German Salad Dressing with Evaporated Milk Recipe - Oma's Salatsauce

Oma's Salatsauce
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    10 mins

Try this easy German Grandma's salad dressing (Oma's salatsauce) recipe. After World Wars I and  II, fresh dairy was hard to come by, so instead of half-and-half or heavy cream, Oma used evaporated milk. This history of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk will give you the backstory on canned milk. 

Since the ingredients are simple and the recipe is so easy to prepare, taking all of about 10 minutes, it might surprise you that this can be such a tasty way to dress a salad.

My Oma also passed down to me a recipe for Flädlesuppe or broth with pancakes. My friend's Oma gave me this recipe for Schokostückle Kuchen or pound cake with chocolate bits.

These recipes fall into the category of German comfort foods. Comfort foods are those that may not always be trendy but, you have to admit, they are the ones that evoke deep, heartfelt memories, and the foods you turn to on a cold winter's night when you're snuggled before a fire with fuzzy house slippers on your feet.

Oma's salatsauce recipe makes enough for 4-6 servings, about 1/2 cup.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or equivalent sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white-balsamic vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced onion (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Pour the 5-ounce can of evaporated milk into a small bow. Add 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute of your choice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Stir in white-balsamic vinegar or white-wine vinegar and 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced onions, if using. Chill. When ready to serve, toss the dressing with torn mixed lettuce greens.

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