Popular classic: French salad dressing

Updated: 04.07.2022 – 12:53

For salads, vegetables and fish
Popular classic: French salad dressing


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A sauce can only taste as good as its ingredients. We use only the best products for our French salad dressing, that’s why it’s poetry!

Whether freshly stirred or shaken in a jar: this French salad dressing is quick and easy to make. We reveal the basic recipe, which you can easily modify.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch of pepper (black, freshly ground)
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, thyme, tarragon or mushrooms)

Approximately per serving:

  • 190 calories
  • 20 grams of fat
  • 1.5 grams of carbohydrates
  • 0.1 g of protein

And this is how it is done:


  1. Mix the white wine vinegar with the salt in a bowl until the salt is dissolved. Season to taste with Dijon mustard and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Whisk in the olive oil until the oil and vinegar are combined. Stir in the shallots and herbs and use the sauce immediately.
  3. The sauce can be refined with spices, finely chopped capers, garlic, lemon, lime or radish.


The popular French salad dressing can be refined with spices, finely chopped capers, garlic, lime, lemon or radish. Although it is boiled cold, it not only goes well with leafy salads, but also with vegetables – whether raw, boiled or grilled. It’s a delight, especially with an artichoke.


Do you want a change? Why not try the refreshing lemon garlic vinaigrette, which is a lovely change, especially in summer. If, on the other hand, you prefer it nice and creamy, read here how to make your own delicious ranch dressing – an original recipe from California. Another tip is Thousand Island dressing. This is primarily served in the US.

A salad is always welcome: Fresh and light as a feather, it delights our senses. But beware, the delicious sauce sometimes hides fatty foods. You can learn more about “hidden calorie bombs” in our gallery:


And in the video we find out if enjoying salads in the evening is really a good idea. Is it a myth or true?



There are more recipes for a wide variety of salads and dressings on our extensive topic page.



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