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bunnyfufu's picture
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Salad dressing - fluff

Which is better?

Salad that is already tossed with the dressing or salad with dressing on the side?

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It depends, is it a mayo based salad dressing or a vinegar/oil based salad dressing? Mayo based should be on the side. Vinegar/oil should be tossed with the salad. IMHO.

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On the side so I can control how much goes in!

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Good question. But, I don't think I've ever had a Caesar (creamy) on the side. More to ponder.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

On the side so I can control how much goes in!

I used to think this but, now that my kids eat salad everyday the best way for me to make sure that they don't OD on the ranch is to toss it with the salad. Smile

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

On the side so I can control how much goes in!

Agreed. I prefer to dip my fork in a tiny bit of dressing and then stab some salad. Has just the right amount on each bite without drowning things (eww).

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I prefer mine on the side, especially when its a house dressing or something I have never tried before. I love ordering meal salads at restaurants but even if everything in the salad is awesome, if you have already mixed in the dressing and I don't like it I've just wasted a $15 meal.

Also I will order the dressing on the side with vinegar and then I can dilute the dressing so I don't use as much of the full-fat dressings but can still get flavour on the entire salad!

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"Khaki" wrote:

Agreed. I prefer to dip my fork in a tiny bit of dressing and then stab some salad. Has just the right amount on each bite without drowning things (eww).

This is what I do, too!

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On the side, unless it is a caesar salad and then I prefer it pre-mixed.

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"bunnyfufu" wrote:

Good question. But, I don't think I've ever had a Caesar (creamy) on the side. More to ponder.

A true Caesar shouldn't be a creamy dressing though, it's olive oil and vinegar based.

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Tossed in. But we don't use creamy dressings or anything like that... We use lemon, vinegar, olive oil, and a little bit of salt. The most refreshing and tastiest salad eveerrrrr.

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On the side so I can decide how much I want.

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I have to have my salad tossed

Wink

No on the side for me. I like even dressing distribution.

THat said, all we make are balsamic/olive oil concoctions around here, dipping does not work well as the oil would separate.

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Caesar and spinach salad - I like the dressed tossed in.
Plain tossed salad - I just drizzle dressing over the top, like ranch or blue cheese.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

Tossed in. But we don't use creamy dressings or anything like that... We use lemon, vinegar, olive oil, and a little bit of salt. The most refreshing and tastiest salad eveerrrrr.

That sounds kind of delicious!!!

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

That sounds kind of delicious!!!

It's the Turkish way (along with other countries) Smile

If you want to make a very yummy salad, use whatever lettuce you like along with whatever vegetables. Now the key ingredient is onion. Cut the onion thin, and then SOAK for about 10 minutes in COLD salt water (we aren't big salt eaters in this household, but a little salt in this salad is delicious!!). Then grab the onions out of the water and put it on the salad and mix everything including your OO, vin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and you can add a little bit more salt if you want, or not (do a taste test to make sure the salad isn't too sour)

What's also nice about this, is you don't have to worry about drying your lettuce or anything. The water from washing and the onions keeps it nice and refreshing without diluting anything like it would with a creamy dressing.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

It's the Turkish way (along with other countries) Smile

If you want to make a very yummy salad, use whatever lettuce you like along with whatever vegetables. Now the key ingredient is onion. Cut the onion thin, and then SOAK for about 10 minutes in COLD salt water (we aren't big salt eaters in this household, but a little salt in this salad is delicious!!). Then grab the onions out of the water and put it on the salad and mix everything including your OO, vin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and you can add a little bit more salt if you want, or not (do a taste test to make sure the salad isn't too sour)

What's also nice about this, is you don't have to worry about drying your lettuce or anything. The water from washing and the onions keeps it nice and refreshing without diluting anything like it would with a creamy dressing.

That sounds awesome, thank you!

I was in Turkey many years ago and still remember the amazing food. My sister lived in Istanbul for 2 years.

Oh and as to the debate, if I'm at home we add the dressing to the big salad and then serve it, if I'm out I ask for it on the side so I can control it. Unless it's a Caesar.

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Generally I like it on the side so I can control it, except at Red Lobster or Olive Garden Smile

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"Hollydoll" wrote:

Generally I like it on the side so I can control it, except at Red Lobster or Olive Garden Smile

Ditto! Never been to Red Lobster (allergic to all fish and seafood), but LOVE Olive Garden's salad! Other then that, on the side.