Since this week is the Kentucky Derby, I want to prepare something seasonal for our neighborhood celebration. The Derby lasts for only minutes,

but the pool party goes on for hours. My contribution is a salad. I found this spirited  bourbon dressing in the April issue of Southern Living Magazine. I will serve this vinaigrette over tender Kentucky Bibb lettuce leaves.This simple salad pairs well with traditional bourbon mint juleps. I hope someone brings a bourbon honey baked ham or minted lamb.

Kentucky Bourbon Vinaigrette


1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. light brown sugar

3 tbsp Kentucky bourbon

2 tsp Dijon mustard

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

2/3 cup canola oil


Whisk together ingredients in a medium bowl.

Add canola oil in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth.