French dressing

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For the British 1964 film, see French Dressing (1964 film). For the American 1927 film, see French Dressing (1927 film).
French dressing
Sandwich with Catalina dressing.jpg
Chicken, swiss cheese and lettuce sandwich with avocado slices topped with Catalina french dressing
Type Salad dressing
Cookbook:French dressing  French dressing

French dressing is a term used for different salad dressings in different countries.

Initially the term was a synonym for "vinaigrette".[citation needed][dubious ]

In the United States and Canada, it refers to an oil and vinegar based dressing that is usually rather sweet.[1][unreliable source?] Ketchup is one ingredient, making it red to orange in color; sugar is added for sweetness.[citation needed][dubious ] Worcestershire sauce and paprika are key ingredients. Some versions include chopped onions. It is also available as a "creamy" version, which is opaque.[citation needed] In Germany, French dressing is somewhat similar[clarification needed].[2][citation needed] In Switzerland, it is a white dressing with mayonnaise or cream.[3] In the UK, French dressing refers to a somewhat thick, off-white dressing made with vinegar, oil, Dijon mustard and garlic, often with herbs added.[citation needed]


  1. ^ French dressing Food Timeline
  2. ^ Davert - French-Dressing[dead link]
  3. ^ Tiptopf; interkantonales Lehrmittel für den Hauswirtschaftsunterricht, 18., vollst. überarb. Aufl., Schulverlag blmv, Bern 2008 ISBN 978-3-292-00481-9 (in german)