Backside BFF:Peter Rabbit Salad Dressing

September 21, 2010

This recipe caught my eye for two reasons: 1. Carrot juice? In a salad dressing? That’s freaking weird. I like weird. 2. This salad dressing only has a teaspoon of oil in it.

That’s right, friends and neighbors. One measly teaspoon. Now if you’ve ever watched Ina or Tyler Florence or god forbid, Paula Deen whip up a salad dressing on The Food Network, you know that there’s usually at least 1/2 cup of oil in a salad dressing recipe.

This recipe yields 2 cups of dressing. In short? This salad dressing is your butt’s best friend.

I don’t know about you, but my ass could use an ally. Lately KitchyWitchy’s been slacking at the gym and has rediscovered Twizzlers. It’s a little ugly, folks.

I didn’t follow the recipe for the actual salad that went with the dressing, because that was a little *too* weird for me. The salad had all kinds of sprouts and shoots in it and looked…well…disturbingly like hair.

So I created my own. I had leftover rotisserie chicken (I always seem to have leftover rotisserie chicken), and some greens, and so I rummaged around for some other goodies.

With the dressing containing sesame oil and Sriracha ( hot sauce), I thought it had kind of an Asian Vibe going, so I sliced up some celery and scallions, threw in some carrots and, at the last minute, toasted up some slivered almonds for thrills. I mean, hey, the salad is virtuous enough; I think some nut-love is justified here. If you’re really feeling edgy, you could probably put in some of those chow mein noodle thingys instead and still feel unashamed.

I liked the contrast of the leafy greens and the crunchy celery; if I’d had bean sprouts or water chestnuts, I bet they’d be good in this, too. Honestly, you can mess around with any number of ingredients–mandarin oranges, snow peas, mushrooms, jicama…whatever. Just keep the Asian flair and you’ll be all right.

The dressing definitely has a kick–so if you fear the spice, start with half the amount of Sriracha and adjust according to taste.

I made this salad for two people for lunch, so I have plenty of dressing left over. I liked it; it’s quite light and refreshing. Plus, carrot juice? Healthy stuff! I can justify a few Twizzlers if I eat this for lunch, don’t you think?

Spicy Carrot Dressing

from Gourmet Magazine’s favorites 2010

1 pint fresh carrot juice

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon Sriracha

1 teaspoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

a few grinds of fresh pepper

1/8 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (my addition)

Mix ingredients together well and toss with any goodies you come up with.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon September 22, 2010 at 5:12 am

Interesting, but I think I’ll just have the Twizzlers. Please and thank you.


Erica@PinesLakeRedhead September 22, 2010 at 5:37 am

I’ve never considered a hot, spicy salad dressing before. Nor have I ever heard of Sriracha or Chinese five-spice powder…

OK, that really long pause was me contemplating whether or not I want to step outside my comfort zone. Jury is still out. Pass me a Twizzler, please.


Phoo-d September 22, 2010 at 5:40 am

This sounds a lot like the delicious carrot ginger salad dressing we bought at WF when I was out visiting. I got a juicer over the summer and will have to give this a try!


Keyona September 22, 2010 at 5:52 am

I’m not too sure about the carrot juice thing….but I guess I’ll trust you. ;)


elizabeth September 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

Hmmm. Carrot juice without being masked by large amounts of salt (V8) or fruit juice (V8 Fusion)? Not too sure of that one. I do like that it’s spicy, however–certainly a break from the vinegary bite that the husband tends to favor.


Erin Margolin September 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

this sounds divine and sooooooo good! I’m glad you can adjust the spiciness of it b/c I’m kind of a wimp.



Jennifer September 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

So was it carroty? Carrots are gross. Do I sound like the hardest person in the world to cook for?


Jane September 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

And at my house? We never have leftover rotisserie chicken. My family devours it. However, whenever we grill I always have my husband grill chicken breasts for later in the week so this recipe is being printed out right now. AND it’s another reason to use the Chinese Five Spice powder collecting dust (the jar, not the spices) in my pantry. Thanks for expanding my horizens with CFS.


Jenna September 22, 2010 at 8:36 am

I’m sorry to hear that you got hacked . . . but at least it produced a really funny post. =) And this salad dressing sounds perfect. Send all the spice my way, baby.


Stacia September 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

Sriracha. I love that I always learn fun, new words when I come for a visit, Kitch. Sriracha! =>


terrycastle September 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Miss your wit, your food, you! Glad to hear your words again. Miss you.


