Mandy’s Salad Dressing

I adapted Mandy’s Salad Dressing to make my own version, swapping out the tomato paste which I always feel is something that needs to be cooked. This great, refreshing salad dressing will keep well so feel free to up the quantities and make one large batch at a time. Head straight on to the recipe ♥

Mandy's Salad Dressing
Mandy’s Salad Dressing

On Wednesday night, just past midnight I was woken by a loud banging. This was followed by the sound of something heavy being moved and thinking that someone might be removing the blocks protecting our newly laid driveway I went downstairs to investigate. Our neighbour’s outdoor light was on and my first thought that he too had been woken by the crashing noise. But no, he was the reason for the disturbing sounds. I am not sure what he was moving as I cannot see clearly into his driveway, but he carried on for nearly half an hour, before starting his vehicle and moving it. This disruption to my sleep meant I woke up feeling groggy. I had a total of 6 hours and 53 minutes of sleep and only 83% of it was restful. Meaning that the actual time I spent getting good sleep was 5 hours and 42 minutes. This resulted in the sleepy feeling persisting throughout the day and was not helped by eating potato salad at lunch time. I felt lazy the entire day but that did not stop me from getting all my errands run. It did however prevent me from wanting to do much more than watch TV when I got home. Supper was a simple salad, served with Mandy’s salad dressing and braaied chicken pieces.

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4.15 from 7 votes

Mandy's Salad Dressing

A quick and easy salad dressing that packs a punch of flavour
Recipe Category: Salad Dressing
Makes enough for: 1 batch salad dressing
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from the Complete Book


  • 80 mls rice wine vinegar
  • 5 sun dried tomato slices
  • 15 mls liquid from your sun dried tomatoes
  • 45 g honey
  • 1 medium orange, zest and juice
  • 2.5 cm root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 10 g parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 g mint leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 180 mls olive oil


  • Place the vinegar, sun dried tomatoes and liquid, honey, orange juice and zest, ginger, parsley and mint into a blender
  • Season generously to taste
  • Process until the tomatoes are completely broken down
  • Slowly add the oil until combined
  • Serve as needed, giving a good shake before using

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36 thoughts on “Mandy’s Salad Dressing

  1. How lovely for you to feature a recipe from my blog Tandy, thank you so much. Always nice when someone can change a recipe to make it even nicer.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

  2. I think this dressing looks absolutely yummy. I think I like the fresh ginger kick the best =) And I know exactly what you mean about sleep. I’m such a poor sleeper! I wish I didn’t get up 6 times a night to um, pee. It ruins sleep. I find if I don’t get 8 hours, I’m an absolute bear to live with. hehe. Just ask my kids. So I love the idea of a simply meal with yummy salad dressing on days like those.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi Tandy, I love a good salad dressing and this looks amazing, nothing like a simple salad when you are feeling a little out of sorts. Wonder what your neighbor was up too………

  4. Hello, may I ask where you got the original mandy’s salad dressing recipe? I don’t mind tomato pastes being uncooked and was wondering if i could get the original recipe somewhere online? 🙂

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