Fresh Dill Salad Dressing

by Pamela

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I would be remiss if I didn’t profess my undying love for fresh herbs.  I waxed poetic about fresh dill a week or so ago when I posted up that yummy mustard dill dipping sauce.   Today, I’ve got a fresh dill salad dressing that I’m loathe to admit is a Bobby Flay recipe – although he calls it a fresh dill vinaigrette and it was used on a smoked salmon dish, not a salad.


As soon as I took a taste of this salad dressing, I swore I heard the birds begin to chirp and a choir of angels sing.  It was something like when Maria von Trapp was twirling around in the mountains singing about the hills being alive except that she wasn’t twirling on a mountain top, but squishing around, with worms between her toes, in a garden with dill plants tickling her armpits because they were so tall.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit melodramatic even for me (or not).  The flavor of this dill dressing is quite amazing though (if you like dill).  I could go on and on about how easy it is to make your own salad dressing, how it’s much healthier or even lay on the frugality factor of making your own dressing.  But I’m not going to waste my breath (or pixels in this case).  This dill salad dressing is delicious (Bobby Flay or not).  In fact, Craig also has a disdain for all things Flay as well.  When I served him this salad, dressed with this stuff he was ooohhing and aaaahing.  He asked if I had come up with this recipe and I hesitated to admit that I had actually made a Bobby Flay recipe.  But when I fessed up, he couldn’t believe it, and agreed that this dressing needs to be made again and again around here.

Relationship Advice

This is for all of you guys out there who think I only cater to women when it comes to relationship advice (yes, I really do read your e-mails…and sometimes I’ll actually take action on them…like right now.)

Here are my 5 tips for hooking up at a bar. (Yes, I do think you can meet Ms. Right – or at least Ms. Rightnow at a bar.  I’ve got personal experience with this.)

  • Don’t sit there all night staring at her.  First of all, you’ll look like a stalker and freak her out.  Secondly, if you don’t approach her within the first few minutes of staring at her and catching her eye, she’ll think you have no stones and want nothing to do with you later when you’ve consumed enough liquid courage to stumble over and introduce yourself while smelling like the Jack Daniel’s distillery.
  • When talking to her, don’t be selfish and only talk about yourself.  She’ll assume that you’re also selfish in bed and dismiss you pretty quickly.  At the same time, don’t ask her a bunch of personal questions when you first meet her, she’ll think you’re a stalker.
  • If you can’t get her to break even the tiniest of smiles when you’re talking to her, she’s just not that into you.  Move on.  Don’t take it as a challenge to get her to smile before you’ll leave, just leave.  Trust me on this one…you will not win.  She will ultimately rain down a verbal hell fire on you that you haven’t heard since your high school girlfriend found out that you were cheating on her.
  • There’s perseverance and then there’s insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results).  Don’t go to the same bar night after night and expect your dream girl to eventually walk through the door.  If you haven’t met anyone at that place as long as you’ve been going there, then you need to find a new place.  Either that, or you need to lower your standards if you’re not willing to try new things.
  • Don’t go to the bar specifically looking to hook up.  This may be a shock to you, but just like you guys can smell desperation on a woman, we women can smell a guy on the prowl from a mile away.  Look like your having fun with your friends or go to the bar with one of your female friends (women can make excellent wingmen).  Women want to see a guy that looks like he’s having some fun at a bar and not on a counterstrike mission.  While we may know that we’re a conquest, we don’t want to feel like we’re being stalked through the jungle of people at a bar.


Recipe: Fresh Dill Salad Dressing


  • 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Shallot
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Place vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, dill, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified.
  2. Transfer the vinaigrette to a bowl or squeeze bottle.

Notes: Recipe from Bobby Flay

Preparation time:  10 Minutes

Cooking time:  0 Minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet (other): Gluten free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: USA (General)


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Mike July 13, 2011 at 7:53 am

by the way, i was joking. I have word issues as you can see.

Pamela July 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Sorry for the confusion. In the future I promise to try and keep my multiple personalities in check and not allow them to write a post at the same time. I’m glad to hear that you liked the “normal one’s” recipe though. You’ll probably be relieved to hear that I don’t have children to pass these phrases on to. 🙂

Mike July 13, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Pamela. You are clearly a better person than I am. I am glad you took my comments as a joke as well. My friend read them and said I sounded more than a little scary. That’s the problem with joking around in writing. It seems all funny as I visualize the intensity of the comments about salad dressing but now can see how in writing they seem a bit Darth-Vader-in-a-bad-mood-ish. You’d be a great mother if you are interested in recipes and cooking, despite the “waxing poetic” and ………..My God I cant stop myself from being drawn down the dark road! It is like an illness! I think my mother would have said to me “whats it like to be so perfect?”. Bloody hell, it is like using my own sword on myself.

Thanks again.

Pamela July 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Well Mike, good friends will let you know when you’ve ventured into stalker mode (bad friends won’t tell you but will tell the reporters that they’ve seen strange behavior in you for years…so they aren’t surprised when something bad happens to you), so keep those friends of youra around – they’re good friends. 🙂

I actually found your comments to be funny, which is why I responded the way that I did. I hope you’ll stick around for more of my literary nonsense and culinary genius ( 😉 ). Please leave a comment whenever you like. I enjoy your company.

Mike July 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Aaaaaaand (not done yet)………..funnily enough both friends who read the comments said they had written down the recipe as it sounded quite good and simple. There you go. You know you have reached out and touched some people – one in the UK, one in Germany, the other in Canada. Job well done.

Mike July 13, 2011 at 6:48 am

Good recipe but you should stop talking like a fruitcake (sorry, but my mom was old school and used “nuttier than a fruitcake” etc so i picked it up). What the hell with “waxing poetic”, “being remiss”, “confessing undying love for herbs” and (worst of all) “yummy”. Thank God you didnt say “drizzle” or the paramedics would be using the paddles on me and doing CPR right now getting ready to notify next of kin. Great sense of humor joking about Sound of Music (Maria was hot) but knock it off with the other stuff – the contrast of cool and dork was confusing. It is as if it was written by 2 different people; one cool, one fruitcake dork who lives to take their kids to soccer and make dressings. Again, great dressing but get a grip; it is embarrassing.

Nancy@acommunaltable May 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

My reader is filled with awesome recipes this morning… and now I see this – my week is now complete!!! I love dill and this dressing would be terrific on so many things – salads, fish, shellfish, chicken….. heck, it would probably be good just slathered on my fingers!!!

Pamela May 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Yeah, I’ve been putting it on all kinds of things. I’m totally in love with the color.

rebecca May 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm

great dressing and good advice made me smile

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks May 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Just planted some dill in my garden. This dressing looks and sounds so enticing, I can’t wait the few weeks till those darn seeds blossom. Think I’m going to have to go buy some at the store so I can make a huge salad with this dressing.

Feast on the Cheap May 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Love that first photo… This looks like such a fresh spring dressing!

lisaiscooking May 12, 2011 at 6:17 am

Yesterday, I was looking through a stack of pages I had cut from magazines. I have a page or two from Food and Wine with several salad dressings from Bobby Flay. This wasn’t one of them, but maybe salad dressing is his new niche. I do love dill, so I have to try this while I still have some in my garden!

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