Recipe ReDux- Dressing For Success

September 21, 2011

Growing up, my parents and I would make a yearly trip to San Diego.  One of my favorite memories included my parents taking my sister and I to dinner at the Chart House, a fancy shmancy seafood restaurant.

I wasn’t the biggest seafood fan then (and I’m not really now) so I would love to order the steamed artichoke as part of my meal (dietitian in the making perhaps Winking smile).  It was my go to when we’d eat there.  I don’t know if it was the delicious taste or the fun way to eat it, but I couldn’t get enough.


Traditionally artichokes are served with a mayonnaise dip.  I honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of the dip, so when my mom recreated them at home she made her own dip just. for. me.  Spoiled, I know. Smile


Looking back, I realized we haven’t eaten at the Chart House in years.   My mom thankfully has gotten to be a pro at making artichokes accompanied by a much healthier dip so we can have this delicious dish right at home.


I can’t really take credit for this month’s Recipe ReDux- dressing for success.  It goes to my wonderful mother.  Sometimes I think she should have a weekly post since readers seem to enjoy her food so much.

This Italian vinaigrette adds the perfect amount of flavor to an artichoke. The two just go together so well.  Trust me on this one.  This is the perfect dip.


The dry ingredients…


The wet ingredients…


Italian Vinaigrette Artichoke Dressing (serves 4)


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


Whisk together ingredients in bowl.  Chill for hour and serve.





Then you’re ready to eat!  (Here’s a great how to for cooking and eating an artichoke.)







and enjoy!


Check out the other fab Recipe ReDuxers:

Carlene’s Roasted Eggplant Pepper Shmear

Deanna’s Sicilian Relish

Cherie’s Fry Sauce

Dr. Barb’s Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Elizabeth’s Spicy Tahini Dressing

Kara’s Edamame Hummus

Kat’s Citrus Sesame Avocado Dressing

Emma’s Kitchen Garden Salsa Verde

Emma’s Go Go Goji Blood Building Salad Dressing

Lisa’s Sweet Peanut Sauce and Dressing

Regan’s Ponzu Sauce

Danielle’s New Favorite Vinaigrette

Stephanie’s Creamy Garlic Feta Dressing

Nicole’s Maple Salad Dressing

Ann’s Thai Basil Peanut Pesto

Kristina’s Spiced Pumpkin Dip

Meg’s Sweet Potato Hummus

Gretchen’s Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Everyday Tastiness’ Pistachio Butter

Alysa’s Roasted Garlic Hummus

EA’s Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip

Liz and Janice’s Garden Fresh Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Jessica’s Butternut Squash and Cream Cheese Spread

To read more about the previous recipes, check out my Recipe ReDux page!  Thanks for reading!

What is your favorite dressing/dip?

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Heather (Where's the Beach) September 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’ve only attempted making whole artichokes once. Kind of intimidating to me. I really like the idea of the vinaigrette as a dipping sauce, maybe even with lemon perhaps?


Swanky Dietitian September 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I love the sound of adding lemon. Yum!


Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This would still require me eating an artichoke, right? I’ll have to ponder this for one or 4359847634699 days first.


Beth @ 990 Square September 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm

We tried to steam an artichoke while we were in France and it was a MAJOR fail. I’ll have to try it again sometime!


Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I’m a fan of artichoke hearts, but I have yet to try a big steamed artichoke like that…actually, come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever even been anywhere it’s been offered. Time to fix that, because it looks fascinating to eat!


Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I’ve never cooked an artichoke before :o The artichoke + the dip looks amazing… going to have to try it!!


Special K September 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I love quark (half yogurt, half creme fraische) because I can make it any way I like….
I just like dipping! Everything is better than dip. Peanut dip is awesome (with sirachi sauce) raspberry balsamic dip


Andrea@WellnessNotes September 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Awesome dressing! Okay, so I’ll admit this. I’m still intimidated by artichokes. I have never made them at home… I really have to change that!!!


Natalie @ will jog for food September 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I’m way to scared to make artichokes! hehe. Yours look amazing!


Serena September 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I ALWAYS wonder what to serve with artichokes. NOW I know! Thanks for this simple recipe I know will be yummy!


Allison @ PickyEatingRD September 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Yes Yes Yes!! I needed this recipe! This is on my to-try list and I haven’t checked it off yet!


Caitlin @ Feed Between the Lines September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This looks fabulous – I love artichokes but haven’t found just the right sauce to serve them with. Now I do!


EA-The Spicy RD September 22, 2011 at 12:57 am

Thanks you Kristen’s mom! I have eaten my share of dinners at the Chart House. Back in High School, my girlfriends and I would go there at night and share their humungous mud pie. That was in the day when I was running cross country and could indulge in such things :-) Love this easy dip recipe. Artichokes are one of the veggies BOTH my kids like, so I will definitely try this the next time I make them!


Rach September 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

Looks yummy!


melindard September 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

This looks awesome and I know my husband would love this. He is an artichoke fan. Maybe I should check out this Chart House place. I am in SD now for FNCE next weekend. My fave dip is honey mustard, or any mustard variety.


erica September 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

I would have never of thought to do anything like this before. But it actually looks delish and I am thinking I will be making a shopping trip today!



mom September 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

wow! i am thrilled to see how many of you like this simple yet yummy dish. preparing artichokes takes a little time and patience but, so worth it. I’ve been making artichokes this way for years. i never said i was a good cook, i just enjoy cooking and entertaining too! enjoy!


Ellie@fitforthesoul September 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

oh wwowwww this is such a delicious and great idea!! something I wouldn’t have thought of…I love artichokes–in fact, I had an artichoke pizza yesterday from a place called PIEOLOGY :) Thanks for the recipe!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I’ve never cooked or eaten an entire artichoke before. I bet I’d like it though!


Regan @ The Professional Palate September 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I have nearly eaten my weight in artichokes since we’ve been in CA, but I could gobble this up right now!

Hate to miss you at FNCE!


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