French dressing

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This article is about manufactured French dressing. For the "classic" oil-vinegar salad dressing, see Vinaigrette.
French dressing
Sandwich with Catalina dressing.jpg
Chicken, swiss cheese and lettuce sandwich with avocado slices topped with Catalina French dressing
Type Salad dressing
Main ingredients oil, vinegar, sugar, tomatoes, paprika
Cookbook: French dressing  Media: French dressing

French dressing is a term originally used for any oil-and-vinegar-based salad dressing.[1] Today, it refers to a creamy ketchup-based dressing which varies in color from pale orange to bright red. It can be made by blending olive oil, vinegar, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, paprika, and salt.[2] In the United States during the 1950s, manufactured "French dressing" was developed. The manufactured version is sweet in taste and colored orange-to-red from the use of paprika and tomatoes.[3] In manufactured versions, "French dressing" is generally a pale orange and creamy, while "Catalina French dressing" is generally bright red and less creamy in nature.


  1. ^ Xavier Raskin (1922). French Cookbook for American Families. Philadelphia, PA (USA): David McKay Co. pp. 213–214. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "50 Salad Dressing Recipes". Food Network. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Lou Sackett & Jaclyn Peska (2011). Professional Garde Manger. Hoboken, NJ (USA): John Wiley & Sons. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-470-17996-3. Retrieved 30 April 2015.