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Sauced: Franch Dressing (and Creamy French Dressing)

Settling into bed last Sunday, I couldn't wait to let the warm glow of the television deliver the much anticipated meth-filled hijinks of Walt and Jesse (of Breaking Bad, but you knew that already, right?). Now I'm all for the blue stuff, but imagine my surprise when it opened with something I could actually relate to—sauce! As the doomed Herr Schuler depressingly dipped his tots in one sauce after another devised by the scientists of the Madrigal super foodlab, there was one that really intrigued—Franch. I was all over that like Walt on ricin. More

Taste Test: Bottled Ranch Dressing

I'll be honest: I didn't grow up eating ranch dressing outside of the occasional bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (this was back before they were "Cooler"), and I've personally never developed much of a taste for it. That said, there's a reason why it's the number one selling flavor of bottled dressing in America. Creamy, fatty, and tangy, it coats even the dullest-tasting leaf of iceberg lettuce or the most underdeveloped pizza crust with a salty, herbal tang. Instant flavor, just shake, squeeze, eat, and repeat. So which bottled dressing is the best? More

Cook the Book: Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette, Two Ways

In his latest cookbook, Michael Ruhlman has included a dressing model that every home cook should try: Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette, Two Ways. It's a tangy dressing made from lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Parmigiano, and pepper that can be whisked up in just a few minutes or transformed into a stand up Caesar with the addition of an egg yolk and a few anchovies. It's the sort of light, lemony dressing that gently coats leaves of crisp romaine perfectly, making for a salad that acts at a simple, bright palate awakener, and of course, a brilliant accompaniment to Ruhlman's Perfect Roast Chicken. More

Kitchen Tricks: Squeeze Bottles with Built-in Recipes

My wife loves salad dressing, particularly the that I keep in constant supply in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. I know the recipe by heart, but problems arise when I'm out of town, my wife has a brand new box of arugula, and the dressing's just run out. Here's a little trick I devised to make sure that never happens again: just write the recipe directly on the squeeze bottle. More

Healthy & Delicious: Mixed Greens with Pears, Pecans, Blue Cheese, and Honey Balsamic Dressing

If I had my druthers, salads would be made of nuts, cheese, and a fruity dressing with a few leaves of arugula sprinkled on top. Alas, those druthers miss the whole point of a salad, which "should" be a light, healthy meal. I'm not alone, though. Visit any restaurant, and you'll find salads packed with heavy (albeit delicious) add-ons, making them slightly less nutritious than a bag of Big Macs. But it doesn't have to be that way. More

Ranch Dressing

It would be remiss of me to leave Ranch out of Sauced any longer. Ranch has always been a little heavy-handed for me. Unless I had a reason to drown the flavor of whatever I was eating, I rarely dipped into it. This homemade version, on the other hand, strikes a mellower tone with creamy, rich buttermilk and fresh parsley, chives, and dill. More

The Food Lab: What's the Point of a Vinaigrette?

For me, the big question about vinaigrettes has never really been "how?" but "why?" Is emulsifying the oil and acid really necessary? Does adding the olive oil and the vinegar to the salad bowl individually really make for an inferior salad? Could every red-sauce Italian joint with oil and vinegar jugs in the world be wrong? Well, stranger things have been true. I decided that a bit of hard-core kitchen work was in order. More

Basic Vinaigrette

Note: Why bother emulsifying your vinaigrette? Read about the science of emulsions. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] This recipes make a cup of vinaigrette. Extra vinaigrette can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator indefinitely. About the author: Become... More

The Paupered Chef on Salad Dressing's Perfection

Blake Royer, our Dinner Tonight contributor and half of The Paupered Chef duo, wonders if salad dressing is the perfect sauce. "Made correctly, it wakes up your tongue and feels round in the mouth. It is rich yet bright." So is it really better than hollandaise or mayonnaise or beurre noisette? When made from scratch, the answer might just be yes.... More

Essentials: Vinaigrette

Between my junior and senior years of high school, I spent a summer studying in Paris. Although I knew enough to make a trip to Berthillon, discovered Nutella, and would hang around Fauchon staring at the piles of shining produce... More

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