house salad dressing at apple and pear restaurant house salad dressing at apple and pear restaurant Israeli Kitchen This dressing can also be used as a wholesome dip. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Apple and Pear's house salad dressing

The original recipe from Israeli restaurant owner and chef Gionatan Ottolenghi is yours for the trying.

  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Prep time: 10 minutes

One of my favorite food stops in Israel was to Gionatan Ottolenghi’s famous Apple and Pear (Agas Ve’Tapuah) restaurant in Safra Square. Ottolenghi told me that customers begged him for the recipe for this dressing, which he started bottling and selling. These days he has no time to bottle the dressing for clients, but he shared the fabulous recipe with us.

Dishes from Gionatan Ottolenghi's Apple and Pear restaurant Gionatan Ottolenghi's Apple and Pear restaurant is an authentic Italian gem in the heart of Jerusalem. (Photo: Sara Liba Tolwin)

This creamy herb dressing is great as a dip, too! Perfect party snack or vegetarian side dish with crudites and chips. (It’s not too early to start planning those Fourth of July parties!)


  • 1/2 pound parsley
  • 1/2 pound dill
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sunflower or canola oil


In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except for the oil. Process until blended. With the machine on, slowly drizzle in the oil until the dressing is emulsified.

If mixture is too thick, add a few drops of water and process until smooth.

Keep in refrigerator for up to one week.

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