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Sweet Saffron French Dressing Recipe

This recipe might sound very unusual if you are used to traditional salad dressing recipes but you must taste this to believe it. If you are adventurous enough to make this saffron French dressing recipe with chocolate, you will find it exciting, rich, and surprisingly good.

This dressing thickens when it is refrigerated so give it a good stir before you serve it. It is lovely served over mixed greens with sweet onion rings, fresh sliced mushrooms, and mandarin segments. You can swap the mandarin segments for fresh orange segments if you like. The slight bitterness of the orange is lovely with the saffron. If you want, you can leave out the chocolate and pistachios and serve the resulting French dressing recipe over mixed leaves and fruit.

Another idea is to drizzle this dressing over a plate of fruit. Choose a combination of tart fruit like Granny Smith green apples and grapefruit, along with sweeter ones like peach slices and pineapple chunks. Serve small plates of salad with this saffron French dressing recipe for an unusual and mouthwatering appetizer if you have guests over. They will never be able to guess the ingredients in the dressing but one thing is for sure – they will love it.

Unusual French Dressing Recipe with Pistachios
Summary: One of our most adventurous salad dressings, this one includes chocolate chips, tarragon, saffron, and orange for a wonderful taste. This lends an eclectic touch to your salad.
Cuisine: French
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 15
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  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup bottled dark French dressing
  • ½ cup nondairy liquid creamer
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Pinch of salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender container.
  2. Blend on a low speed until the nuts and chocolate chips pulverize, then on a high speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve at once or refrigerate for later.
(Makes 3 Cups)

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This exquisite French inspired dressing has some eclectic ingredients in there, such as chocolate chips, pistachios and saffron, along with some typical ingredients like tarragon, orange juice and dark French dressing. This unusual mixture works really well, whether you are having it over mixed baby salad leaves or mesclun, or having something sweet in your salad like mandarin segments or melon balls, or even a contrasting earthy taste like mushrooms. Maybe add some caramelized onion rings as well. You can work your magic, creating an amazing salad, then drizzle this incredible dressing over it.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

I have collected lots of salad recipes all in one place, to make finding the perfect salad for the occasion as convenient and easy as possible. Making a special salad can take as few as 5 minutes or you might be using freshly grilled seafood or meat as some of the ingredients, or adding other special touches.

Whether you are looking for a chicken salad or egg salad recipe, something international or unusual, or an elegant salad for a dinner party, you will find it all here. We have salads for carnivores and vegetarians, and also plenty of sensational salad dressings for you to consider. So take a look at some of our exciting salad recipes and choose something amazing to impress your family with.

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