This Salad Dressing Hack Brings on the Flavor in an Unexpected Way

published Apr 29, 2023
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While premade salad dressings from the store are extremely convenient, they don’t always have the most complex or freshest flavor. A homemade tangy ranch dressing and a creamy Thousand Island always add a brightness to salads that bottled varieties just can’t.

That said, though, it can be challenging to come up with a new or inventive dressing to make our lunchtime salads more appetizing. This clever hack from Gillie Houston, however, puts flavor at the forefront of any dressing.

In a TikTok video, Houston prepares a salad recipe that’s gotten rave reviews from her boyfriend. The salad consists of chopped green leaf lettuce coated in a dressing made from pistachio and lemon.

@gilliehouston My bf says this was one of the best salads I’ve ever made and I make *a lot* of salads (!!) (Not pictured: The garlic butter chicken thighs I served with it 😌) #saladrecipe #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe #saladsoftiktok #cookinginspo ♬ Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift

The lemon component of the dressing, however, isn’t just a squeeze of juice or a sprinkle of zest. Houston sears slices of lemon in a skillet until lightly browned, finely dices them into a paste (remove the seeds!), and mixes them with chopped toasted pistachios, grated garlic, honey and olive oil to make the dressing. The entirety of the lemon — including the rind, zest, and membrane — are all used, but they meld into the overall sweet and tangy mixture.