Sometimes a basic vinaigrette just won't do. Sometimes we need a velvety, creamy dressing drizzled on our greens. And yet ranch dressing can sometimes feel a little...how do I say this...a little salad-bar-at-the-steakhouse? Occasionally, yes, I love it. But this dressing, well, this has a little more oo-la-la in its favor. And it's so, so easy.
The key to this dressing is a generous dollop of mayonnaise, which gives it the body and creaminess. But unlike ranch dressing, which usually calls for buttermilk and a host of herbs and spices, I keep this dressing simple: just add a little dijon mustard and a nice, tangy Champagne vinegar.
It's complex and lovely, perfect for dressing a simple plate of greens, like our favorite side salad, or for using as a dip for party platter of veggies.
Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing
Makes enough for 2 side salads
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, or other grainy mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Fresh pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
Whisk together the mustard, mayonnaise, salt, sugar, and pepper until combined. Add the vinegar and whisk until smooth. Toss with salad greens and serve.