Classic or vegan, you can enjoy this sauce without artificial additives

There is nothing better than always having a bottle of French dressing in the fridge to enjoy with any kind of salad. But remember that if you make your own French dressing, you’ll eat it even better. Store-bought versions always contain preservatives, sometimes thickeners, and in some cases a lot of sugar. So here are some recipes on how to make your own French dressing.

Do-it-yourself white French dressing – how and what do you need?

Do-it-yourself white French dressing - how and what you need

Make your own French dressing with garlic, onion, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper for seasoning; apple cider vinegar for cake flavor; yellow to make it thick and white; 2 types of oil for a creamy consistency. It goes well with all kinds of greens, rice and pasta salads, and as a bread dip.

French dressing ingredients:

  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 100 ml of vegetable broth
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 spoon of mustard
  • 50 ml of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 100 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 200 ml of sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
  • 0.5 teaspoon of salt
  • pepper

Make your own French dressing – Variations:

  • Use white or red vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
  • Replace olive oil with avocado oil.
  • Replace sunflower oil with canola oil or canola oil.
  • Add fresh or dried herbs.
  • Add the poppy seeds.
  • Use spices like paprika, curry powder or chipotle.

French dressing recipe – preparation:

  1. Peel and chop the garlic and onion. Boil them with the vegetable stock in a small pot for 10 minutes. The vegetables should be soft and the liquid reduced by about half. Put them in a bowl and let them cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In an electric mixer/food processor, puree the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the vinegar and oil and stir until the color changes from light yellow to white. Adjust it with salt and pepper.
  4. Store the white French dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Which salad dressing goes with which salad? Find out here!

What you need for the vegan alternative

What you need for a vegan alternative to French salads

This creamy vegan salad dressing recipe is a plant-based adaptation of the popular white French dressing recipe. The original recipe is made with egg yolks, which makes the salad dressing white and creamy. But it’s easy to substitute soy milk yolk and get the same creaminess and thickness you want in a salad dressing. It’s amazing how swapping out a single ingredient can transform a popular classic recipe into a dairy-free alternative! But you must use soy milk! This effect cannot be achieved with any other plant-based milk alternative!

Vegan French Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 120 ml vegetable juice
  • 60 ml of unsweetened soy milk
  • 100 ml of sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
  • 60 ml apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 30 ml of olive oil
  • 1 spoon of mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 0.5 teaspoon of salt
  • pepper

the preparation:

  • In a small saucepan, simmer the minced garlic, onion and vegetable stock for 10 minutes. Place in a bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Put all the ingredients in your food processor (or hand blender) and blend until you have a smooth and creamy sauce.
  • Adjust the dressing with more salt and pepper to taste.

Important notes:

  • Add a little water if you prefer the dressing a little thinner, but note that this vegan salad dressing will thicken a bit in the fridge.
  • You can store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • This dressing goes well with all kinds of salads.
  • The use of soy milk is essential for this recipe and cannot be substituted with any other plant-based milk.

Make your own classic French dressing – quick recipe

Make your own classic French dressing - quick vinaigrette recipe

counsel: As you toss, the salad will pick up enough dressing to cover (if the salad is more covered, keep tossing) and the excess dressing will naturally remain at the bottom of the bowl. This is a much better method than slathering heavy, runny sauce on delicate greens.

Classic French dressing – Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion, as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • A pinch of kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation steps:

  1. Take the ingredients.
  2. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, shallots (if using) and mustard in the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the mixture in the bowl.
  4. Add the salad you’re making and toss to combine.

For advance preparation or for smaller salads: Collect the ingredients. Either mix the ingredients together in a small bowl or measuring cup, or add the ingredients to a jar, cover and shake. Covered and chilled, they will keep for up to a week.

What happens when olive oil cools?? Note and be aware that olive oil will dry out in the cold and look pretty ugly. Be sure that nothing bad has happened to the garment. It will look normal and taste delicious once it has returned to room temperature and the oil has liquefied again. If you want, you can speed up this process by helping it with frequent shaking or beating.

You can find more easy vinaigrette ideas to spice up any salad here!

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