Homemade French Dressing & Low Cal French Dressing



French Dressing Recipe

Lately I have had a craving for French Dressing.  However I found the store bought varieties to be too sweet for my taste, so I decided to try making my own.

I started with a base recipe that I got from my Betty Crocker Cookbook.  I love this cook book, it has everything you need from beginner to advanced cooking.  My Mom bought it for me when I graduated from college and it has been invaluable to me for decades.

 

 

After fooling around with it for a few days, I came up with a recipe that I really love.  It is more zippy and less sweet than traditional, but I think it has tons more flavor.  I have included the original recipe, along with my own version, and to make your recipe collection complete, I also included a low calorie version that you will not believe has 1/3 to 1/2 less calories than regular dressing.  I hope you enjoy them!

Classic French Dressing

From the Betty Crocker 40th Anniversary Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (optional)

 

Jade’s Zippy French Dressing

 

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 

If you don’t have cocktail sauce, you can toss in a dash of horseradish and 1/3 cup more ketchup.

I have found that either of these recipes are not sweet, like the store bought variety.  If you want your dressing to be more sweet, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white sugar and that should give you the sweetness you desire.

If you would prefer a more low calorie alternative to the classic or zippy recipes, I do have a recipe that I made that cuts out the oil and therefore is a lot less fattening.

 

Low Cal French Dressing

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed tomato soup (reduced fat and sodium)
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

 

If you want to make your low cal dressing “zippy” then also add:

  • 1/3 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed cayenne pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

 

So now you have all the French Dressing recipes that you will ever need.  I hope you enjoy them!

*Image by Author

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This is my favorite cookbook ever.  If you know someone that is just starting out, it is the perfect gift because it has just about every recipe you will ever need in it.  It is also in a ring binder, so you can add pages to it!

 

Betty Crocker Cookbook

Betty Crocker Cookbook

 

 



One Comment

  1. Andria Perry February 23, 2016 2:41 pm Reply

    I have an old cookbook from the fifties and sixties, I mot certain cannot eat like that now 🙂

    Thanks for the new recipes, I will try this when I am craving French dressing, and I have most everything in my kitchen.

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