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Several years ago when I lived in Las Vegas, I had to make a few trips north for work, to a small mining town called Elko, Nevada. You have to fly into Salt Lake City and then drive several hours, or take a small plane from SLC. I was working as the buyer for the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association at the time, and one of our locations was the California Trail Interpretive Center. It was a nice little museum, and I had to go up a few times a year with the executive director and the director of retail.
The highlight of these trips was dinner at the Star Hotel. Built in 1910 as a hotel and restaurant, it now serves as a Basque bar and restaurant. The people are nice, the food is good and plentiful, and everything is served family style except the entrees.
Each diner orders their entree, then the food starts coming to the table. First, they bring out cabbage soup, bread, and salad with garlic dressing. Then with the entrees, they bring out beans, spaghetti, french fries, and a vegetable (the three times I ate there, it was green beans, but it may vary). Seriously–tons of food. If you leave the Star hungry, it’s your own fault.
To be honest though, my favorite was always the salad. It was just iceberg lettuce in a creamy garlic dressing. Believe me–I know. It looks like nothing special, but oh boy. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
I made this for Stephan last week and he couldn’t believe how good it was.
Serve with bread and soup or pasta. Could you add vegetables and other salad fixings? Absolutely! But do yourself a favor and try it this way first.
If you’d like to check out the Star for yourself, their website is elkostarhotel.com
If you’re in the area, definitely check them out–you won’t regret it!
It will look like there’s not enough dressing to coat an entire head of lettuce, but it will.
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 medium head of iceberg lettuce
Whisk the first six ingredients together and let sit in the fridge overnight to let the flavors meld.
Cut the lettuce into small squares and toss with the dressing.
That’s it–Boom. Dead Simple.
- Prep Time:10 Minutes
- Cook Time:0 Minutes
Keywords: Basque Garlic Salad Dressing
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