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Secret salad dressing recipe

July 20, 2011 - Dorma Tolson
During the summertime, picnics are just about an every weekend occurrence at our home. Our family can be found swimming and grilling out nearly every Sunday, weather permitting. We have an in-ground swimming pool so we never get lonely when temperatures are soaring. Of course, potato or macaroni salad are standard fare for a successful cookout. The cooks in my husband's family have become known as some of the best potato and macaroni salad makers in this part of the world. What's our secret? The dressing. A recipe which is credited to Gary's late grandmother, Jessie Barcus, makes our salads stand out from the rest. After you eat this, you will no longer be satisfied eating "store-bought" salads, and you'll most likely turn your nose up at other people's homemade offerings, too. The dressing is not only delicious, it's easy to make. I may get into trouble for divulging a "secret" family recipe, but here goes:

Grandma Barcus' salad dressing

2 1/2 Tbs flour 3 Tbs vinegar 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water

Mix the above ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat and let it cook for 1 minute or until thick. Let it cool then add about 3 Tbs of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip salad dressing (my personal preference); about 2 Tbs of mustard, 2 Tbs of sweet relish and salt and pepper to taste. Don't be afraid to add more of the mayo, mustard or relish to suit your own tastes. Mix it with the cooked macaroni or potatoes and add six hard-boiled eggs, chopped onion and celery. Chill for several hours before serving.


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