Basic Salad Dressing

Basic salad dressing is great dressing for all kind of salads or a base for variety of dressings, not as known as the mayonnaise bat has the advantage of being prepared with less fat. It is also one of the dressings that may be made without oil, and so finds favor with those to whom oil is not agreeable.

However, oil may be substituted for the butter or margarine that is given in the recipe. It will be noted that the preparation of this dressing is similar to that of a custard with the addition of flour. Since the flour requires longer cooking than the eggs, they are added last so that there will be no danger of overcooking them.


• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon mustard
• 2 tablespoons flour
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 eggs
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• 1/4 cup vinegar


  • Melt the butter in the inner pan of a double boiler, add the flour, salt, sugar, mustard, and milk. Cook until the mixture is thickened.
  • Beat the eggs, stir them into the mixture, and add the vinegar, beating rapidly. Place in the large pan of the double boiler and allow this to cook (stirring frequently) until the eggs have thickened.
  • Cool and serve. 

TIP: If the dressing curdles, it may be known that the eggs have cooked too long, but this condition may be remedied by placing the pan containing the dressing in a pan of cold water as soon as the curdling is observed and then beating vigorously with a rotary beater.

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Did You Know?

Early age related macular degeneration (ARMD) might be put on hold with a daily dose of spinach. In a preliminary study, men with the most common dry form of ARMD showed vision improvements after consuming four to seven servings a week (Journal of the American Optometric Association).

Macular degeneration is a medical condition usually of older adults that results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It occurs in “dry” and “wet” forms. It is a major cause of visual impairment in the elderly (>50 years). Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxantin, antioxidants that may protect retina.

Fat promotes lutein absorption, so try spinach sautéed in olive oil or mix spinach with other vegetables you like, than toss it with your favorite dressing.

Note: If you are taking blood thinning medication or you are prone to kidney stones, talk with your doctor before consuming spinach regularly.