I love salads with fresh homemade dressing. I’m not big on store-bought dressing, though I will occasionally buy the ones in the produce section because they taste a bit more like homemade. I had no plans on making salad dressing, in fact I was just going to throw together a simple tomato, cucumber and onion salad with Italian dressing (the only one that I do buy at the grocer) when I noticed that my farmer’s market had their salad mix in stock.
Their salad mix is so delicious and it seems like it stays fresh forever. I was a bit burnt out on our ranch dressing that I make, so I took to Pinterest to look for something new. I landed on this yummy sounding Vidalia onion dressing, mostly because it called for primarily all things you would keep in your pantry. Vidalia onions (they come from Georgia, not Louisiana, did you know that?) are sweet onions, if you were not aware. I couldn’t find Vidalia’s at our grocery store so I just bought a sweet onion and it worked. Boy did it work. Now let me tell you, you’ll get it all blended and mixed up. Don’t taste it yet. Seriously, just don’t. It’s nothing good. Those flavors need to chill together overnight. After it’s been in the fridge overnight, shake it up well before drizzling over a salad (lightly). And sigh in pleasure.
Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing
Recipe from One Perfect Bite
1/2 large Vidalia onion (I used 1 regular sweet onion)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 tbsp white vinegar
8 tbsp white granulated sugar (shhhh!)
1.5 tsp dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery seed (I used celery flakes)
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Slice off the ends of the onion on each side, pierce the onion skin with the knife several times all around it. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with about a tablespoon water and microwave for 4 minutes. Remove, drain the water and as soon as you are able (it will be hot!), remove the outer papery skin and discard it. Roughly cut the softened onion into pieces that will fit into your food processor (mine is small), pulse until smooth. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until smooth and mixed through. Pour into a jar or bottle and chill overnight. Shake well before using.