I have to admit that I don’t eat many fresh fruits and vegetables. I like fruit and some vegetables, but sometimes it’s easier to grab a candy bar or a tin of sardines. I’m lazy. Preparing salad diverts my efforts from other worthwhile endeavors. Like eating potato chips.
I was surfing recipes while I was at the bank drive thru when I found the perfect salad dressing recipe. As soon as I completed my transaction I had to go to Kroger for some oranges. This recipe captured my imagination that I had to get home to make it immediately. Or something like it.
I have great difficulty following recipes. I almost never follow a recipe. I see them as guidelines. When I saw the recipe for Citrus Shallot Salad Dressing, I was imagining Tangy Orange and Lime Salad Dressing sweetened with watermelon molasses.
I am very pleased with the results. The Tabasco lends the tiniest of bit of heat while you taste a faint hint of watermelon. It is so faint it is almost an afterthought. If you don’t want to burn up a whole day making watermelon molasses, you can always use a different sweetener. I think brown sugar would be a nice addition.
Juice from 2 oranges
Juice from 2 limes
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons watermelon molasses (or you can use honey or another sweetener)
1 large shallot, minced finely
2 dashes Tabasco
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake until combined.