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French Dressing - This easy salad dressing recipe tastes so much better than the store-bought kind!

At our house, we rarely buy store-bought salad dressings.  Homemade salad dressings are so simple to make from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen – plus they taste so much better!

This French Dressing recipe is a perfect example of a homemade dressing that is better-tasting than anything you can buy off the shelf!  I know – it doesn’t have that bright orange color you’re probably used to seeing in the bottled versions.  That’s because this French dressing uses all-natural ingredients – and you still get that same wonderfully zesty flavor without added artificial colors.

This French dressing is great on salads, sandwiches or even tossed with shredded cabbage and carrots for a quick and zesty coleslaw!

Adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook.

French Dressing - A Family Feast

French Dressing

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups


  • 2 eggs, coddled (see our How to Coddle Eggs here)
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup canola or vegetable oil


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients except the oil. Process for about 2 minutes, or until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  2. With the motor of the food processor running, slowly add the oil to the bowl in a steady stream. Once the oil is incorporated, turn off the food processor and taste – adjusting the seasonings to your taste if necessary.
  3. Transfer to a carafe and cover. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving.
  4. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

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  • Kathy wrote:

    I love homemade dressing. It always tastes so much better than store bought!

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you enjoy the recipe Kathy!

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