Classic French Dressing

This is a dressing that is very simply made and that can probably be used with a greater variety of salads than any other dressing.


• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon mustard
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 3 tablespoon vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 cup oil

  • Measure the dry ingredients and place them in a bowl.
  • Measure the vinegar and oil and add them to the dry ingredients. If possible, place a piece of ice the size of a walnut in the bowl.
  • Beat with a fork until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the oil and vinegar form an emulsion that will remain for a short time.  
TIP: If you are preparing dressing in advance, place it in the fridge instantly, because the ingredients will separate if the dressing is allowed to stand, but the colder they are, the more easily will the emulsion form and the longer will it remain. If ice cannot be used, have the ingredients as cold as possible before mixing them.

NOTE: Sometimes a more highly seasoned French dressing is desired. In such an event, beat into the dressing the following ingredients: 
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion or 1 tablespoon onion juice
• 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
• 1 large green pepper, chopped
• 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

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Did You Know?
French dressing may be used with any vegetable salad, with salads containing almost any combination of fruit, and with meat, fish, and egg salads.

Keep in mind, of course, that fruit-salad dressing blends very well with fruit salad and is considered by most to be more delicious than French dressing, but if one is pressed for time and does not have the necessary ingredients for making any other kind, this one may nearly always be utilized. In addition to these uses, French dressing, as has been previously explained, may also be used to marinate salads before mayonnaise or other dressing is mixed with them. A point that should always be remembered in the making of this dressing or any other dressing containing oil or vinegar is that the flavor of the oil and vinegar has much to do with the desirability of the finished dressing. FREE Recipes