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Homemade French Dressing

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Homemade French Dressing is quite versatile and is just as delicious on a salad as it is on a sandwich! It is sweet and tangy, on the thick side and super easy to make. Sounds pretty perfect, right? I originally made it to go with my Chef’s Salad, but ended up trying it out on several different recipes this past week!

Homemade French Dressing in a clear glass pitcher with a blue napkin and white plate with salad in the background

What is French Dressing?

French Dressing was originally created in the 1950’s and referred to any oil-and-vinegar-based salad dressing. Homemade French Dressing is now made by blending olive oil, vinegar, tomato paste or ketchup, brown sugar, paprika and salt together to create a creamy dressing.

Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet with a glass pitcher of Homemade French Dressing and a small bowl of pickles in the background

How to make Homemade French Dressing:

Place the olive oil, sugar, tomato paste, lemon juice, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, paprika, salt and pepper in a blender.

Place all of the ingredients for homemade french dressing into a blender

Blend until thoroughly combined.

A blender sitting on a white counter blending the ingredients to make homemade french dressing

Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until ready to use.

A plate of Chef's Salad sitting on a blue and white striped napkin with a bottle of dressing in the background

How do you sweeten Homemade French Dressing?

Regular diets use light brown or granulated sugar.

Keto diets use Swerve Brown Sweetener, or sweetener of your choice. {affiliate link}

Paleo diets use honey. I would start with 2 – 3 Tablespoons and adjust as needed.

You can always start with less and add more sweetner as needed.

What if I don’t have a blender?

Place all of the ingredients into a glass mason jar, cover with the lid and shake until well blended.

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Enjoy!!

Homemade French Dressing in a clear glass pitcher with a blue napkin and white plate with salad in the background

Homemade French Dressing

This Homemade French Dressing is the perfect sweet and tangy dressing to top your salads and sandwiches!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade French Dressing, Salad Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 Servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup sugar or sweetner of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the olive oil, sugar, tomato paste, lemon juice, vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, paprika, salt and pepper in a blender.
  • Blend until thoroughly combined.

  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight until ready to use.

Notes

HOW TO SWEETEN HOMEMADE FRENCH DRESSING
  • Regular diets use light brown or granulated sugar. 
  • Keto diets use Swerve Sweetener. 
  • Paleo diets use honey. I would start with 2 – 3 Tablespoons and adjust as needed.
  • You can always start with less and add more!

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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