Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Easy Homemade French Dressing

Maybe it's the heat but I've been making "easy" and "quick" things lately!

Indulge me while I tell you a little story...

We love to visit Sarasota for one reason...the Mennonite restaurants!  My fave is Der Dutchman (the name has changed, but I can't remember it.  Besides, It will always be called that in my family).  We never order off the menu because they have a fabulous buffet.  That was always my dad's and my choice.  My sister's choice was Sugar n Spice, and it's totally for their French Dressing!  
On one trip, when she won, we went to Sugar N Spice and we both ordered salads.  She ordered her usual - French Dressing.  I ordered 1,000 Island.   Here's how the conversation went:
Her:  Get the French
Me:  But I don't like French.
Her:  Get the French.
Me:  I told you, I don't like it.
Her:  You'll wish you had.

So, I asked the waitress for my dressing on the side, and could I just taste the French.   I tasted and then told her I'd like to return the 1,000 and please bring me the French!   LOL

From then on, whenever we'd go to "Der Dutchman",  we'd have to stop by Sugar N Spice just to buy their homemade French dressing before returning home!  (They sell it in pint size canning jars.)

I've been trying to duplicate that dressing ever since.  Their's is much thicker than this one, but this one comes close.  (the smaller bottle of dressing in the pic at the top of this post, is the one I took to my sister to try and see if it passed her approval.   She approved!)

I'd like to share with you and if you make it, let me know what you think.  It's really easy and uses things you might already have on hand.    And while I'm at it... do you have a fave homemade salad dressing you do?  Please share!   Summer is here (in Florida it is!) and I'm looking forward to trying out some good salads!

Ok, here's the recipe....

Easy Homemade French Dressing
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1 cup sugar (I used Splenda!)
3/4 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1-2 tsp garlic powder,  or one clove garlic

Place the ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth and creamy.

Yep!  I'm using my fave blender - the Ninja!!! 
Remember my previous post on Crustless Quiche Muffins? 

Serve with salad. Store in refrigerator.
Yield: 3 1/4 cups dressing.


  1. Looks great! I will need to try it
    Thanks for the recipe

  2. You are sooo awesome! I love French.

  3. i have been making simple dishes too. lots of salads. ill need to try making this one some day soon. thx!

  4. Hi Jeanette! Hopped on over from BF!

    *Be Blissful Always*

  5. This is very tempting. I have a balsamic vinegarette that is so easy that I love. (I didn't blog that, but I'll link the salad it goes with.) :)

  6. Oops, I did include the salad dressing recipe! Yea!

  7. This sounds so good! Me and my 17yo daughter were just talking about starting to make homemade salad dressings, instead of using bottled. They taste so much fresher!

    Thanks for the recipe :)

  8. Sounds good. We're located in Tampa, so will be headed to Der Dutchman to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  9. ohh, this sounds good and easy. I've never made salad dressing before, but I am tempted to try this, thanks for sharing!


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