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Easy Honey French Salad Dressing

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This super easy Honey French Salad Dressing is simple to make at home and a heck of a lot tastier than what comes in a bottle!!! Less sugar and oil than the typical French dressing recipe.

This Light Creamy French Dressing isn’t as heavy as supermarket versions and is the perfect topping for so many salads!

Easy Honey French Salad Dressing on a green salad on a white ceramic plate

Homemade Honey French Salad Dressing

On  a regular basis, the hubby will not eat salad because I have dressed it with my best balsamic vinaigrette, a favorite homemade salad dressing. He prefers a bottle (sigh) of French, Catalina, Ranch or Blue Cheese. So I recently surprised him by making this homemade honey French salad dressing. He gave it high praise, but he still didn’t eat the artichoke hearts or cucumbers! Some things will never change.

Easy Honey French Salad Dressing poured over a green salad

Tips for Making a Light Creamy French Dressing

I wouldn’t exactly call this salad dressing “health food,” but it’s definitely lightened up from many French salad dressing recipes. With less oil than the typical recipe and honey instead of white sugar to sweeten, you won’t even notice these tweaks! Just make sure to whisk vigorously  while adding the vegetable oil as that ensures the mixture emulsifies, which means the oil droplets actually become suspended in the dressing. You can easily do this in the blender, too, but I was lazy and didn’t want to add that to the pile of dishes I needed to wash!

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Honey French Salad Dressing

An easy homemade French salad dressing sweetened with honey.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1⅔ cups salad dressing 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American, French-American


  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.


  1. In a large glass measuring cup or medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, and paprika. Whisk in ketchup and honey.
  2. Slowly pour in vegetable oil while whisking constantly (this will help emulsify the salad dressing).
  3. Taste for seasonings and add salt, pepper or more onion powder as needed. I did not add any more salt.


  • Calories: 1319kcal
  • Sugar: 165g
  • Sodium: 1102mg
  • Fat: 74g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 177g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0
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15 comments on “Easy Honey French Salad Dressing”

  1. Wow that’s great and the color is stunning.

  2. I always love to try new dressings for my everyday salad. This sounds simple and delicious for a seasonal salad.

  3. I love homemade dressings and this is such a versatile one to have on hand!

  4. That dressing sounds wonderful and the salad looks amazing! I think this would be great on any leafy salad as well.

  5. Dear Liz, your salad looks healthy and at the same time “très gourmand” ! Love it!

  6. really helthy food

  7. This sounds like a wonderful dressing my mom used to make, yum! I love how easy it is!

  8. My husband doesn’t like cucumbers either! He does prefer balsamic vinaigrette to anything else though – men are funny! I would love to try this dressing!

  9. I love honey salad dressings and this one looks so simple and easy. I would love to try this. Just one question, which ketchup you used here?

  10. Love your rendition of French dressing. I may still be eating sugar but sooo many people in SoCal do not. So, thank you for the fantabulous substitution of honey….Getting out my blender!

  11. Looks divine! Celery salt. I haven’t seen that for ages!

  12. We’re trying to lose a little weight these days and salads are now more frequent as a main. So the timing for this couldn’t be better:):)
    Thanx so much for the delicious recipe dear Liz, pinned!

  13. Oh this sounds good! I’m also looking at your salad and wondering why I’ve never made a salad with artichokes? Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration.

  14. Homemade dressings are the best. Love that you’ve included all those other ideas & recipes too, always on the look out for a new dressing.

  15. Love this simple but delicious dressing. Making your dressing from scratch just tastes so much better than from the store.

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