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Homemade, Tangy French Dressing

Thanks to my father, I'm a big foodie who's been cooking since I was a young girl. Cooking is a passion that brings me joy and relaxation.

Tangy French Dressing

Tangy French Dressing

Ready for Your New Favorite Dressing?

If you're anything like me, homemade is always the best way to go when it comes to delicious recipes—and that includes dressings and dips. This tangy, homemade French dressing is better than any store-bought version. It's also cheaper and healthier, and most of the ingredients can be found right in your pantry. I researched over a dozen different recipes and used ingredients that worked for me.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

4 min

4 min

2 Cups French dressing

Ingredients for Homemade French Dressing

Ingredients for Homemade French Dressing

Ingredients for French Dressing

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 to 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions for French Dressing

  1. Place olive oil, ketchup, white sugar, chopped onion, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, celery seed, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, garlic salt or fresh garlic clove, salt and pepper in mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients until well blended. Transfer to jar or bottle and refrigerate until needed. Remember to shake well before serving. I use the plastic squeeze condiment bottles because I find them perfect for storing my homemade dressings and dips.
I store my homemade French dressing in plastic squeeze condiment bottles.

I store my homemade French dressing in plastic squeeze condiment bottles.

Homemade French Dressing

The Difference Between French and Catalina Dressing

"The manufactured version is sweet in taste and colored orange-to-red from the use of paprika and tomatoes. In manufactured versions, 'French dressing' is generally a pale orange and creamy, while 'Catalina French dressing' is generally bright red and less creamy in nature."

— Wikipedia

© 2018 Linda Rogers

Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 13, 2020:

I appreciate you checking out my dressing recipe. It's really easy to make and is so much better than store bought. Hope all is well with you and your staying healthy during this pandemic.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 13, 2020:

I like this dressing easy and sounds different. I rated 5 stars and look forward to more new recipe ideas.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 12, 2020:

Hi Audrey, I would think you sub stevia for sugar but I've never tried. Happy your happy as a clam with my recipe. Hee Hee, Love it.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on August 11, 2020:

French dressing is my favorite of all dressings. I'm as happy as a clam (why are clams happy?)...to find your wonderful recipe. Now, I can make my own!

Can I use stevia instead of sugar? Thanks, a lot for sharing.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on July 20, 2020:

Hi Nell, this home made dressing is so much better than store bought. Thanks for stopping by.

Nell Rose from England on July 20, 2020:

That sounds absolutely delicious! Bookmarked!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 08, 2020:

Hi Denise, this is very much a Catalina dressing. I tend to go for that type of French dressing because it has a kick and spice that I enjoy. Thanks for coming by.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 08, 2020:

Thanks for the marvelous recipe. I've saved it. My husband's favorite is Catalina and I wonder if I can't make that homemade too.

Blessings,

Denise

RTalloni on April 08, 2019:

I was recently thinking about making homemade dressing again. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It seem like it would be quite tasty!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 21, 2019:

Hi Nell-it's so much better than store bought. The only draw back is it's shorter shelf life.

Nell Rose from England on March 21, 2019:

Love it! I love any new recipes to be tried out in my kitchen, thanks!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 05, 2018:

Glad you like the recipe. You will love it!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 04, 2018:

The recipe sounds a great idea, tangy is good for salads and I enjoy the taste too.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 16, 2018:

Hi Ethel-it's so simple to make & so delicious! Thanks much for coming by.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 15, 2018:

Great idea. Like that list of ingredients as would suit my taste too

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 03, 2018:

Your so darn sweet Bill. I appreciate you coming by and saying hello. It doesn't matter to me if you like salad or not, I love having my friend make a visit. Hugs & Love my friend :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 03, 2018:

I'm just not a salad guy, but I am a Linda guy, so here I am and here I always will be. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2018:

My pleasure Peggy. Yes, the squeeze bottles make it super easy to store. Thanks for coming by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2018:

With very few exceptions we always make our own salad dressings. Thanks for your French dressing recipe. Those squeeze bottles are a good idea!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 17, 2018:

Hi Linda-so nice to see you here. Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it. I prefer the tangier version of french dressing and this recipe nails it. Thanks for coming by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 17, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada Sharan-I do hope you give this dressing a try. It's cheaper and much tastier than store bought. I thank you for visiting me.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 17, 2018:

Flourish Anyway-I hope you try this recipe. I love the tangy style of french dressing. It's delish. Thanks so much for coming by.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 17, 2018:

Good to see you Jackie. It is a delicious french dressing. You can decide on the amount of sugar depending on your taste. I used 1 cup but some may find that too sweet.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 15, 2018:

A dressing containing the ingredients that you've listed should be delicious. I'd love to try it on a salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 15, 2018:

This tangy French dressing sounds delicious! I hope, I can manage to get all the interesting ingredients you mention here. Homemade is always better in taste and fresh too.

Thanks for sharing!

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 14, 2018:

I like French and Catalina dressing and had no idea what the ingredients were. I now eat a lot of salads so this will help liven things up.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 14, 2018:

I will sure try this. No cooking or anything. Sounds delicious too!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 14, 2018:

Your welcome twinster. Happy Valentine's Day to my very best friend. Thanks for always being there for me throughout the years. Can't imagine my life without you. Love your older twin.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 14, 2018:

Hi Susan. Happy Valentine's Day my sweet friend. How is your health these days? I continually think of you and pray for your total healing. I will be 14 years cancer-free this coming St. Patrick's Day. (I can't believe how the time has flown). It is so great to hear from you. I'm not on Hubpages a whole lot these days but get on from time to time. Hope you and your hubby have a great Valentine's Day.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 14, 2018:

Hi Jill-your very welcome and yes, I love my dip/dressing plastic bottles. Thanks much for stopping by.

Jill Spencer from United States on February 14, 2018:

That squeeze bottle is a great idea! Thanks for the recipe.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 14, 2018:

Wow, I never realized how many ingredients went into French dressing before. I do love to make my own salad dressings and yours will be added to my list. Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentine's Day!

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on February 13, 2018:

This dressing is amazing and much cheaper to make than buy. It is so much tastier than store bought. Thanks Twinner