Shake things up with OXO's new Salad Dressing Shaker and this Indian-inspired dressing.
1 cup plain yogurt
2.5 Tbps. ginger-garlic paste (available at Indian grocers; I used Vegi's brand)
1.5 tsp. curry powder (each blend is a little different; I used the Kroger/Ralph's blend cause I had it on hand)
1 Tbsp. honey
You'll Also Need:
(Optional) OXO Salad Dressing Shaker
Makes about 1.25 cups dressing.
The AHH Factor: For much of my life, I've had a love-hate relationship with salad. I love the promise of it -- a plateful of healthful leafy greens topped with a vibrant array of colorful vegetables -- but in reality the promise almost always wilts when it comes to the dressing. I mean, when it comes to the calories, sometimes I'd be better off pouring a milkshake over my greens. And we've all heard the "dip, don't pour" calorie-counting advice, but, even then, I feel so guilty with every dip and dab that I usually resort to eating my salads without any dressing at all. Which, predictably, rather quickly results in my not eating salad, period.
Lately, with the encouragement of Nick, who loves salad (as does his mother), I've been reading salad dressing labels carefully to find ones I am comfortable with using. Sometimes I'll simply use olive oil, flavored vinegar, and seasonings. And I've found that with the right dressing, salad is a beautiful thing. It's a terrific means to adding more vegetables to our diets. (Yes, honey, you were right.)
With all that said, I'm especially thankful that kitchen tool maker OXO choose me to try out its new Salad Dressing Shaker. The Shaker is made of a BPA-free, break-resistant, and dishwasher safe material. Once ingredients are added, screw the top on, and shake to quickly mix dressings with no spills. The top lever flips back for pouring and forward to seal. Leftover dressing can be stored in the airtight Shaker inside the fridge, so you can eat your homemade dressing all week long.
I'm pleased with the measurements on the side. I love its vibrant green accents, similar to that of the salad you're pouring it in. (There's also a black-accented version.) It truly seems spill-proof and sturdy. It bills itself as having a "wide opening ideal for adding a range of ingredients like oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, onions, and spices." I associate yogurt with Indian food, so I made a yogurt-based dressing. The "shaking" part didn't work great, since both yogurt and honey are so thick. However, I gave the ingredients few simple stirs with a spoon and the dressing was good to go. To any OXO execs looking to make version 2.0, I'd suggest considering a blender ball, similar to the kind that are in protein shakers. However, I still think it's worth the money as my thick concoction poured pleasantly smoothly out of the spout. Plus, I've been re-using it for days because it stores easily in the fridge as a grab-and-pour dressing.
Updated 5/14/12: Congratulations to reader John Billiris for winning the OXO Salad Dressing Shaker. The giveaway is now closed.
If you want to try out an OXO Salad Dressing Shaker, here's your opportunity to get one for FREE. I'll mail one lucky blog reader a Shaker. (It's a green one, like mine :) )
To enter, simply email me at sree [at] saagahh.com with the subject line "OXO Salad Dressing Shaker Giveaway." Include your name and address in the body of the email, as that's what I'll use to mail you the Shaker if you win.
For one extra entry into the giveaway, leave a comment below about what ingredients I should try in my Shaker next! (Tip: If you have a Gmail account, just sign in using the "Google account". If not, use the "Name/URL" option and feel free to leave the URL line blank.)
Rules: Open to U.S. residents only. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, 5/11/12. The winner will be drawn using a random number generator. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.
Disclosure: OXO provided me with the Shaker I used for this dressing for free, plus provided for free the Shaker I'll be giving away (including shipping to pay for the giveaway), through its Blogger Outreach Program.