Friday, May 12, 2017

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing over a Garden Salad with Avocado


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Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern

There's nothing like a good salad made at home, and even better is a great salad dressing.

Salad dressing is so easy to make at home, and tastes far superior to the bottled dressing you get in the grocery stores.  Once you do it you may never buy bottled again.

We make many of our salad dressings from scratch.  We usually go with an oil based vinaigrette but tonight we are craving a creamy dressing on a cool salad to tame the heat from the main dish.


Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern

PARMESAN PEPPERCORN DRESSING

This dressing is full of Parmesan flavor and bit of bite from the peppercorns.  It's perfect on a garden salad with it's cooling flavors.  We decided to make a simple Garden Salad with Avocado and top it with this dressing, which compliments it beautifully.

The dressing is easy to put together.  I just throw everything in a mason jar and shake it up.  I do like my creamy dressing cold so I make this about 1 hour ahead of meal time and refrigerate it well so the seasoning blend well and it is properly chilled.

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern


The dressing is creamy and thick, and if you want a thinner version add more milk to the mix to loosen it up a bit.

Now for the salad.  Sometimes you need a quick salad to round out the meal.  In our case we were eating some spicy Grilled Cuban Flank Steak and wanted something cool to offset the flavors.  This simple salad of butter leaf lettuce mixed with tomato, cucumber, and buttery avocado is the perfect side dish.  Quick to throw together and the Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing is the perfect topper.  Add a few sunflower seeds for a little crunch and you are all set!


Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern

Enjoy a fresh salad and make your own dressing!  You'll just love the freshness and ease of making them.  Find both recipes below.









Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing


1 tsp. onion powder
1 garlic clove, finely minced
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash of hot sauce (I used Siraccha)
1 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup 2 % low-fat milk
juice from 1 lemon
dash of salt
2 tsp. ground peppercorns
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese



In a medium jar or a bowl, add all ingredients but the Parmesan cheese. Mix together with a spatula. Add Parmesan cheese and mix until blended.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour before using. Drizzle over your favorite salad.





Garden Salad with Avocado


1 head Butter lettuce, torn
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 Persian cucumbers, sliced lengthwise and diced
1 avocado, seeded and diced

sunflower seeds
Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

In a large bowl add the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado. Toss salad and drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle on sunflower seeds.  Serve.




Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern


Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing - homemade dressing at it's best!  Perfect over this Garden Salad with Avocado and served at your next outdoor meal! - Slice of Southern






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