This sweet and tangy onion dressing was a recipe shared by my Mother-in-law, it is always a treat to eat her fresh salads with this delicious dressing drizzled over top and this dressing also tastes delicious as a topping for Amish haystacks or crispy baked chimichangas! My favorite salad with this sweet and tangy onion dressing is a simple spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts or pecans and feta cheese on top. See below the recipe card for a list of other family favorite dinner options.
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Mary’s Sweet and Tangy Onion Dressing
- Blender (linked below)
- Cutting board (linked below)
- Chef's knife (linked below)
- Condiment bottle (linked below)
- 1/2 cup chopped white or yellow onion *see note
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- Chop the onion, then place into a blender. Add sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, prepared yellow mustard, white vinegar and mayonnaise.
- Blend until creamy, then remove the center cap and slowly drizzle in the one cup of vegetable(or canola) oil, while the blender is still running at a low or medium speed.
- Once the oil is fully combined and the dressing is creamy, pour the onion dressing into a condiment jar or squeeze bottle and keep refrigerated. Serve with fresh salads, hay stacks, roasted potatoes and more!
Equipment needed for this Homemade Sweet and Tangy Onion Dressing:
- Blender You will need a blender or food processor to blend the ingredients together until this homemade onion dressing is smooth and creamy.
- Cutting board A cutting board is useful for chopping up the onion and leaving less mess and no scratches on your countertop surface.
- Chef’s knife I like to use a bigger chef’s knife for chopping up veggies like the onion used in this salad dressing.
- Condiment bottle A squeezable condiment bottle with a sealable cap is very nice to have for storing this homemade sweet and tangy onion dressing in.
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Family favorite dinners to pair with this Sweet and Tangy Onion dressing over a salad:
- Chicken bacon and ranch pasta
- Beef and rice casserole
- The best cream cheese lasagna
- White chicken skillet lasagna
- Cheesy Italian potato casserole
Step 1, 2 and 3: Chop the onion, then place into a blender. Add sugar, salt, pepper, celery seed, prepared yellow mustard, white vinegar and mayonnaise. Blend until creamy, then remove the center cap and slowly drizzle in the one cup of vegetable(or canola) oil, while the blender is still running at a low or medium speed. Once the oil is fully combined and the dressing is creamy, pour the onion dressing into a condiment jar or squeeze bottle and keep refrigerated. Serve with fresh salads, hay stacks, roasted potatoes and more!
Why should I drizzle the olive oil in slowly instead of pouring it all in at once?
Adding the olive oil slowly to the dressing while it is blending makes a smoother emulsion (a fine dispersion of minute droplets of one liquid into another). If you add the olive oil too fast, the oil and vinegar will want to stay separated and won’t create the smooth dressing you are looking for in this homemade sweet onion dressing.
This sweet onion dressing is delicious on top of these crispy baked chimichangas, or on a fresh strawberry and feta spinach salad. Really, the options are endless with this sweet and tangy onion based dressing! You can also use it as a topping for Amish hay stacks which are made with rice or potatoes, pasta and loads of toppings. My favorite Amish haystack is made taco style (the recipe is linked in above) with rice, tortillas, cup cheese spread and dressings like the sweet and tangy onion dressing, Ranch dressing or thousand Island dressing (can’t you tell I love dressing?
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