“Liquid Gold” Salad Dressing Recipe

by Lara on June 21, 2013

Once upon a time, I used to have a food and body blog.  That blog is no more, but a few recipes remain.  I’ve had a couple requests for this one and thought I would re-post.

This recipe was given to me by my Registered Dietitian friend/ex-colleague.  She made it up one day and brought it into the office, and we all thought it was pretty genius.  We nicknamed it “liquid gold,” because we found ourselves arguing over the last few drops for our salads.

"Liquid Gold" Salad Dressing

There are two key ingredients to this recipe that can be tricky to find if you aren’t near a Trader Joe’s and a fancy grocery store or farmer’s market, which make the name even more apt.

The first and primary key ingredient is Trader Joes’ Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar.  If you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s, you may be able to re-create this crack by mixing together champagne vinegar, orange juice, and grape juice.  It’s worth a try.

The other is fig jam, which I find at Whole Foods.  In place of this I have used apricot and it works well also.

"Liquid Gold" Salad DressingThe rest is easy:

Liquid Gold Salad Dressing

enough for 4-6 giant salads

  • 5T orange champagne vinegar
  • 2T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1T fig jam
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1 tsp jarred)
  • 1/4 tsp.-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Combine until jam is thoroughly mixed.  Enjoy!



{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I haven’t made this dressing in a long time. I’ll have to make it soon!!!


Lara June 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I have an avocado dressing from your blog bookmarked that I keep meaning to make! I really want to move away from the bottled stuff.


Heather Eats Salad June 23, 2013 at 6:05 am

Totally making this for dinner tonight. We’re bringing pizza over to some friends who just moved into a new house, and I’m thinking I should bring a salad as well. Sounds like the perfect summer salad dressing!


Lara June 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Love that you actually made this 🙂 Glad it was well received, too. You are such a good friend to bring dinner to your friends!


Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie June 25, 2013 at 5:34 am

Can’t wait to give this a try! I’ve found that a great salad dressing makes all the difference in the world – It makes me *crave* salads nonstop and when isn’t that a good thing? 🙂


Lara June 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

It really does! This dressing makes me really look forward to eating salads!


Jenn S. June 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Trader Joe’s sells a fig butter although it’s more of a jam-like consistency (My husband used it in place of jelly on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich). Do you think that would work in place of the fig jam in your ingredients list?


Lara June 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I do! I know the product you are referring to and I think it would work 🙂 Let us know if it does?!


Karen November 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

This is exactly what I used the other night, and it was perfect!


Joel P. June 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I just made the dressing but since I do not have fig jam I used a raspberry mango jam from my local farmers’ market and it turned out wonderful.


Lara June 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thanks for letting us know! I’ll have to try it with different kinds of jams now 🙂


Amie June 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

Anyone try adding fresh herbs to this? fresh thyme perhaps? I’m excited to make it today!!


Lara June 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

I have not, but how could that be bad?! Let us know 🙂


Amie July 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

I’ve made this dressing twice now and it’s AWESOME! I used the fig butter from TJ’s and found the dressing needs a touch if sweetness because from my understanding fig jam is sweeter than fig butter. That being said, I added 1/2 – 1 tsp local honey and a pinch of sea salt and it was perfect!! Thx for the recipe. Will be making again and again!


Lara November 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Sounds delicious! I’ll have to try the honey and sea salt!


Mary Ann July 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Oh shoot, I was at the grocery store today and thought “yes, I will finally get the jam for that dressing I want to make.” But I thought it was apricot 🙁


Lara July 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I have used apricot and it is still delicious! Give it a go!


Karen November 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

I used the TJ’s fig butter the other night with this and it was perfect. I caramelized the garlic in a bit of olive oil instead of having it raw, just to mellow that flavor a bit, a habit I’ve been using recently for a lot of salad dressings. The salad I made was
* mixed greens/spring mix,
* caramelized walnuts in about 1 T. butter (I used the same pan without cleaning it that I used for the garlic/olive oil), and
* shredded TJ’s Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah.

That was it, just a few simple ingredients for the salad with this lovely dressing. We had a nice Sauvignon Blanc to go with the salad and ooh-aah, Hubby thought the wife was going above and beyond! Haha


Lara November 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Wow, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this. I will try your garlic tip.


Teresa January 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I have used this dressing on a holiday salad of shaved brussel sprouts, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, shaved parmesano reggiano cheese and bacon. It was a huge hit!


Lara February 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

That sounds delicious!


nancy June 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

In your opinion, do you think raspberry jam would work in place of the fig or apricot jam or would the flavors not blend well together?


Lara June 19, 2014 at 8:50 am

I think any fruit preserve would work well. It’s the sweetness that we are going for. The orange vinegar is the key ingredient.


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