By: Marie Rossiter
( photo by: Sinful Nutrition)
Creamy dill pickle salad dressing is a great way to reuse pickle juice
Once reserved primarily as a burger topping, pickles have stepped into the spotlight for recipes including ice cream, cupcakes, quick bread, and even cocktails. But not all pickle recipes are on the strange side — for example, creamy dill pickle salad dressing is something we had never considered before, but it makes perfect sense. After all, pickles are just flavored-up cucumbers, right?Sinful Nutrition shared a creamy dill pickle salad dressing recipe she thought up because she couldn’t face dumping the leftover pickle juice down the drain. “You put vinegar in salad dressing, so why not pickle juice?!” Writes blogger Emily Cooper. “No more brines left behind.”
Cooper added one avocado, along with some olive oil, to come up with a tangy dressing that is paleo-friendly, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. The blogger behind Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen prefers to use the juice from fermented pickles as the base of her salad dressing recipe. Fermented pickles, also known as Jewish kosher pickles, have lactic bacteria — “good bacteria” — from its brining process. This bacteria is actually good for our digestive systems because of their probiotic qualities, Yang writes.
You can find fermented pickles in the refrigerated section of your favorite grocery stores. Why? They do not contain vinegar, which acts as a preservative. As a result, they cannot be placed on the shelves due to spoilage risk, she writes.
For this pickle juice salad dressing with summer herbs, Yang adds fresh ingredients such as garlic, dill, and parsley to brighten up the taste. Also, she adds a dash of Dijon mustard to kick up the salad just a little bit.If creaminess isn’t your thing, there are a few other dill pickle dressing recipes out there, including a vinaigrette from Tasting Table and another from Food 52.
Have fun dressing your salads!