Since I was a little girl, French (or Catalina or Western) dressing has been my favorite salad dressing of all time.
Yes, I know it’s not tres chic, even with the Continental-type name (did you know that the term French dressing was originally a synonym for “vinaigrette” and it’s ubiquitous in many countries with their own different twists?), but it’s delicious. And it’s always been a staple at my house because it’s the one salad dressing we can all agree on.
Since salads and vegetables are staples on this whole food eating thing–and let’s be honest, they are TOTES BORING and need a little bit of saucin’ up to make them fun to eat–I started looking around for an organic/whole option for our favorite dressing.
But when I started reading the ingredient list of the dressings available at the store and…ugh, I hate to be that person, but OMG SRSLY WTF IS IN THERE. Even in the organic stuff! Xanthan gum, dextrose (which is just sugar DID YOU KNOW THAT I DID NOT KNOW THAT), all sorts of colorings…
I’m willing to make small sacrifices for, say, Caesar dressing, but when it comes to salad dressings that don’t require mayonnaise, I figured I could make something that was remotely passable. Here we go!
Homemade French Dressing
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Worcestershire sauce to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
- Lemon (or lime) juice to taste (about 1/2 tsp)
Step 1: Throw everything into your blender (OH HAI BLENDER WE MISSED YOU)
Step 2: Turn on your blender.
Vindication! This is THE BEST FRENCH DRESSING I HAVE EVER HAD. You guys, it’s so delicious. Especially because of the honey. The teeny bit of Worcestershire sauce and lime juice add a surprising amount of depth and acidity–just enough–to make this a rich, delicious accompaniment for salads or crudites. Since it’s so rich, you only need a little bit for a big punch of flavor.