Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Recipe: Three Easy Summer Salad Dressings & Muriels Banana Coleslaw

During the summer months, I enjoy making a wide variety of salads: vegetable salads, meat salads, grain salads, and fruit salads. I also enjoy bringing great flavor to salads by making my own salad dressings from scratch. Fresh dressing is easy to make, adds great flavor and saves money!

I enjoy using canning jars for mixing dressings (cover and shake), but also prefer canning jars for storing dressings in the refrigerator.

Here are three easy summer salad dressings…enjoy!

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

Perfect on vegetable and grilled chicken salads, when you want a light dressing.

1 3/4 cups light, extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinager
1/4 teaspoon each: salt and pepper
1 tablespoon dried, Italian spices
1 teaspoon dried basil

Mix ingredients in medium sized canning jar and shake until blended. This will keep in your refrigerator over 4 weeks.

Mayonaise Cream Dressing

Excellent on fruit salad, savory chicken salad and coleslaw.

1 cup Hellman’s Mayonaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk (more or less, to obtain desired consistency)
3/4 teaspoon celery seeds

Optional ingredients (get creative!): 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, 1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese, 1 teaspoon dried tarragon or 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, 1 tablespoon fresh, finely diced garlic

You can store this dressing up to one week in the refrigerator.

Creamy Tangy Dressing

While many cooks prefer the taste of Hellmans mayonaise when making dressing; Miracle Whip provides extra spiciness that complements the flavor of fruit, and I prefer to use this dressing in fruit salads, and chicken salads with grapes.

1 cup Miracle Whip
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 cup milk (more or less, to obtain desired consistency)

Muriel’s Banana Coleslaw

This is a recipe for coleslaw my mother made, and I’ve never seen it duplicated in cookbooks or online. You may be surprised to see one of the ingredients is bananas, and they add great flavor to this unusual coleslaw.

1 small head of green cabbage-sliced thinly, or one medium bag of sliced coleslaw
3 bananas, thickly sliced
1 cup Creamy Tangy Dressing
Optional: 1 tablespoon julienned/finely sliced, fresh basil leaves

Note: Assemble the salad immediately before serving.

In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and lightly mix to coat salad evenly. Sprinkle with fresh basil.  Serves 4 medium portions.


2 responses

  1. Hello this in reference to your ” Muriels Banana Coleslaw” I grew up on a version of this too, but we added grapes and small marshmallows sometime, but always bananas,and we use the same creamy dressing one my aunts put in apple cider vinegar in the dressing to may it a little tart and tangy which I really liked. Try and tell me how you liked it . 🙂

    October 1, 2015 at 6:19 am

    • Susan, thank you for sharing your families recipe!! I’ll be sure to give it a try!xo Annie

      October 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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