~Laura September 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I’m with the early commenters. Please pass the twizzlers…


Maria September 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I love Asian anything, as you know that I have been experimenting with Thai…must try this. I bet it would be delicious with grilled shrimp!


Evan @swEEts September 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm

What a great way to spice up my normal salad dressing (I’m so lazy I usually just do oil and vinegar.. lame I know)


Bryan September 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Sounds like a great dressing I love carrot juice add Sriracha and you just can’t go wrong. Ok confession time my twizzler loving friend… mix your bourbon and coke then bite the ends off of a twizzler and use it for a straw! The sweet strawberry goodness infused into your drink! I know that you are making fun of me… but I’ll bet you try it ;~)


TKW September 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Bryan, I’ve done it, babe. Twizzlers make great straws :)


Mrs.Mayhem September 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

OK, the recipe sounds super… although I’ve never heard of Sriracha (or Chinese five-spice powder, for that matter), but I’m willing to bet that my local grocery doesn’t carry it (them).

So where do you find these ingredients? Whole Foods? I love WF, but the closest one is 40 minutes from my house.


TKW September 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Mrs, M.–I live in the Rocky Mountains and I can find both ingredients at Kroeger and Safeway and Albertsons. In the Asian Food section. If you can’t…complain. :)
Or email me your address, and I’ll send you both!


Heather September 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

The Twizzlers got to you too? They are my true weakness… Especially the pull apart ones – Wait… the mice didn’t get you started did they???


theUngourmet September 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

My butt could use this dressing as well. Tonight I was jogging around my living room like a freak to burn some calories. My daughter thinks I’m a nut. Funny, I think I’m a nut too! ;D


Camilla September 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I love the idea of carrot juice for a dressing, I’m thinking maybe a little ginger and chilli too? time to play and hopefully watch my ass stay put for a change!


Sarah September 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

Mmm, Sriracha and carrot juice and Asian flair. My ass could definitely use a taste of this spicy concoction.


Barbara September 23, 2010 at 6:21 am

Ummmmm ….carrot juice? Are you and my daughter sisters under the skin? She comes home and gets out the vegetable squeezer (who knows what it’s really called but I was frog marched into a store to get one for her years ago….I think with the hope that it would remain on the counter after she left and I would actually use it) and she throws a bunch of veggies in there and out comes this god awful drink. And carrots are a big part of it.
I am turned off.
And you better keep your ass away from my blog this week cause you’ll get mad at me. :)


SuziCate September 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

Never been a fan of hot sauce but love cooking with Sriracha. My butt needs a friend, so thanks for the recipe!


Michelle September 23, 2010 at 7:10 am

Funny – and you can definitely have your Twizzlers if you eat this. : ) Sounds really interesting, aka weird, but still really tasty. LOL


grace September 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

well that’s…unique. i’m a little scared, but the very presence of sriracha gives me confidence. :)


rebecca @ altared spaces September 23, 2010 at 8:08 am

Laughed OUT LOUD 4 times. “Hair” Yeah, I’m not eating anything that looks like hair either.

Please keep your butt home because it’s making it much easier for me to get my quota of 35 laughs per day. Thank you very much.

We have a party every year called decadent day and we use Twizzlers as straws at that party. The whole meal is desserts. Fabulous party. Last year there was a mud fight. Glorious.

Sriracha is one of my favorites. You rock! …. while staying very still chomping on Twizzlers.


Megan September 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love Sriracha. This looks yummy. I was just thinking today that I need to start focusing my diet and veggies & fruits again. I will have to make this soon, I have some leftover rotisserie chicken in our fridge too! :)


Sherri September 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

Too funny – so many people here with butts that need allies and friends. Going to try this… like all that I see and hear in this recipe…..


The Curious Cat September 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

oooo this sounds very peculiar but I want to try…I’m getting into my dressings and your balsamic one kicked arse! xxx


Tiffany September 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Since I eat a salad every freaking day, I would love to try a new salad dressing! Now I just have to figure out where that hot sauce is in my grocery store.


Rudri September 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Because my family and I are vegetarian, this recipe looks especially delicious. I think with Sriracha I can even get my husband to be on board with this salad. Thanks KW!


Paula September 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I’ve never made carrot juice or bought it but now I have a reason to give it a try. And I can relate to leftover rotisserie chicken. Seems like that stuff multiplies in my freezer.


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