French Salad Dressing Recipe

Restaurant Salad Dressing Recipe

This house made French Salad Dressing Recipe is delicious and quick and easy.

This French dressing is not a "classic" French dressing but rather one that has been used by Americans for many, many years.


Why Americans (and many Brits) call it French dressing is unclear. But it is the salad dressing that for many years has been a favorite of many people.

In fact there was a time in American homes and many American restaurants - the first 50 years of the 1900's - that a salad was just Iceberg lettuce topped with this French dressing. Your only other choice was Iceberg lettuce with oil and vinegar or, if you were "lucky," a creamy, tangy Bleu cheese dressing. Now we have hundreds of different kinds of salads and dressings from which to choose.

But both Iceberg lettuce and American-style French dressing have seen a "comeback" since the tragedy of 9-11. Americans, yearning for simpler times and better memories, began returning to "comfort foods" and for some people, these two items meet that need.

This dressing is also great to use as a dip for a veggie tray or platter.

French Salad Dressing Recipe

Restaurant Salad Dressing

Preparation time: 20 minutes. 12-15 servings.



  • Two 10 ounce cans of tomato soup
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil



  • Combine all ingredients except the oil in a blender and blend to combine
  • Remove the center of the blender lid and very slowly add the oil through the opening while blender is running
  • Refrigerate in a covered container

Enjoy your American-style French Dressing and the company of those you share it with!  - Donna

"It takes four men to dress a salad: a wise man for the salt, a madman for the pepper, a miser for the vinegar, and a spendthrift for the oil."