seeds= 1 tbsp.; brown mustard is preferred
  8. Celery/carom/ajwain seeds= 2 tsps.
  9. Garam masala= 1/2 tsp.

Procedure:

  • Wash the cucumbers and peel and deseed them. Chop them into tiny pieces and place the diced cucumber, onion, bell pepper in a large mixing bowl. Combine with salt and pour water over the mixture until covered. Let it sit for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the cucumber mixture in a colander and rinse thoroughly with water and drain the water.
  • In a large stockpot, add sugar, vinegar, mustard and celery seeds and garam masala and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cucumber mixture to the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Check the seasoning and switch off the stove.
  • Let it cool and after cooled, transfer it into a clean glass jar leaving 1/4th inch headspace. Do not fill the jar fully.
  • Wipe the rims of the jar clean and seal tightly with the lid. Store it in a refrigerator.


5.Classic Thousand island dressing:

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: 4 days

Ingredients:

  1. Eggless mayonnaise= 1 1/2 cup
  2. Ketchup= 1/2 cup
  3. Vinegar/lemon juice= 1 tsp.
  4. Onion, minced= 1 1/2 tbsp.
  5. Sweet pickle relich= 3 to 4 tsps.
  6. Salt= 1 tsp.
  7. Black pepper powder= 1/2 tsp.
  8. Boiled egg, mashed= 1
  9. Tobasco/chilly sauce= 1 tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Check the seasoning and transfer it into a glass jar and store it in a refrigerator. Use this dressing chilled.


6.Honey mustard dressing:

Cuisine: American

Shelf life: 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Mayonnaise eggless/egg= 1/4th cup
  2. Honey= 1/4th cup
  3. Yellow mustard paste/sauce= 1/4th cup
  4. Lemon juice/distilled white vinegar= 1 tbsp.
  5. Cayenne pepper/red chilli powder= 1/2 tsp.

Procedure:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and grind into a smooth consistency. Check the seasoning and add lemon juice or honey if needed.
  • Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


7.Tomato sauce dressing:

Cuisine: Indian

Shelf life: 3 days in a refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Tomato sauce/red sauce= 1 cup
  2. Hardboiled egg, mashed= 1
  3. Chilly sauce= 1 tsp.
  4. Honey= 1 tbsp.
  5. Lemon juice= 1 tsp.
  6. Chopped cilantro/coriander leaves= 1 tbsp.
  7. Salt= 1/4th tsp.
  8. Black pepper powder= 1 tsp.

Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Check the seasoning and transfer it into a glass jar and store it in a refrigerator. Use this dressing chilled.

Note: Tomato sauce should be used not tomato ketchup for the recipe.


8.Indian green goddess dressing:

Cuisine: Indian

Shelf life: 3 days in a refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Cashew Mayonnaise/eggless mayo= 1 cup
  2. Fresh spinach leaves= 1 cup
  3. Fresh cilantro/coriander leaves= 1/2 cup
  4. Fresh mint leaves= 1/2 cup
  5. Garlic, minced= 2 tsps.
  6. Honey= 1 tsp. (optional)
  7. Lemon juice= 1 tbsp.
  8. Chilly sauce= 1 tsp. (optional)
  9. Salt= 1/4th tsp.
  10. Balck pepper powder= 1 tsp.

Procedure:

  • Wash spinach leaves and boil them with 1 cup of water in a bowl. After the spinach is cooked and becomes soft, drain the remaining water and make the paste in a blender.
  • Add mayo and all the other ingredients to the blender and blend the mixture into a smooth consistency. Check the seasoning and store it in a glass jar and refrigerate.


9.Hummus based dressing:

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Shelf life: 3 days in a refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Hummus= 1 cup
  2. Chilly sauce= 1 tsp.
  3. Tomatoes, chopped= 1/4th cup
  4. Almonds paste= 1 tbsp.
  5. Salt= 1/4th tsp.
  6. Black pepper powder= 1 tsp.

Procedure:

  • Soak the almonds overnight, peel the skin and keep aside. Add hummus, almonds, tomatoes and the remaining ingredients to a blender and blend the mixture to a smooth consistency.
  • Store it in a glass jar in a refrigerator and serve chilled.


10.Fruit salad dressing:

Cuisine: Indian

Shelf life: 3 days in a refrigerator

Ingredients:

  1. Fresh orange slices= 1 cup
  2. Fresh pomegranate seeds= 1/2 cup
  3. Poppy seeds paste= 2 tsps.
  4. Ginger, grated= 1 tsp.
  5. Honey/maple syrup= 2 tbsp.
  6. Fruit chaat masala= 1/4th tsp.

Procedure:

  • Remove the seeds in the orange slices and blend them in a blender and make fresh orange juice. It is better to use fresh juice than store brought orange juice which has sugar.
  • Take a mixing bowl, add orange juice, pomegranate seeds and other ingredients and mix well. Store it in a refrigerator and use this chilled dressing in a fruit salad for a sweeter taste.


Happy cooking!

















Comments

Mallika Lotus (author) from Hyderabad, India on October 09, 2020:

Thank you Thelma Alberts. Happy to hear.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on October 08, 2020:

These are delicious salad dressing. Thank you for sharing the recipes.

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