Creamy French Salad Dressing is my all time favorite dressing, yet when I moved to Australia, they didn’t sell it here! The Aussie version of French dressing is an oil and vinegar variety, and I couldn’t eat it and ending up throwing it away. It was just completely different from what I was expecting.
The salad dressing varieties in Australian grocery stores is about 1/10th of what is available in North America. Even some of what I would consider are the American basics aren’t available here, even though Kraft Foods exist in Australia. But I digress…..So I have had to learn how to make some of my favorite salad dressings.
As a teenager, I hated salads, but French Dressing changed that for me. I would order a garden salad and french fries at the school cafeteria, then I would get 2 French Salad Dressings. One would be for the salad, and the other I would dip the french fries into it. I would also dip my fries into Blue Cheese Dressing, so tasty. So my love affair with French Dressing began.
How to Make French Salad Dressing From Scratch
Salad dressings are surprisingly easy to make, and don’t have any of the unpronounceable ingredients in store-bought salad dressings. Things like Propylene Glycol Alginate, or Calcium Disodium EDTA, or even one on the main ingredients which is High Fructose Corn Syrup. Google the High Fructose Corn syrup, you’ll be surprised what we eat for convenience, I know I was! So now my rant is over.
TIP: You don’t need to use a food processor or blender to make French Dressing. Sometimes I don’t want the hassle of cleaning a food processor, as it’s really only the onion that needs blending. I cut the onion into smaller pieces, small enough to fit into a garlic press, and push through. The garlic press allows the onion pieces to be broken up small enough, saving blending time! Just place all the ingredients in a bowl, and vigorously whisk together until combined. Easy Peasy!
This homemade French Salad Dressing recipe is quick, easy and delicious. My kids completely devoured their salads with a generous serve of this tasty dressing. Ok, they drowned their salad with this dressing and licked the plates! If you’ve never tried Homemade French Salad Dressing before or made it at home, try this recipe, I’m sure you’ll love it! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
*Photos updated August 2018
French Salad Dressing
Homemade French Salad Dressing made in 2 easy steps. Made with regular pantry ingredients, preservative free. So tasty and tangy, I could almost drink it - Creamy French Dressing Recipe.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup onion chopped
- 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup vegetable/olive oil
Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, onion, garlic, salt pepper and paprika in a small food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Gradually add the oil in a slow and steady stream, while still processing. Refrigerate for several hours before using.
TIP: You don't need to use a food processor or blender to make French Dressing. Sometimes I don't want the hassle of cleaning a food processor, as it's really only the onion that needs blending. I cut the onion into smaller pieces, small enough to fit into a garlic press, and push through. The garlic press allows the onion pieces to be broken up small enough, saving blending time! Just place all the ingredients in a bowl, and vigorously whisk together until combined.