Many people have the mistaken notion that River House salad dressing is only meant to be used as an accompaniment to your favorite collection of greens and vegetables, in a nice side dish that's a precursor to the main meal. Although this is certainly one excellent usage for the product, it is by no means the only one, and we want to help you expand your palate.
The next time you’re in the kitchen, get a little creative and give the below ideas a try, and you'll see for yourself how versatile this tasty little dressing can be. And once you've done that, feel free to invent your own uses for River House salad dressing: you'll undoubtedly come up with some unique and satisfying ways to enhance your meal.
Using dressing as a marinade
Instead of pouring dressing over a finished product, consider using it as a coating before cooking to enhance the flavor of various meats and other dishes.
Ever thought of roasting chickpeas? Most people haven't, but it's a creative way to make them the center of attention at the table rather than just another additive in your salad. All you have to do is wash a can of chickpeas, place them in a baking dish after mixing them with River House, and bake at 400 degrees until they're all crisped up.
Or, if you'd like to add a different flavor to your roast chicken, coat it with a little salt and pepper along with River House before popping it in the oven. You can also grill your chicken outdoors using this method if you're doing some summertime meal prep. Some people have even used River House dressing as a delicious taste enhancer when making stir fry. To do this, you should cook down your vegetables in the wok, and when they're just about done, add in the dressing and make sure that everything gets coated with it. Then sit back and wait for the compliments to come pouring in.
How about roasting some veggies to tantalize your dinner guests? Since everyone is on the healthy kick to eat right and eat more vegetables, this should be a very popular item on your dinner menu. Cut up some mushrooms, onions, carrots, zucchini, green peppers, and red peppers, then coat them all with River House salad dressing. Then set your baking dish in the oven at 400 degrees, and bake until the vegetables begin to caramelize. Allow a few minutes for the veggies to cool, then serve.
Using dressing in your favorite recipes
River House salad dressing can also be used as a simple but tasty substitute or add-in to your regular favorites.
Everyone loves mashed potatoes, and if you really want to add some zest to them when you have guests for dinner, try adding River House to the mix. Prepare your potatoes as usual by boiling them until soft and then mashing them. Now add in some butter, heavy cream, sour cream, and River House. Mix them thoroughly, and top with chives before serving. Voila! A new and exciting way to serve an age-old favorite.
For something a little more unique, mix dressing in with hummus and spread it over bread as an appetizer for your dinner guests. You'll not only keep them guessing, but they'll probably be asking you for your recipe all evening long. And if you like potato salad, try substituting River House for at least some of the mayonnaise it calls for to add a ton of flavor to your simple side dish.
Here's another mouth-watering dish to try: butternut squash livened up with River House dressing. To start, cut your squash lengthwise down the middle and scoop out all the seeds. Rub with oil and sprinkle on a little salt and pepper and roast at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. Then cut the squash horizontally into slices about every half-inch or so. Turn the oven down to 375 and place the squash back in after topping it with mixed River House, allspice, brown sugar, and chopped pecans. In half an hour, you'll have a treat fit for a king!
Using dressing as a sauce
You can also use River House dressing as a straight dipping sauce for raw veggies so you'll get a mouthful of flavor in every bite. And when you want to add some life to your pizza, here's a technique you should try: after you've got the crust spread out on your pizza pan, add on the cheese and any other ingredients you like, and then top it all off with River House dressing. The tangy flavor of the dressing is a perfect counterpart to the salty flavor of the pizza, and it's likely to become your new favorite way of making it!
Using dressing to make butter
This is a simple recipe that is sure to end up making the best-tasting butter spread you've ever had. Soften two sticks of butter and then add them into a blender with 1/2 cup of parsley, thyme, and sage. Put your blender on pulse mode and scrape the sides frequently during the blending process. Once you're done, it can be served immediately to your guests as a topping for dinner rolls, potatoes, or on anything else that ordinary butter would be used for.
Using dressing as a condiment
Instead of the usual ketchup and mustard, why not live dangerously and add some River House dressing as a topping to your burger? It goes perfectly with the lettuce and tomato on top and will add a zesty new flavor that will transform an otherwise ho-hum sandwich into a real taste experience. You can also use River House as an enhancement on your favorite wrap to provide a brand-new flavor using mostly the same ingredients. Stack in your wrap components separately, then coat with dressing and roll up the wrap just before eating to keep everything fresh and exciting.
The possibilities for using River House salad dressing are endless: there’s no limit to the number of dishes that you could make a little more special with it. Anyone who has ever been involved in food preparation knows that meals tend to be repeated every week as we fall into the same routines for the sake of convenience and saving time. To add some quick, inexpensive variety to those meals and make them seem new again, experiment with River House dressing. You’re sure to whip up something new and exciting that everyone in the family will enjoy!