Sunday, July 28, 2013

Grandmother's Lemon Salad Dressing

Not long ago, my neighborhood book club had dinner at Gigi's. She's an adventurous cook; we look forward to her dinners. The night she introduced us to "5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake" is a fond memory among the group.  

This time, the main course was a tasty Eastern European stuffed pepper dish, to complement The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht, a complex story weaving the dissolution of Yugoslavia with family relationships and mystery.

Our bonus was learning how to make a treasured family recipe. 

Gigi's German grandmother attended a Swiss finishing school in the early 1900's. Among the important lessons of domestic life was a recipe for a salad dressing sweet and tart enough to make salad a celebration.  

Gigi's grandmother used the recipe the rest of her life. When her daughter immigrated to America, the recipe immigrated with her. And Gigi has prepared it for 40 years and counting. 

The recipe is simple but the flavors are pure and a salad needs little more than tender lettuce and this dressing to kiss the tongue.

Grandmother's Lemon Dressing
(small salad)

Into a jar with a lid, squeeze the juice of one ripe lemon.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
~ 1/4 cup neutral oil such as grapeseed or canola.  Start with less--the amount will vary with the juiciness of the lemon and can be adjusted after combining.

Put the lid on and shake until blended.  Taste and adjust oil or seasoning as needed.

Dress and toss the salad just before serving.  

Feel free to pass the recipe on, Gigi's grandmother would be honored.

Copyright 2009-2013 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I can't wait to try it out.

  2. My mouth watered when I read this. It sounds so fresh. Just right for summertime.

    We are watching while a bumper crop of Meyer lemons slowly ripens on our trees this year. I can't wait to try them out on this jewel of a passalong recipe.

  3. It sounds delicious Kathleen, I will have to try it, I love the freshness of lemon juice.
    xoxoxo ♡

  4. We just came in from a walk and I'm a little warm. Saw that salad. Gosh it looks good.


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