Grandma's French Dressing Recipe -
Grandma's  French Dressing Recipe
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Grandma's French Dressing

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"My granny used to make this recipe all the time, she passed it on to my mom, and now it's my turn to make it!"

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. In a jar with a lid, add oil, Worcestershire, garlic, salt, paprika, mustard, pepper, thyme, tarragon and vinegar. Cover and shake well. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 26, 2004

Finally, a true French dressing. I use a quality red wine vinegar at times for a different flavor and olive oil(extra virgin)instead of vegetable oil. I wish I knew why Americans seem to insist to add sugar or ketchup to everything,even salad dressings. A nice addition would be some chopped chives and green onions. And in case anyone was wondering why dry mustard instead of prepared mustard: in addition to adding flavor it helps keep the oil and vinegar from separating.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 13, 2003

Yuck. The ingredients did not blend very well. It tasted like salty oil.


17 Ratings

Jul 23, 2003

I really enjoyed this dressing on my spinach salad at lunch today. I'm a big fan of vinegar & oil type dressings, (especially if they don't have alot of sugar) and this was great. I didn't have any tarragon, so I'm not sure if the effect was any different, but I did add a little cayenne for a kick, YUM! Thanks Stephanie, I will make this again!

Jul 15, 2003

This is a very interesting and excellent dressing. The tarragon is what sets it off. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A definite keeper!

Jan 27, 2004

This dressing does not taste like French. It's more like a spicy oil and vinegar or Italian. Tastes fine but is not what you expect from the title.

Jul 13, 2003

So very good! It is not made with ketchup and it still is good.

Oct 13, 2005

I used this recipe as part of the ingredients in Cranberry Sauce Chicken 1 (on this site)and it was wonderful. Tarragon is the herb that really gives it a special flavor. I didn't have any white wine vinegar so I used apple cider vinegar.

May 26, 2004

I just tried this on a spinach salad and it was great! I don't like dressings with sugar, or at least very little sugar, so my husband I both say this is a keeper. Now we won't have to eat all those preservatives in bottled dressings. Thank you Stephanie!


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  • Calories
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 295 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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