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The World's Best (and Easiest) Homemade Salad Dressing

By Brooke McLay |

A few years ago, I was visiting with a friend who’s husband grew up in France. She’d invited me over for lunch and slid a plate of salad in front of me. It looked like plain lettuce with some tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and a bit of chicken. I grabbed my fork and pushed a bite in my mouth. At which point, I couldn’t help but talk with my mouth open, “Ohmygosh! What IS this salad dressing?” She winked a smiled, “Everyone always wants to know.” Then proceeded to spill her husband’s secret family recipe for the most perfect salad dressing ever.

This gorgeous dressing costs just pennies to make, and makes every single salad taste like a gourmet feast. You’ll never again want to spend a single penny on the storebought dressing, since this recipe works splendidly on every single salad. My favorite combination is still the one she served: romaine lettuce, a bit of diced grilled chicken, chopped white onions, diced tomatoes, and a handful of cheddar cheese. But you can serve this versatile dressing on any salad and wow your tastebuds.

Secret French Salad Dressing

  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or light olive oil
  • lots of salt (added to taste)
  • pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until the garlic is very finely chopped. Place in an airtight container and set aside for 15-20 minutes before dressing your salad to allow the flavors to meld together. Pour over your favorite salad and enjoy!

For a sweeter dressing, swap out the vinegar for fresh lemon juice, then add 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey.

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About Brooke McLay

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Brooke McLay

Brooke McLay is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer, and cooking show host for Babble, General Mills, and Good Cook. You can find and follow her latest whims at Cheeky Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read Brooke's latest posts →

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