Fran Gage is a wonderful food writer for Saveur and other publications.  Just recently I had the pleasure meeting her at the Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College near Santa Cruz, CA.  Fran has just come out with a wonderful book called The New American Olive Oil which contains history, advice on choosing oils, profiles on the producers, and yes, wonderful recipes.  This vinaigrette recipe is from her book and has been adapted to the SaladSuccess shaker.  She suggests a salad of romaine hearts, apples or sliced pears, and chopped toasted pecans.  I personally like it using butter lettuce and walnuts.


Extra-virgin olive oil

White wine or white balsamic vinegar

3 large spoonfuls of crumbled blue cheese

1 large spoonful of water

Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Olive Oil to the 3/4 blue marks on the SaladSuccess Shaker

Vinegar to the top of the blue vinegar line

Add blue cheese to shaker and mash with a fork to break down the crumbles

Shake vigorously in the SaladSuccess shaker

Add water

Shake vigorously again in the SaladSuccess shaker

Add salt and pepper to taste

Adapted from The New American Olive Oil by Fran Gage

This anti-oxidant salad dressing recipe comes from my dear friend Annaliese Keller, proprietress of Malabar Trading Company, world’s best teas. She suggests getting a large bowl with mixed salad greens, baby spinach leaves, a handful of dried cranberries, ½ red onion (thinly sliced) and a topping of chopped walnuts.
Fresh oranges (strained) or orange juice concentrate, thawed
Rice vinegar
4 large spoonfuls flax seed oil
4 large spoonfuls sesame oil
4 large spoonfuls walnut oil
Several pinches of cayenne
Salt and pepper

Orange juice to the blue ½ line of SaladSuccess shaker

Rice vinegar to the orange 2/3 line

Add flax seed oil, sesame seed oil, walnut oil, cayenne, salt & pepper.

Shake vigorously in SaladSuccess shaker.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.

thousand-islandsThousand Island dressing is always my first choice when eating salads with avocado or  eggs.  To really dress it up, add some shrimp on top of your salad and presto, it becomes dinner. Use low or no-fat mayonnaise for a healthier choice.




2 large heaping spoonfuls of sweet pickle relish

2 large spoonfuls of Worcestershire sauce
2 large heaping spoonfuls finely chopped green pepper
2 large spoonfuls of finely chopped onion
1 small spoonful of  paprika

2 dashes of salt

1 dash of pepper


Mayonnaise to the oil blue line

Ketchup to the top blue vinegar line

Add sweet pickle, Worcestershire, paprika, green pepper & fine onion

Salt & Pepper

Shake vigorously in the SaladSuccess Shaker TM

Due to the thickness of the dressing and the ingredients, you’ll need to spoon this dressing on to your salad.

For a change of pace, replace green pepper and onion with chopped celery & parsley.

I loved this dressing as a young adult, but now can never find it at any restaurant.  This is great on salad – with beets, of course – eggs, lobster, or as a sandwich spread.  It is thick, so you’ll need to unscrew the cap once you’ve given it a good shaking. To reduce calories and fat content go “lite” on the sour cream and mayonnaise.  Remember to put paprika over the dressing as an accent.


Sour Cream


Catsup or Chili Sauce

2 spoonfuls of finely grated Horseradish

4 spoonfuls of Caviar – if you have some on hand

2 spoonfuls of Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes of Tabasco

1 minced Kosher Pickle

1 stalk of minced Green Onion

½ spoonful of Sugar

Salt & Pepper



Sour Cream to the 1/3 orange line of SaladSuccess  Shaker

Mayonnaise to the 2/3 orange line

Catsup or Chili Sauce to the top orange line

Add horseradish, caviar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, pickle, green onion, and sugar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Shake vigorously in the SaladSuccess Shaker

Arrange salad, pour dressing on the greens, and add paprika.

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I never had this dressing in France.  Seems the French are nuts about vinaigrette, and when traveling in the USA, are confused about “french dressing” .  So as a kid, I never understood the term “French Dressing”.  Later I found that this is a lovely tomato base dressing that works well for any green salad.  By creating a garlic infusion base, the dressing takes on a subtle flavoring.


Olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Tomato paste



Garlic – 2 cloves peeled and chopped roughly

Salt & pepper


Olive Oil to the 2/3 orange line

Vinegar to the top orange line

Add chopped garlic

3 heaping spoonfuls of tomato paste

1 heaping spoonful of mustard

1 spoonful of sugar

Salt & pepper to taste

Shake vigorously in SaladSuccess shaker

Refrigerate this dressing

Adapted from The Woman’s Day Cookbook