Penni Barringer jazzes up frozen green beans with onion, bacon and bottled salad dressing for a cool dish that's as big on flavor as it is on convenience. "I created this recipe after trying a similar salad at a restaurant," explains the Rosalia, Washington reader.
This simple dressing has served me for many years. Using this basic recipe, I can easily make simple variations, usually with ingredients I have on hand. As a result, I have always made my own salad dressings.
-Carolyn Ozment, Gaylesville, Alabama
"This dressing has long been a favorite in our family affirms Carol Underhill from her Bathurst, New Brunswick kitchen. "I go the recipe from a friend years ago, who apparently picked it up from a local restaurant.
You won’t miss the oil in this tasty dressing. People have told me it’s so good, they wonder why I haven’t marketed it! I enjoy cooking and have worked in food service, at schools and elsewhere, for most of my life.
Every time I make this recipe that I received from my mother-in-law, it takes me back to the country. I can see myself in the garden among all of those fresh tomatoes. How good they are, plucked right off the vine.
Instead of turning to store-bought salad dressings that lack freshness and flavor, try this easy dressing. This simple homemade topping adds tangy flavor to an ordinary lettuce salad.—Mrs Robert Lieske, Ripon, Wisconsin
After removing 36% of the fat from her submission and cutting back on its sugar, we couldn’t wait to send Monika Rahn's the recipe for Makeover Creamy French Dressing. “I am so pleased with the results,” replied the Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
cook. “We all like the new version.”