Monday, January 7, 2013

Creamy Pear Thyme Salad Dressing

Do you get tired of the same old salad dressing?  Or maybe you have your "go to" salad dressing.  Why not get creative and make your own.  At least, you'll know what goes into it.   For so many years we only ate ranch dressing or blue cheese.   When ordering a salad at a restaurant it was like hearing a skip in a record, reciting " ranch please" every time!  No longer!  

Now, I enjoy dressing my more boring oil and vinegar or bottled ranch for me.   The taste is incredible when the ingredients are fresh!  Salad at its best!

Creamy Pear Thyme Salad Dressing

In a blender or food processor mix the following:

1/4 - 1/3 cup olive oil

1 small shallot, chopped

1/2 pear, peeled, cored  and sliced

1 tsp dijon style mustard

1 Tbsp sour cream

2 Tbsp mayonnaise

3 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves, removed from woody stem

1/2 tsp lemon zest (optional, but adds a zing)

salt and pepper to taste

Let your blender or food processor do all the work.  Refrigerate in your own nice bottle.  Makes about 8 oz. (8 servings)  I highly recommend making it an hour or longer before you use it.

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