Sweet Sour Salad Dressing

House Restaurant Salad Dressing

Favorite Restaurant Salad Dressing

Many (many) years ago I was determined to develop the perfect Sweet Sour Salad Dressing to use as a House Dressing when I opened the restaurant. I wanted the guests to have the best salad dressing recipe ever. They have told me I succeeded!

It would not be much of an over-statement to say that this House restaurant salad dressing is partly responsible for the success of the restaurant.

 From the first day the restaurant opened and served the salad dressing with a variety of restaurant salads, (and vegetable plates) it became one of the talked about signature restaurant recipes ...a favorite restaurant recipe.

Not only is this a favorite restaurant salad dressing, the customers like using it as a dip for vegetable platters. Some guests use it as a dip for their chicken strips and some other food items!

Sweet Sour
Salad Dressing Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Salad Dressing

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Makes 4-5 cups.



  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard such as French’s
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 cups canola oil



  • Place all ingredients except the canola oil in a blender (do NOT use a food processor for this recipe …it doesn’t work)
  • Blend briefly to combine ingredients
  • While blender is running, remove the knob in the lid of the blender and very, very slowly add the oil in a steady, thin stream through the hole
  • When all the oil has been added, process one more minute or until thick


TA-DA! You now have an award winning House salad dressing recipe ...a salad dressing that you and your guests will be elated with. It is a favorite restaurant recipe. You can cook with confidence and style!

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Enjoy your House restaurant salad dressing and the company of those you share it with!


"The perfect dressing is essential to the perfect salad, and I see no reason whatsoever for using a bottled dressing, which may have been sitting on the grocery shelf for weeks, even months - even years."

-Julia Child