Sometimes a basic vinaigrette just won't do. Sometimes we need a velvety, white dressing drizzled on our greens. And yet ranch is often a little, how do we say this, salad-bar-at-the-steakhouse? Occasionally, yes, we love it. But this dressing, well, this is a more oo-la-la, less yee-haw, creamy dressing. 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, which usually calls for buttermilk and a host of herbs and spices, we keep this simple: just a little dijon mustard and a nice, tangy champagne vinegar.
It's complex and lovely, perfect for dressing just greens, like our favorite bibb lettuce, and nothing else.
Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing
makes enough for two small salads
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
few grinds fresh pepper
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
Whisk together the mustard, mayonnaise, salt, sugar, and pepper until combined. Add the vinegar and whisk until smooth.
(Image: Elizabeth Passarella)