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Boston's The Tea Room Salad Dressing

Subject: salad dressing recipe
From: Jayne
Date: 11/30/2018, 4:42 PM

On 11/30/2018 12:26 PM, Jayne wrote:


i had a dream about the amazing salad they used to serve at the English tea room 
in Boston, which was on Newbury street back in the 70s---80' was served 
family style in a big bowl, and had a very sweet dressing, but it was so good. 
i would love to be able to duplicate it exactly. if anyone can help, i would be 
most appreciative!

thank you!

Hello Jayne,

I found a lot of recipes for that dressing, but I could not find one that is directly traceable to Boston's English Tea Room.  By that I mean a recipe that comes from the Tea Room itself or an actual employee of the Tea Room who vouches for the recipe's authenticity.

The recipes that I did find are all similar, but have their differences in ingredients. Some have honey, some have sugar, and one even has powdered sugar. They may have different kinds of vinegar, etc. That's not to say that they don't taste like the Tea Room's dressing.

The one that I would give a first try to is the first one below, which was printed in the "Boston Globe."

There are recipes on these sites as well:

Genius Kitchen

The Recipe Reader


English Tea Room's Sweet And Sour Salad Dressing (Boston Globe)

2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. onion grated
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup salad oil

Mix together sugar dry mustard, paprika, celery seed, and salt. Add onion.
Blend honey. Combine lemon juice and vinegar, blending well, then add to
mixture. Add oil in a slow stream beating constantly with beater. Serve
with greens, adding red cabbage if desired for color and texture.
Makes about 2 cups dressings.
Sweet And Sour Salad Dressing     
From the English Tea Room in Boston.

In food processor, mix:
1/3 c. vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/3 c. sliced onion
1 c. oil (add last)
Blend well.
Celery Seed Dressing (from the English Tea Room)

1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/3 c. coarsely chopped onion
1/3 c. vinegar
1 c.   oil

Process all ( except oil) in a food processor or blender, then gradually
add oil, mixing well. Add 1-2 tsp water if too thick.
English Tea Room Dressing

3/4 c. vinegar
3/4 c. oil ( Wesson)
2 Tbsp. tomato sauce
1 c.   confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. grated raw onion
1/2 tsp salt

Blend together.
Boston's English Tearoom Salad Dressing

3/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon ketchup
2 cloves garlic
1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon each salt, celery salt, onion salt

Blend everything in a blender until thick. This is a sweet dressing similar
to a Russian or a Catalina dressing, so use only a tablespoon on lettuce or
cole slaw.

Sugar can be reduced if you start with a smaller amount and add more as you
like. If too vinegary, add water. You should taste it and adjust to your own

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