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French Dressing Recipe: Different Variants

Updated on July 24, 2017
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The term "French dressing" initially was a synonym for "vinaigrette", but then started to mean different dressings in different countries. In the United States and Canada, French dressing recipe consists mainly of oil and vinegar, and is also very often sweet.

French dressing is one of the most popular dressings in the world which is used mostly for vegetable salads. It consists of simple products and can stay in the fridge for several weeks.

In this hub I'll share classic French dressing recipe and different variations of this recipe. Each of them is a great addition to certain dishes. Try them all and see what you like the best.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: 8 fl oz (250 ml) of dressing


  • 6 fl oz of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • salt
  • pepper

How to make French dressing

  1. Put all the ingredients in a container with a lid.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Close the lid and shake before use.

There are different variations of French dressing recipe, but you should remember, that the main thing about this dressing is that it should consist of one part of vinegar to three parts of olive oil and usually (though not always) a bit of Dijon mustard, and sometimes honey. Check out different variants of this dressing below.

Different Flavors

Give a different flavor to your dressing using just red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard, no honey. To make the flavor stand out, use extra virgin olive oil. To make the taste softer, replace half of the olive oil with sunflower oil.

Garlic dressing.
Add 4 squeezed garlic cloves to all the ingredients.

Balsamic dressing.
It is used best for vegetable salads. To make it, replace wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar, and regular mustard with grain mustard.

Tomato salad dressing.
A great addition to tomatoes and mozzarella. To make it, replace half of the oil with the oil from the canned tomatoes. Replace vinegar with lemon juice.

Lemon salad dressing with coriander.
A great addition to shrimp. To make it, replace vinegar with freshly squeezed lemon juice, add finely grated zest, 1/2 of a lemon and 2 tablespoons of cut fresh coriander.


Use French dressing to accompany vegetable salads or just as a dip. It can be a great addition to vegetarian salad recipes, can be an addition to tuna salad with feta and rice, shrimp salad with orange and grapefruit and many other healthy dishes.


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