Light Homemade French Style Salad Dressing

When I was a teenager I was friends with 2 sisters from a family of 8.  I had countless dinners at their table and always loved the salad that began the meal because of the awesome dressing.
My friends and I would make a new bottle of it almost before every meal and I admit to always having a hearty portion!  It was so good.  Flash forward several years and I had a house of my own with a craving for this dressing.  I emailed my friend for the recipe and she got it from her mom for me.  However, when I got it I was dismayed at how much oil went into it and started working on a modified version that would be just as thick and full of flavor with half fat.  (They were a family full of runners and it was never an issue for them!)  Now my family loves it too.  Even Miss B at age 3 will eat a full bowl of salad with a little dish of it to dip it in!
It is called a Spinach Dressing, but it's good on every kind leafy green I have put it on.  It tastes kind of like French or Western Dressing, but I like it much better.
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup vinegar (apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 TBSP minced onion (optional)
Sprinkle of garlic powder or 1 minced clove of garlic
1/2 cup of oil
1/2 cup of water (divided)
2 tsp. cornstarch
Combine sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, minced onion, garlic, ketchup & 1/4 cup of water in a pot & bring to a boil.  Mix together 1/4 cup of water and cornstarch.  Whisk it into the boiling mixture and cook for 30 seconds more.  Remove from heat and whisk in the oil.  Done!
I hope you like it as well as we do!  :o)

Here are link parties I love and have linked this on!


  1. Your dressing sounds yummy, I love homemade dressing. I just started a new link-up, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up and would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party. :)

  2. I've never made homemade french style dressing. This looks really delicious. Pinning to my easy dinners board. thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party!

  3. Thank you for linking up to Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up last week. :) I hope you stop by again this week. I am looking forward to following your blog and joining you for your link up this week as well!

    1. Thanks for joining us as well! I will be back today!

  4. I love French Dressing and your recipe sounds great! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday.
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning (love for you to link up Wednesday evening with the Four Seasons party)

  5. I love French dressing! I would love it if you could share this at Tasty Tuesday!

    1. I would be happy to! Thank you for the invite!

  6. Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. French is my favorite, so I'm excited to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome! I think it is a little sweeter than French and I like it even better. Let me know what you think!


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