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salad essentials: andy’s secret dressing

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

There is nothing magical or secret about this dressing; it is just a combination of ingredients that I really like. It works great on a mess of greens, or I love it on some sautéed chicken breasts. The lemon juice gives it a piquant taste that blends on the palette very well with the sour cream, and buttermilk; plus, the white pepper gives it a "sweet" heat. I came up with it when I had a salad, but no dressing to put on it. So, I puttered about, and came up with this… call it the ravings of a mad scientist. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 2 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For salad essentials: andy’s secret dressing

  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
  • white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    pickle relish, sweet or dill
  • 1 tsp
    fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp
    paprika, sweet or hot
  • 1 dash
    frank’s hot sauce, or to taste
  • substitute the sour cream with mayo

How To Make salad essentials: andy’s secret dressing

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    Chef’s Note: I have two types of recipes that I create: 1. Recipes I make for my clients and/or my houseguests. 2. Recipes I make for myself. The recipes I make for others tend to be based on my years of experience on what people like; conversely, the recipes I make for myself trend more towards what I personally like. This recipe is in the latter category.
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    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
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    Add the sour cream and the lemon juice to a bowl and whisk together. Then add the buttermilk, and white pepper.
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    Chef’s Tip: Once I whisk the sour cream and lemon juice together, I then add the buttermilk to the desired consistency. I find that 2 tablespoons of buttermilk are just about right for me. I then add the white pepper to give it a bit of a kick.
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    Chef’s Note: If you can give it an hour or two in the fridge, it will help give the ingredients a chance to know one another.
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    OPTIONAL ITEMS I listed a few optional items that I like to use to switch things around a bit; however, feel free to add any items that will make it your own.
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    Drizzle on some salad greens, or possibly a nice sautéed chicken breast. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.