If you ever happen to pass through Elko, Nevada, take a break and find a Basque restaurant. The Star is one of the more popular (although expensive) restaurants in town.
You won’t regret the experience. Cabbage soup and fresh baked bread, spaghetti and beans and garlic covered steak. And my personal favorite, a unique dressing for the salad. Salad used to be a boring side dish for me. After this salad dressing, it’s now one of my favorites. I’ve never found something similar in any other part of the country. Each restaurant in the area varies their dressing just a little but they all have the same vibe – similar to homemade ranch but with more garlic, more zip, and more amazing.
My older sister knew how to make it but she had a very complex method that no one else could duplicate. I always wanted to be able to make it, so, when I moved back to Elko county, I went in search of a recipe I could use. Luckily, we worked for the “best cook” in the Valley.
I learned a lot from her and have several fabulous recipes (like these amazing pancakes!) that I got from her, my favorite of which is “The Star” dressing. And it isn’t hard. No marinating garlic in oil or vinegar for weeks or whatever other crazy things people do to try to achieve this amazing flavor. It’s easy to adjust to taste. And it is delicious on salad or for dipping pizza or even Indian Tacos. Seriously, a life changing recipe here. Not to mention, it doesn’t use weird ingredients!
You. Are. Welcome.
Now go eat your salad and be happy. I think I might too.