Basic French Dressing

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Today I continue my crusade against commercially produced salad dressings, and championing the virtues of the home made salad dressings, by showing you how quick, easy, and delicious they are. Today, my war is against the French! Well not exactly. More accurately, my private little war is with the French inspired pre-made dressings, that I am sure, would make any self-respecting French chef cringe!

By the time you drive up to the store and purchase your favourite bottle of French dressing, I will have blended my home made French dressing recipe, chopped a salad eaten it, and have moved onto a yummy dessert. OK, well maybe I am overstating my claim just a tad, seeing as most everybody has an endless array of bottled dressings stacked in the door of their fridge within arm’s reach! I admit that it is convenient.

However, once again, I will chant the “fresh is best” motto like a broken record that just begs to be replayed. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a bottle of French dressing in their fridge. Give this home made version a go, and see if it doesn’t give you food for thought.

**Add in the vinegar, lemon juice, and salt at the end, and add to taste. This will ensure success with this recipe. So you can dress up, as opposed to having a dressing down when you don’t pass the acid test! 

Home Made French Dressing

Basic French Dressing

  • 1/2 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar to taste at the end
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove freshly minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Put everything in your blender (I like to use a Vitamix), except the vinegar, seasoning, and herbs, and pulse until well combined.
  2. Add the vinegar and seasoning to taste. Then stir in the herbs.

Makes about 3/4 cup, and will keep in a glass container in the fridge for a week.

Tip: the best way to clean your blender

After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage. 
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water. 
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.

Nothing like home made dressing, and this one is now a favorite! Thanks Tess


I agree! Glad you enjoyed it :)

This was so lovely and yummy. Very light. Two thumbs Up


I love it. Glad you enjoyed it :)

I have never had a bottle of French dressing in my frig.  So now you know one person!!


Ha! Love it. I do now! Thanks for sharing :)

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