“The Star” Salad Dressing – The Easy Way

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The Star of Elko, NV – Serves the best food (including a killer salad dressing)

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┬áhomemade 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

"The Star" Basque Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

"The Star" Basque Salad Dressing

Delicious on everything.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Best Foods or Hellmans recommended)
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar (either white or apple cider)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Thin to liking with milk or buttermilk.
  • Optional: sprinkle of garlic powder &/or onion powder


Mix all ingredients together in jar. Adjust flavors to taste.

Serve over greens or use as dipping sauce for pizza or chicken. Will keep in fridge for several weeks.

Traditionally served over chopped iceberg lettuce, minced onion, and a boiled egg diced small tossed together.


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2 thoughts on ““The Star” Salad Dressing – The Easy Way

  • October 17, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Do you know how they cooked their chickpeas ?
    I was recently there with my husband for the first time ever. We were hauling sheep out of the High Country back down to where we live in California. We stopped to have dinner at the store it was marvelous. One of my favorite things was the Chicopee that love to have that recipe if you have it or could find it it would be marvelous thank you so much for the dressing recipe I look forward to making it.

    • October 17, 2016 at 8:25 am

      I don’t have it but I can ask around and see if anyone else does. Glad you enjoyed your stop!


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