Follow Our Pinterest Food Board

Portuguese Salad Dressing with Roasted Garlic

This delicious Portuguese salad dressing is nice with a cheese and tomato salad. To make the salad, you can arrange a thinly sliced Portuguese cheese (these weigh about twelve ounces) and a couple of thinly sliced ripe tomatoes on a plate. Add some sprigs of fresh parsley and salt, as well as this garlic and red onion dressing. You can also turn this salad into a sandwich by layering the cheese and tomatoes with smoked ham between slices of bread. Add a little of this dressing to taste.

You will have some of this Portuguese salad dressing left over (it is not worth making a tiny amount only) so use it to drizzle over grilled chicken, fish or vegetables. The main ingredient in this Portuguese salad dressing is garlic and you will need a whole bulb (a whole head) of garlic to make it. The flavor of garlic changes as it cooks, much like the flavor of onion. It becomes softer and sweeter, so if a whole garlic bulb sounds like too much, do not worry because the quantity will be just right, especially when combined with the red onion, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt.

Garlic and Red Onion Salad Dressing Recipe
Summary: The aromatic influences of Portuguese cuisine are apparent in this tasty salad dressing, which is made with garlic and red onion. This fragrant dressing is so good.
Cuisine: Portuguese
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 whole garlic bulb
  • ⅓ cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup plus ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the pointed top off the garlic bulb to expose the cloves.
  3. Drizzle ½ teaspoon of the olive oil over the cut cloves and then wrap the garlic bulb in aluminum foil.
  4. Roast it for 45 minutes or until the garlic cloves are golden and tender.
  5. Let the garlic cool.
  6. Peel the garlic cloves and put them in a small bowl, with the onion, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  7. Whisk in the remaining ½ cup of oil.
(Makes 1 Cup)

Photo Description:

Garlic and red onion are the key ingredients in this Portuguese style salad dressing which also includes oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to balance the flavor. It might sound like a lot of garlic but the garlic is roasted in this Portuguese dressing, which means its sharp flavor turns into a sweet flavor, rather like onion when you caramelize it. The sweetness of the roasted garlic and the tart flavor of the red onion are wonderful together, and this is a nice dressing to choose if you are serving fish with salad because the flavors would be wonderful with such a meal.

Check Out Some of Our Other Hot Content

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

eight − 1 =

Rate this recipe:  

Sign up to our newsletter!

Custom Search

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.

Thanks for visiting,


Tasty Query - recipes search engine
Recipe Categories