I don’t know about you, but we eat a lot of salad this time of year. They are not only healthy, they are quick and easy to make. But having salad so often can become boring.
We tend to make them the same way over and over. One easy way to change up a salad though is the dressing. And when it comes to homemade salad dressings the options are endless.
I was recently trying to come up with homemade salad dressing to go with a spicy chicken main dish that I was making and decided to tweak a homemade salad dressing by adding chipotle peppers. My family loves the flavor of chipotle peppers. They add a nice layer of spice and a depth of flavor that is really unique.
I added just a little chipotle to it and it turned out just as I was hoping it would. The chipotle pepper made a perfect addition to the creamy dressing. It gave it just a little extra flavor and spice without being overly spicy. If you like your food a little spicier though, you could easily add some extra chipotle pepper to it.
One other tip is to be sure that you puree this really well. You want the pepper throughout the dressing and you want it really nice and smooth.
Olive Garden Style Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 of a chipotle chili pepper, more if you like it really spicy(this is half of one pepper not half a can)
- 1-2 tablespoon water
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor or blender.Puree until smooth. Refrigerate for several hours to combine flavors well. Serve with salad.