Easy French Dressing is just that, EASY! I mean really easy. You just add ingredients to a blender and emulsify a little and that’s it. This dressing has the rich flavors of many spices to give it it’s wonderful taste and it starts off even easier–with a can of condensed tomato soup!
If you want to make this healthier find a carton of tomato soup without preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, etc. You can also substitute avocado oil for the canola oil and honey for the sugar in the recipe which makes it a lot healthier than the original version. I’ve provided both in the recipe card.
Years ago my mom used to make this dressing frequently when she would make salad. She got the recipe from my cousin, Linda Huck, when she and her family were visiting my parents back in the 1980s. About once every year or two they come down from Ohio to tour the NASA Space Center or Walt Disney World and would stay with my folks for a few days.
Linda was the daughter of my mom’s youngest sister who was 15 years younger. But because my mom had me later in life and Linda was the first born she was only a few years older than me. Linda was a fabulous cook and she and my mom would putter around in the kitchen together during those infrequent visits.
One of those times Linda made up a batch of this easy and delicious dressing for a salad my mom was serving. Mom asked for the recipe, and when she tried out the recipe on us, I got the recipe from her! Mom used to make up a batch of Easy French Dressing and store it in recycled ketchup bottles so all you had to do was squirt the dressing out onto salad (much like salad dressing bottles do today–though this wasn’t available back in the 1980s for the most part).
If you’re looking for an Easy French Dressing recipe that’s really got superb taste, consider trying this easy one the next time you make salad. I served this with a Mexican Taco Salad that calls for Catalina or French dressing. It turned out spectacularly!
When I initially posted this recipe in April 2013 it was right before I felt brave enough to use my new Canon camera. I was still taking pictures with an iPhone so they were not as crisp and clear as I would have liked, plus the lighting wasn’t the greatest.
I’ve been remaking all those first-year blog recipes to get better pictures and I recently remade this recipe (June 2016) when we had friends over for dinner this past week. They are moving to Florida next week so I sent them off with a delicious Tex-Mex meal to remember us by: Santa Fe Enchiladas, Mexican Taco Salad with Easy French Dressing and Chunky Homemade Guacamole. Easy French Dressing is a great salad dressing for any type of tossed salad, but it’s particularly good on Taco Salads because it has the sweetness along with the kick of spicy to season up any salad.
This dressing is very versatile. Mom used to serve it over a very simple salad with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Sometimes she would add green pepper.
Easy French Dressing is beyond E-A-S-Y! Just dump all the ingredients in a blender and emulsify. That’s it. This dressing is great stored in reusable, recycled ketchup bottles. Just squirt on as much as you need!
Here’s what I did.
I made two batches of this recipe. One batch was with these healthy ingredients and the other one like the original recipe with canned soup, canola oil and sugar. I only took pictures of the healthier version.
Place all the ingredients in a blender.
Blend at high speed for about 8-10 seconds.
Easy French Dressing is SOOO quick and easy to make. Seriously, you can make this recipe in about 5 minutes!
Pour Easy French Dressing over your favorite Salad. Here, I’ve served it with Mexican Taco Salad because most of my taco salad recipes use either French or Catalina dressing in the ingredients.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy replacement for French or Catalina salad dressing this one is terrific.
Here’s the recipe.
EASY FRENCH DRESSING
(Recipe adapted from my mom, Helen Mattis, as given to her by my cousin, Linda (Eubanks) Huck, Marietta, OH)
- 1 can Campbell’s condensed tomato soup or 17.3-oz. box tomato basil soup
- 1 ¼ cups canola oil or avocado oil
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ¾ cup sugar or honey
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. dehydrated onion flakes
- Put in blender and blend until well mixed.
- Makes about 3 cups if using condensed soup and 4 cups if using non-condensed soup.
Easy French Dressing is economical too – this recipe is a lot cheaper than buying it commercially.
Here Easy French Dressing is poured over top of my Mexican Taco Salad. It is so wonderful!
This easy dressing can be made it a jiffy. Make a healthier version with honey, avocado oil and tomato soup without preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.