Easy French Dressing

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Take your salads from good to great with this easy-to-make French Dressing.

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So here’s a fun fact: from 1950 to 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated French dressing with strict requirements regarding the type and amount of ingredients. The Canadian equivalent of the FDA still regulates French dressing, including a stipulation that the product must contain at least 35 percent vegetable oil. Who knew federal agencies cared so much about French dressing! But one thing I can tell you: with this recipe, you’re the head honcho. If you want to have 34 percent vegetable oil, have at it. Want to substitute mustard powder for Dijon? You won’t get a federal indictment. You are the master of the French dressing domain.

Trivia aside, this French dressing has a spot in my heart and in my fridge. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. It’s savory. And the best part: it’s easy to whip up! I feel super fancy when I can offer guests an array of my HOMEMADE dressings (emphasis added here and in my enunciation when I tell folks). Along with French Dressing, I often have some Cilantro Lime, Balsamic, and Italian dressings waiting for their self-actualization on a crisp green salad. Take that, federal regs.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This dressing enlivens any dish—salads, of course, but also veggies, sandwiches, and anything on the grill. I love fixing it in advance and being able to pull it out throughout the week to add some zest to the meals. And I like that I can dial up or down some of the flavors, depending upon the week and what I’m in the mood of.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
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How to Make – The Steps

Step 1: Pour the vinegar and sugar into a medium-sized bowl and use a whisk to blend it together until the sugar is dissolved.

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Step 2: Add all the other ingredients into the bowl with the vinegar and sugar mix.

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Step 3: While you whisk the ingredients together, slowly pour in the olive oil and keep whisking until it comes together.

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Tips & Tricks for a Perfect French Dressing

  • Spend extra time whisking the sugar with the vinegar until it’s fully dissolved to avoid a grainy texture in your dressing.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar, salt, and spices to your preference.
  • It’s best to let the dressing sit for a couple of hours before serving. This gives the flavors time to meld together and enhances the overall taste of the dressing.
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FAQs

I don’t have white wine vinegar. What can I use instead?

Cider vinegar or regular white vinegar will work. If you want to change up the taste a bit, you can also try sherry vinegar.

Can I use regular mustard?

You can use Dijon mustard or any mustard in your pantry. Just remember to adjust the amounts and taste as you go.

Can I get creative with the recipe?

Absolutely. Sometimes I throw in some minced garlic or sprinkle in some oregano or basil. Depending on what I have in the pantry, I might also swap out the sugar for honey.

Why do I need to add the olive oil slowly?

Slowly pouring in the olive oil—while constantly whisking—ensures the dressing emulsifies properly and doesn’t separate.

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Serving Suggestions

You can make any salad happy with this Easy French Dressing. You can also use a drizzle on some grilled chicken, as a dip for fresh vegetables, or as a marinade for barbecues.

Make Ahead and How to Store

Make this Easy French Dressing ahead of time so all the flavors have a chance to meld. It’ll store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Just give it a good stir or shake to mix the ingredients back together when you’re ready to serve. If it gets a little too thick, just add a splash of water or olive oil and you’re good to go.

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French Dressing

Take your salads from good to great with this easy-to-make French Dressing
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Pour the vinegar and sugar into a medium-sized bowl and use a whisk to blend it together until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add all the other ingredients into the bowl with the vinegar and sugar mix.
  • While you whisk the ingredients together, slowly pour in the olive oil and keep whisking until it comes together.
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