Hello folks and welcome back to the All Things Southern kitchen. I’ve got a very special recipe to share with y’all today, Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing. Hugo was a fine Italian gentleman who used to run a restaurant in our home town, Lake Providence, LA. Hugo’s salad had a reputation all its own and today, and it was all due to his famous Famous Salad Dressing. That’s what I’m here to share with y’all. I found it in my late mother-in-law’s cookbook. How she got the secret out of Hugo, is anybody’s guess, but that’s another story. Let’s get cooking, or mixing as is the plan today!
“Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing”
3 ounces garlic oil
3 ounces brown apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon crushed oregano
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
Folks, we’ll begin by washing our lettuce and setting it aside. Then we’ll take three ounces each of garlic oil and apple cider vinegar and combine ’em in a glass jar with a tight lid. Note: You simply must use olive oil. If you can’t find it on your grocery shelf, I’d recommend mincing several garlic cloves into a jar of olive oil and letting it marinate for a few days! I snapped a pic of the olive oil I’ve been using that is delicious times two!
Once we force our oil and vinegar to mix and mingle by shaking ’em up really good, we’ll add two tablespoons of capers, one tablespoon each of crushed oregano and black pepper and a 1/2 tablespoon of salt.
Mix this all up really well and drizzle it generously over fresh lettuce. Top with green and black olives and a cubed tomato. Now, to be clear, that is Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing. I like to add my own variations to the salad itself, like, like boiling a couple eggs to dice over it, adding homemade croutons, shredded parmesan, etc. I hope y’all enjoy Hugo’s Famous Salad Dressing! It’s good eating, from All Things Southern and the kitchen of the late Hugo Morara to yours!