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Zia's Cafe Milano House Vinaigrette

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875 Flat Shoals Road, Suite 200, Conyers

Q: A little over two years ago, we moved from the Atlanta area to the Northeast. I have been missing a wonderful house salad and salad dressing from Cafe Milano in Conyers. I can't find anything that compares up here!

A: Garlic and herbs enhance a colorful variety of vegetables in this take on the restaurant staple. "It's a light combination of different vegetables and cheeses and herbs and vinegar, and it's very unique, " said general manager Scott Butler, who operates the restaurant with his father, Ken Butler.
The dressing is a house-made red wine vinaigrette that is served atop a compilation of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced red beets, yellow onion, red cabbage, garbanzo beans, sliced mushrooms and grated mozzarella cheese. Home chefs "can use as much or as little of whatever they like, " Butler said.

Hands on time: 5 minutes  Total time: 5 minutes  Serves: 8


    1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons water
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 large clove garlic, pressed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
    1/4 teaspoon dried basil


In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water and oil. Add garlic, salt, black pepper, sugar, oregano, parsley and basil one at time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk again immediately before serving.


This light and tangy Italian-style dressing is better than anything you'll find in a bottle.


Per serving: 124 calories (percent of calories from fat, 96), trace protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, trace fiber, 14 grams fat (2 grams saturated), no cholesterol, 267 milligrams sodium.

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