French Salad Dressing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious French salad dressing recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at eating well.

Staff Picks

Grilled Pork Loin with White Bean Puree & Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.8 stars 5
This easy grilled pork loin recipe served with a white bean puree gets a pop of fresh flavor from the lemony, fresh herb vinaigrette. Make it a complete healthy dinner with steamed green beans and a green salad tossed with Italian dressing.

Easy Red-Wine Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
This versatile red-wine vinaigrette recipe is a healthy dressing for your salad but it's also delicious drizzled on grain salads or over grilled or roasted vegetables.

French Dressing

Rating: 3.75 stars 2
A homemade cousin of bottled French dressing.

Garlic-Oregano Vinaigrette

To get the most flavor out of this easy vinaigrette dressing recipe, dried oregano is rubbed between your fingers and toasted before being whisked with the remaining ingredients.

Warm Pear & Spinach Salad with Maple-Bacon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars 1
Mature, larger-leaved spinach holds up better to the warm bacon vinaigrette than baby spinach in this healthy spinach salad recipe. If you don't want the spinach to wilt, let the dressing cool before tossing it with the salad.

Mint Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
This brightly flavored lemon-mint vinaigrette recipe is an ideal dressing for mixed green salads or grain salads, such a quinoa or freekah, topped with fresh fruit.

Apple-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chopped shallots and Dijon-style mustard are the perfect additions to this apple-balsamic vinaigrette.

Anchovy-Garlic Vinaigrette

This easy vinaigrette recipe is like a simpler version of Caesar dressing. Try it over grilled romaine, in a wrap or tossed with roasted vegetables.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars 1
Whirring this champagne vinaigrette in the blender gives it a creamy consistency. If you don't have a blender, just mince the shallots, then whisk the ingredients in a medium bowl.

Radish, Herb & Feta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 2
Sorrel, a perennial herb common in French cooking, adds bright, lemony flavor to this healthy spring salad recipe. The red-veined variety is particularly pretty but if you can't find it, try using baby arugula, pea shoots or mixed greens.

Beet Bliss

Rating: 5 stars 6
This healthy and pretty beet salad recipe is dressed with a tangy-sweet maple-mustard vinaigrette. Use the leftover dressing for any salad later in the week.

Grilled Salmon Salad Niçoise with Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilled salmon filets add a nice dose of protein to this classic Niçoise salad. A simple lemon vinaigrette comes together quickly and really enhances the flavors in this healthy recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Sherry-Walnut Vinaigrette
Using roasted walnut oil in this healthy vinaigrette recipe gives this dressing a nutty flavor. Look for walnut oil near other specialty oils in your grocery store.
Lobster Niçoise Salad
Steamed lobster is a luxurious swap for tuna in this otherwise-classic, veggie-loaded Niçoise salad. In a pinch--or if you don't want to deal with a giant pot of boiling water on a steamy summer day--many supermarkets have freshly picked lobster meat at their seafood counter or in the freezer case. Serve with a warm baguette for lunch or dinner.
Poached Halibut with Herbed Vinaigrette
Rating: 5 stars

Gently simmering mild fish in a simple, fragrant broth--known in French cooking as a court-bouillon--is a wonderful way to impart flavor. Be careful not to overcrowd or overcook the fish, as either will cause it to fall apart.