Susie Jimenez: Get out of the heat with this summer salad dressing |

Susie Jimenez: Get out of the heat with this summer salad dressing

As the weather continues to heat up, no-cook and grilled meals become a lifesaver. The simplicity of a good but flavorful salad is something friends will remember. This dressing is simple but versatile.

Mustard dressing

¼cup whole grain mustard

¼ cup Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon agave

1 cup red wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until well blended. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks — assuming you don’t polish it off before then!

Baby kale salad with pears, blue cheese and almond

4-5 cups kale

1 Asian pear, sliced thin

1/2 cup almonds, walnuts or peanuts, rough chop

1/2 cup blue cheese; Gorgonzola is my favorite

Mix with kale and 1/8 cup of dressing.


Marinate flank steak in the dressing for 45 minutes and grill to medium rare with your favorite sides. The result is a tangy yet sweet caramelized flavor.


Add ¼ cup of dressing to 1 cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic. Dunk poached shrimp, grilled chicken tenders or your favorite veggies.

Susie Jimenez was runner-up on “Food Network Star” season 7 and owns a local catering company. Reach her at

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