Basic Fennel Dressing

Fennel Dressing on Salad

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp fennel, ground
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend the oils and the vinegars. Add a little sugar, mustard and fennel. Add some lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.

The Frugal GourmetYield: 2 cups

From: The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith

First an apology – We totally missed last week and we apologize to our readers!  Between the two of us taking finals, having graduations and company over, taking a section of the CPA exam, getting promoted into a software development role at work and diving headfirst into that….  You get the picture.  Things are a little quieter and we are getting back on track.  🙂

Fennel DressingGray: I really enjoyed this one.  It was super simple, and the flavor was outstanding.  It is very mild and does not overpower your salad.  The Frugal Gourmet uses this dressing on several salads.  For instance he uses it to dress a greek salad made with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and feta cheese with the addition of oregano.  We had it on a simple salad of red leaf lettuce with a red new onion from the garden.  It was outstanding and I think you will enjoy it as a change from the stuff on the shelf at the grocery store.

Katie: This dressing was really good! I did not know what to expect with a fennel dressing, but the fennel really gave it a good flavor. We bought a second “coffee” grinder some time ago when we found one at a thrift store to use as a spice grinder, and we love it. Now Gray can grind spices without me getting upset that he made my coffee taste like whatever spices he was grinding. I think it was $5 and well worth the small expense! We got fennel seeds at the grocery store and the grinder took care of them very quickly. I love how it makes whatever spice very uniform. (We also have a mortar and pestle for things that don’t require such small uniformity.) While I wasn’t blown away by this salad dressing, it really was excellent and makes a nice change from a traditional Italian or similar oil and vinegar dressing. We hope you enjoy!

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3 Responses to Basic Fennel Dressing

  1. Love fennel in all its forms. This sounds great!

  2. trkingmomoe says:

    I have a couple of his cook books and enjoy them. I got them at thrift stores in the last few years. I remember him on PBS. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Pingback: The Frugal Gourmet’s Greek Salad | A New Recipe Each Week

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