Homemade, Tangy French Dressing

Updated on December 18, 2019
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Thanks to my father, I'm a big foodie whose been cooking since I was a young girl. Cooking is a passion that brings me joy and relaxation.

Tangy French Dressing
Tangy French Dressing | Source

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 time: 4 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: 2 Cups French dressing
Ingredients for Homemade French Dressing
Ingredients for Homemade French Dressing | Source

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. | Source

Homemade French Dressing

5 stars from 2 ratings of French 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

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      9 months ago

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      10 months ago from Minnesota

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

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      15 months ago from Minnesota

      Glad you like the recipe. You will love it!

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      Devika Primić 

      15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      16 months ago from Minnesota

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

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      Ethel Smith 

      16 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      22 months ago from Minnesota

      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 :)

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      Bill Holland 

      22 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      23 months ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 

      23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      23 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      23 months ago from The Beautiful South

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

    • Minnetonka Twin profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Linda Rogers 

      23 months ago from Minnesota

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

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      Jill Spencer 

      23 months ago from United States

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

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      Susan Zutautas 

      23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      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!

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      Laura Arne 

      23 months ago from Minnetonka, MN

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


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