Hometown Dressing
homemade salad dressing recipe~a secret recipe

Secret Recipe homemade salad dressing was- believe it or not- the way restaurants in my hometown competed for repeat customers. Craving that you-can-only-get-it-here flavor brought us back again and again.

The hands down winner was an old fashioned downtown restaurant with business-like waiters in white jackets, chic leather-like black booths, and subtle lighting. Soon after we placed our order the pice d’reisitance came: the bottle of thick, bright orange salad dressing, accompanied by plates of plain iceberg lettuce, ready for drenching.

Times have certainly changed, but when a local magazine revealed the now defunct restaurant's “secret recipe” it immediately became our family favorite, no white gloves needed. I’m sure you’ll have repeat customers of your own.


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup onion, minced

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1. In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients except oil. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

2. With machine running, slowly add vegetable oil. Blend until thick.

Makes 2 cups ~ can make several days ahead
active time: 5 minutes
a kosher for Passover Recipe

Make a batch of this family friendly homemade salad dressing,
it's perfect for Salad Mix

Cooking for The King by Renee Chernin
The book of Torah insights, recipes and practical tips
designed to bring majesty to the mundane.