Secret Salad Dressing

This is a secret salad dressing because it was something served at a local restaurant for many years, which no-one in my extended family could figure out the recipe for, but everyone viewed as being the best salad dressing they had ever tried. It has finally been figured out, mainly through my father’s experimentation (the secret appears to have been the American mustard, not a particularly common ingredient in Ireland). It’s very simple to make, and lovely with any type of fresh leaves you want, plus maybe some chopped onion, cucumber, walnuts, pine nuts or really whatever you fancy. This makes enough dressing for four side salads.


  • 1 tablespoon American mustard (the squeezy sweet kind thats served on hotdogs) e.g. French’s.
  • 2 teaspoons sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons walnut or olive oil.
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic.
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cream.


  • Mix the first five ingredients vigorously in a jam jar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of the cream . Taste.
  • If required, add more cream.

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