Thursday, April 24, 2014

Finn's French Dressing

After the glorious spring days we had last weekend, it dawned on me that summer will be here before I know it. And with that, I've been trying to eat more salads to prepare for warmer weather and to add more vegetables to my diet. I have somewhat grown tired of all the hearty, comforting winter foods I've been indulging in during this horrendously long winter lol. So when I think of salads, one of my favorites would be the salad served at Aunt Judy's house during the holidays. Aunt Judy is the Baron's aunt who hosts the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner for his extended family. I secretly look forward to the dinners because I know she'll be serving up her salad. But more importantly, it's the dressing that makes it so good. I was fortunate enough to receive a large bottle of her dressing along with a handwritten recipe - score! With common ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can taste the magic of Finn's French Dressing...

So before I get to the dressing, the salad typically involves greens of your choice, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, blue cheese, and green onions. You can certainly make your preferred salad but I especially like how the flavors of the dressing really tie in these ingredients. It's a dressing recipe that's easy to make and I often make a large batch and store in a couple jars in the fridge. If you're looking for a tasty way to eat more greens, just pour this dressing over the top and before you know it, you'll devour a bowl of salad in no time!

Finn's French Dressing
Finn family recipe

I cup salad oil
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup ketchup
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Transfer to a jar with a screw top, cover and store in the fridge. Shake well before using.