French Dressing Recipe

We've been using this French dressing recipe for years, and we're still surprised when dinner guests rave about it and ask about the ingredients. It's amazing to us that something so simple can taste so good, but perhaps the secret lies in a combination of the right ingredients and the right proportions.

Here are instructions for making your own French dressing:

French Dressing (Single Serving)

3 tbsp salad oil (olive or safflower)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp tsp sea salt
¼ tsp tsp dry mustard (optional)
1 clove garlic, sliced (optional)

1. Mix dry ingredients with the vinegar in a cup.
2. Add the oil (and garlic) and stir.
3. Leave standing for at least 5 minutes, then remove garlic if you've included it.
4. Pour over salad and toss a few minutes before serving.

Another popular variation is to substitute lemon juice for the vinegar.

When you add the clove of garlic to the above recipe, your French dressing becomes Italian dressing.

Modifying The French Dressing Recipe

Usually you'll find it more practical to mix a larger quantity of dressing to keep on hand in your pantry or kitchen cupboard. Here's how:

french dressing essentials

You'll need a clean glass or plastic bottle with a capacity of at least 20 fluid ounces (600 mls).

1½ cups salad oil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dry mustard (optional)
1 clove garlic, sliced (optional)

1. Mix the dry ingredients with the vinegar in a cup, then pour into the bottle using a funnel.
2. Add the oil and shake the bottle to mix.
You'll need a few inches or centimetres of empty space at the top of the bottle to allow for easy mixing.
Shake the bottle well before each use.

If you wish to mix a larger quantity, you can double the ingredients listed above. To make a smaller quantity, halve it.

If you prefer a salad dressing with no oil, try the Scarsdale Diet salad dressing recipe.

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