Sunday, August 12, 2007

0 Recipe #11: Lemon Cilantro Ginger Salad Dressing

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As the John Cleese catch phrase goes, "and now for something completely different..." and, I'd like to add, a bit more exciting than your average boring Italian or Balsalmic Vinagrette dressing. Thank goodness for variety!

If I may so myself, this dressing rocks! Now you might think I'm slightly biased sinced I'm the recipe creator & cook, but my entire family loves it as well, so it's not like I'm some pompous braggart. Maybe I just have good taste! Hahahaha. ;-)

Seriously, I will also tell you when I cook something that tastes like ocean-liner sludge, or as my sister likes to say, "pickled monkey with a side order of feet!" HAHAHAHAHA! My lil' sis cracks me up. Every time I recall her comments I can't stop laughing!

But seriously, anyone who really knows me well, will know that I give very honest appraisals. You might not always like what have to say, but at least you know that I'm telling the truth. I believe that life is too short for BS.

I personally dislike flattering, sycophantic suck-ups who try to manipulate situations to their own advantage. So I do everything possible to inure myself against this poisonous type of behavior & to also keep my distance from people who are like this.

When asked, I try to give constructive, tactful advice. (I know some family members who read this will laugh when they see I've described my advice as "tactful," but that's because I'm often a tad bit too blunt with them. Naturally, since they are immediate family, I feel very comfortable speaking my mind with them & telling them what I think straight out! Lucky them! Hahahaha. But seriously, I think they can handle my unfiltered commentary/opinions, because otherwise I wouldn't give it to them! This is actually a credit to them & our close bonds of trust with one another, although I'm not sure they always see it that way. ;-) )

Anyhow, back to the recipe-writing: The other night (when cooking the "sumptious feast" described in a previous post), I had some left-over cilantro and some ginger, which was on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown. (The ginger was starting to look like a shrunken head! Just as long as it didn't grow eyes & a mouth & start making faces at me! ;-) )

As if often typical of the way I cook, I had no idea what I was going to do with it until the very last minute, when I threw the ingredients in the blender only minutes before people sit down to eat. (Hey, I like to live on the edge a little! ;-) Winging it can often be fun & creative!)

I threw the chopped ginger & cilantro into the blender & waited for inspiration to strike. Thankfully, I'm been in a very creative cooking zone lately, so this approach has worked for me as of late. Anyhow, I got the needed "a-ha!" flash of inspiration moment, & decided to make an original dressing. So, long story short, here is the long-awaited "Lemon Cilantro Ginger" salad dressing recipe:

Lemon Cilantro Ginger Salad Dressing


1/4 c. fresh cilantro
2.5 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 tsp. mustard powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. garlic
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. olive oil

Instructions: Toss ingredients into a cuisinart or blender & pulse until smooth. Pour into serving container, et le voilà! Nothing to it!

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