Anchovy-Garlic Dressing

April 23, 2019

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Anchovy-Garlic Dressing

Image courtesy of Paola & Murray for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Rebecca Bartoshesky

I confess that I’m lazy when it comes to making salad dressings, even a simple one. I have good intentions, and sometimes I carry through on them, but not as often as I like. To compensate for my laziness, I like a multi-purpose dressing that I can make in advance, store in the refrigerator, and pull out not just for a green salad but for vegetables, too, whether steamed, oven-roasted, or raw.

This recipe by chef Gabrielle Hamilton, which appeared about a month ago in The New York Times, gives me the versatility and convenience I like, not to mention nice texture and robust yet adaptable flavor. As Hamilton explains, “The high ratio of potent raw garlic to bright lemon juice to salty anchovy is very much on purpose — once you spoon the dressing over cold braised celery hearts or fennel heads or steamed cauliflower or leafy mustard greens, the ferocity is tamed. If it didn’t start so high and assertive, it would become docile rather than perfectly obedient.”

The Recipe

Yield: three cups

Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 lemons, juiced and strained (about 3/4 cup)
  • 20 oil-packed anchovy fillets (from one 3.5-ounce jar), drained and minced
  • 9 fresh, sticky, assertive garlic cloves, finely grated using a Microplane
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more if desired
  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place lemon juice, anchovies, garlic, kosher salt and red-pepper flakes in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir (don’t whisk) in the olive oil.
  3. Season to taste with salt and several good grinds on the pepper mill for a bright, bracing dressing.
  4. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

This locally inspired recipe is brought to you by Pam Walker. Pam is an avid home cook, writer, and local farm and food activist who is also a board member of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute. Thank you, Pam, for helping inspire us to use locally sourced ingredients!