Thank you for a great Carmel Winter Farmers Market season! We will see you beginning on May 4th at the Carmel Farmers Market and the Fishers Farmers Market!

Honey-French Dressing

I am helping a friend out in a few weeks by preparing food for her upcoming wedding reception.  One of the items on the menu is salad.  For a variety of reasons, I typically make my own salad dressings but had never made French dressing before, which is one of the dressings requested for the meal.  I consulted my mother-in-law for the recipe she has made for years (decades?), followed her adjustments and made a few other tweaks from the original (for example, substituting honey for the sugar) and I am pleased with the results.  With warmer-weather months upon us, I am sure to make this again! I hope if you try it, you will enjoy it also.   

  • 1/2 c canola oil
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/2 c ketchup (could substitute chili sauce)
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp celery seed
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • scant 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • few cranks of freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and use an immersion blender to fully combine. If needed, use a fork to incorporate the oil (Note: If you do not have an immersion blender, combine all ingredients in a regular blender).  Transfer to a different container (if desired), cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before enjoying on your salad. 

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