This dressing came from ‘Gwen’, a winter neighbor of my (Roane County born) grandparent’s where they rented a cottage in Tavares, Florida in the
60’s. I didn’t discover that it was perfect for a Spinach Salad when warmed until I threw it in the microwave one day several years ago. Wow! Originally, the onion was hand-grated, and they kept the dressing in well-washed dish liquid bottles – the only squeeze bottles available at the time (and my family wonders where my recycling compulsion comes from).
1 cup salad oil
1 cup sugar
1 small onion (size of an egg)
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tsp. salt (I skip this – plenty in the ketchup)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp. celery seed
Raw leaf spinach – Clean and dry and tear into large pieces
Add your favorites:
Chopped hard boiled eggs
sunflower kernels (optional)
Cut up onion into food processor or blender (or grate very finely). Add oil, blend until onion is in tiny bits. Add sugar & ketchup & salt. Blend well. Drizzle vinegar slowly into mixture as you blend. Add celery seed. Blend well. Refrigerate. Great cold.
Warm dressing on stove top or in microwave & drizzle over salad ingredients to wilt slightly.
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