Houston's Honey-Lime Vinaigrette copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Houston's Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

Score: 3.67. Votes: 3
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This 38-unit casual dining chain may be small compared to many of the other chains whose food I've cloned, but Houston's has a huge following of loyal customers throughout the country. I know this because for many years the restaurant sat at the top of my "most requested clones" list. I was finally ready to take on the challenge, but since there are no Houston's where I live in Las Vegas, it required a road trip—this time to Orange County, California. A couple plane rides, a bit of driving, some walking and a stumble or two later, I had a cooler full of Houston's goodies secured safely back at the lab. After a few hours of measuring and mixing this simple sweet-and-sour salad slather from Houston's was cracked.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch salt
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      1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass or ceramic bowl. Stir well.

      2. Heat the dressing in the microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble. Remove dressing from microwave and whisk for 1 minute. This will emulsify the dressing and it should begin to thicken as it cools.

      3. Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.

      Makes 1 cup.

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Score: 3.67. Votes: 3
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Jul 5, 2021, 15:07

Forget Denise. This recipe is very close. Don’t leave out the bell pepper (I didn’t have any on hand) it makes a difference. I would cut the sesame oil down a tad (3/4 tsp) and add lime zest. This dressing is also delicious tossed with shredded cabbage to make a slaw for fish tacos.

Aug 2, 2005, 22:00

This recipe is awesome! It is very authentic to Houston's own.. Houstone is close to my home...We love it! I have also made it with key lime juice and key lime oil & made the lime flavor more intense..Make sure to give it time in the microwave to cook and emulsify together..if its done correctly it will not seperate..I was just asked to bring salad for a dinner and the request was this dressing...its great!!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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