Mamma Miaʻs Salad Dressing - Food as Medicine
Mamma Mia has salad with every dinner, if not salad as a her dinner. Her salad dressing, a signature gourmet condiment requested at all her bridge party pot lucks is simple, savory and tasty. Mamma Mia is a teeny weeny, Italian-American, retired widow with the zest of a teenager. I strongly believe Momʻs salad penchant is the secret of her perpetual peppiness. My sister and I left Momʻs nest long ago, so these days her life revolves around bridge games. Mom grew up in a Carrie St home on Goose Hill in Schenectedy, New York - a place where card games and food took center stage. My Grandma Josephine made a salad every night, but pinocle was the card game played. I have many childhood memories of sitting on an uncleʻs lap while cards were dealt and quarters antied. Mamma Mia gambles only on special occasions these days. Bridge is Mama Miaʻs killer game, and where she brings her killer salad dressing.
This the third in a series as I watch Mamma Mia in her kitchen. She throws ingredients together sans recipe. She has always cooked this way. An artist, whose canvas is the countertop.
"You gotta taste it every step of the way" Mom shakes her jar of dressing, dips a teaspoon in and touches her tongue to it.
"That seems like a lot of garlic salt" I say as I watch her dump in a full tablespoon. She shakes her jar, gives me a spoon to dip in . . . it tastes just right.
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/3 - 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp garlic salt
- 2 Tbsp ground oregano
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- a few grinds sea salt
- a few grinds black pepper
- Add olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon juice to glass bottle or jar, cover shake and taste.
- Add garlic salt - shaking and tasting as you add up to one tablespoon.
- Add oregano shaking and tasting as you add up to two tablespoons.
- Add dijon mustard - shaking and tasting as you add up to one tablespoon.
- Shake and taste while adding up to one tablespoon sugar.
- Add freshly ground black pepper and sea salt too taste.
EVOO - A Fountain of Youth?
EVOO is the only oil Mom uses. The George Mateljan Foundation Worldʻs Healthiest Foods website WHFoods.com describes EVOOʻs amazing arsenal against aging. The website lists 18 of EVOOʻs polyphenols which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. Due to the spotlight on olive oil in the Mediterranean diet, recent research has led to the discovery of EVOOʻs anti-inflammatory health, cardiovascular health, digestive health, cognitive health, bone health, and anti-cancer benefits. 76 year old Mamma Mia is in prime health. She will no doubt follow in the footsteps of my Grandma Josephine, who led an active, independent life until the year before her death at 96. Grandma Josephine loved olive oil.
Does the regular consumption of EVOO lead to a longer and healthier life?
The George Mateljan Foundation Worldʻs Healthiest Foods, Olive Oil, Extra Virgin http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=132 Web 10/22/2012