Homemade French Dressing
May 22, 2009 by matronofhusbandry
Fresh greens from the garden or farmers market are just crying out for fresh dressing too. Salad dressings made at home from simple ingredients everyone has in their pantry are a good way to cut out additives in our diets, and add one more recipe to our scratch cooking files. But, if your family is like mine, everyone wants different dressing on their salads.
Sometimes too, it is hard to wean ourselves off of that store bought taste and familiarity. This recipe helps make the transition a little easier. A woman who worked in the cafeteria at the hospital where I worked, shared this recipe with me. We both shared a love for fresh, made from scratch food, and she was Mormon and kept a huge pantry at home. We always had something to chat about, and we got many a curious look when she would pull out a empty gallon pickle jar from under the cash register and place it on my tray. She was a peach of a gal, and even though I know her recipe by heart, it heartens me to pull out that recipe card and see her handwriting. Thanks Joyce!
HOMEMADE FRENCH DRESSING makes 1 pint
medium onion, chopped
¼ cup water
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup oil
½ cup catsup
½ cup sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
Blend chopped onion, water and vinegar in blender or food processor until the onion is the consistency you desire. Add remaining ingredients and continue mixing until desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings.
If you want a mild onion flavor use a sweet onion, if you like your onion flavor strong, use a regular cooking onion.
Store unused portion in refrigerator.