Recipe by Anna Wilhelm
"Sweet Italian salad dressing with garlic and a hint of spice. This was given to me by a restaurant."
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red pepper flakes
ground black pepper
Well, I've never eaten at the "Double Nickel" but their dressing is pretty good. I don't think I'd qualify this as a "sweet Italian" vinaigrette, but more of a "sweet mustard" vinaigrette with a bit of a kick from the red pepper flakes. I cut the recipe in half and knew right away that 1/2 cup of sugar was going to be waaaay to sweet so I used 1/4 cup (2 Tbsp. of Splenda). I upped the red pepper flakes a bit and used white wine vinegar. I didn't have corn oil so I used olive oil and half that amount - 1/2 cup. I put everything into my mini-food processor and gave let it go. Since it was a bit on the thin side I added 1 & 1/2 tsp. of dijon mustard. Next time I will most likely cut back even more on the sugar....but overall the sweet and spicy can be adjusted to one's personal taste. Very good over mixed greens.
I did not care for this, it is simply too sweet. I scaled the recipe to 10 servings then further reduced the sugar from 1/3 to 1/4 cup. I wasn't too bad the first night, but after sitting in the fridge over night it was like eating candy on my salad.
When I mixed this up (and it was a snap in the food processor, 1 star for that!), I tasted it and thought waaaay too sweet! Since it makes a lot, I went ahead and tossed the salad with it and everyone liked it, a lot. It has just the right heat to go with the sweet and it works. Different from the usual, but good. I know I will try this again, but recommend the recipe be cut in half for first time users as it makes a lot and the sweet/hot combination might not be to your liking. The only substitution I made was red wine vinegar for white vinegar.
I've actually eaten at the Double Nickel!! This dressing was great, but I did as others suggested and cut back on the amount of sugar, heaped the tablespoons of ground mustard, and used white wine vinegar. Will definitely use again. Thanks for the recipe!!
This dressing is wonderful. I marinate diced chicken in it for an hour then fry it until it carmalizes which doesn't take long. Then I serve it on a bed of lettuce with diced celery, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese! YUM! Great cool meal on hot summer days
I almost didn't try this because the reviews were reserved... but I'm glad I did because I absolutely LOVED it. At the suggestion of others, I cut back slightly on the sugar, but since I'm a fan of poppy seed dressings and other sweet concoctions. I didn't think this was too sweet unless you drown your salad. Use it sparingly and you'll be fine. I really liked the garlic flavor and the tang that the red pepper gave this recipe - I'll be making it regularly. Thanks!
I scaled this down to 6 servings because I used it on pasta salad. Im nto a fan of using plain white vinegar in this I think a wine vinegar would add alot of depth. Worked fine for a spaghetti/broccoli/tomato salad.
I made a version with a few changes, but it was AMAZING! If anyone lives around Northern Illinois and knows about Portillo's salads, it tastes really similar to their chopped salad dressing if you cut back the sugar to 1/4 C, and add oregano and about a half a tablespoon of horseradish. Thank you so much for posting this. It is a great dressing!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Double Nickel Dressing
Serving Size: 1/30 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 30
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 159
** Calories from Fat: 134
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