Grandma's French Dressing

    1 hour 5 mins

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

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    Serves: 8 

    • 3/4 cup (190ml) vegetable oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 clove garlic, halved
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar

    Prep:5min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    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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    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.  -  26 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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!  -  03 Mar 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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!  -  01 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)