3 salad dressing recipes that are anything but boring

July 25, 2016
by HelloFresh Tips and Tricks

    Ain’t no thing but a well dressed salad, honey. 

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    Sometimes, your cooking can feeling a little staid and same same. But, in good news, a little flourish is all you need to bring a boring salad or a snooze-fest steak out of the doldrums and into Flavortown™. These three salad dressing recipes are guaranteed to surprise your tastebuds and transform your lunch, side or dinner into a feast for the senses. Now it’s just a matter of which to make first!

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    Basil & Chilli dressing

    makes about 1 cup

    • 1 chopped green chilli (with or without seeds depending on how spicy you want it)
    •  ½ cup rocket leaves
    • ½ cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • ½ teaspoon f‏inely grated lemon zest
    • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
    •  ½ teaspoon sugar
    • salt and black pepper

    Purée chilli, rocket, mint, vegetable oil, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar in a blender until smooth; season to taste with salt and pepper. Great with chicken and steak or a big slice of haloumi.

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    Pawpaw & Tarragon dressing

    • 12 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped tarragon
    • 13 cup honey
    • 12 tsp. dry English mustard
    • 34 tsp. salt
    • 34 cup olive oil
    • 12 tbsp. pawpaw seeds (from about 12 papaya)
    • 12 large shallot, minced
    • 1 clove garlic


    In a blender, combine the apple cider vinegar, tarragon, honey, English mustard and salt. Add the olive oil in and keep pulsing until to have a fine paste.

    Now things get interesting! Add in the pawpaw seeds, shallot and garlic, and pulse until the seeds are coarsely chopped. Perfect for freshening up a green garden salad.

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    Soy & Peanut dressing

    makes about 1 cup

    • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
    • water, as needed
    • salt and black pepper

    Whisk peanut butter, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, and soy sauce in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in water until dressing has the consistency of heavy cream (around ¼–½ cup); season with salt and pepper. Perfect for dressing noodles or marinating tofu.

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    Let us know your favourite salad dressing in the comments! Got a ripper of a recipe? Share it with us! xo

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    1 comment

    Sandra Hoopmann says:

    This is my first experience with Fresh Foods – I received my first box last week. Am impressed with the fresh produce of high quality and the recipes provided. Look forward to the next box being delivered tomorrow with accompanying recipes!

    I love the Basil and Chilli recipe. Look forward to trying the Pawpaw and Tarragon dressing when the pawpaw is in season.

    Keep up your excellent ideas and good work.