Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

What do you do when you’re home alone?

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

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Put on something fancy and go to the soft-opening of your favorite coffee shop/cafe at their new location?

Sleep diagonally in bed?

Park in the middle of the driveway?

Take hopelessly long showers and try out all sorts of DIY face masks you’d be too embarrassed to have anyone else see you in?

Take the puppies for walks around the lake at dawn?  And then come home to snuggle under the electric blanket?

Eat coconut oil popcorn for dinner and spend far too much time in your pj’s

Read all of the cooking magazines you subscribe to, perform appropriate magazine tears, and put them in the pretty binder with plastic sleeves that you never remember to use?

Stay up way too late listening to podcasts and reading your latest book?  Then feel guilty the next morning because you know you should’ve gone to bed early (with the light on, of course!)

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

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Wear your husband’s favorite t-shirts to bed?

Spend an entire day getting your hair and nails done, before heading off to a massage?

Find yourself in the middle of lengthy and mundane conversations with your cats?

Eat meals that require little (or better yet) no cooking?  Or do you cook all sorts of decadent recipes you’ve wanted to try?  Only to end up with a fridge full of food that you’ll pawn off on grateful neighbors?

Make elaborate plans to get through the to-do list, and eventually do nothing because you were distracted by something shiny

Then, the day your husband is scheduled to come home from a week-long training class, rush around cleaning up all of the evidence?  Nothing to see here


Buy him a card that he’ll read while you’re making his favorite meal.  Because you always want to let him know how much you appreciate all of the things he does(!)

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing

I’ve been on a mission the past few months, to build my salad dressing repertoire.  My favorite kind is often out of stock at Whole Foods, and I’m always a bit bummed when I don’t have something delicious in the door of the fridge

Dressings like this one are great, in part, because they’re quick.  Everything into one container, mix, and you’re good to go.  At first blush, this design is shockingly bold.  Made not only with lemon juice, but entire lemon segments; and far more mustard than could possibly seem like a good idea.

But at the same time, also shows a bit of restraint.  There’s just enough capers and shallots to keep you going, along with gentler undercurrents of lemon juice, salt, and sweet.

The recipe’s author and owner of The Spotted Pig .. serves it with a fried pig’s ear salad, but mentions salads with other fatty meats, cheeses or avocado would also work.

Lemon Caper Salad Dressing



ps:  How to segment a lemon 

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~ Adapted from A Girl and Her Pig by JJ Goode and April Bloomfield

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