Katie Letcher Lyle's Salad Dressing 1.000
May 14, 2008

This clean-tasting dressing is great on fresh watercress. For variety, add a teaspoon of powdered or prepared mustard, honey or more sugar; some herbs or capers; a dash of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, paprika or tomato paste; a teaspoon of poppy seeds; an inch-long squirt of anchovy paste; or any combination of the above.

Properly stored, the dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 month (if storing long-term, remove the garlic or other fresh ingredients).

Servings: 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 medium cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, sugar and oil in a container with a tight-fitting lid (such as a pint jar). Seal and shake until well combined. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "The Foraging Gourmet," by foraging expert and author Katie Letcher Lyle of Lexington, Va. (Lyons & Burford, 1997).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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