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What is French dressing??

I recently asked for suggestions for a chicken dish - see
www.chowhound.com/topics/502740

One of the suggestions was a cranberry french chicken, which used a "bottle of french dressing". In Australia, french dressing is basically oil and vinegar, maybe a little garlic. So please tell me - what is in the US version bottle of french dressing?

I want to try this dish for dinner tonight so please help me out!!!

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  1. There's a recent thread from a French woman asking the same question. If you find it and read it you'll know that you do not want to make this recipe.

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    1. re: southernitalian

      Here's the thread from the general board on "French Dressing."

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/500806

      The only french dressing I like (assuming we are talking about the orange stuff) is the Lawry's "Vintage" Dressing that they serve in their restaurants. You can only buy it at the restaurants or online:

      http://www.lawrysonline.com/e-store/p...

    2. It's Hellman's French Dressing, especially on iceberg lettuce. Brings me back to my childhood.

      1. Same thing here. French dressing is an oil and vinegar dressing. You can add herbs as suits your fancy.

        1. Uh, our "French" dressings over here often have ketchup (contains tomatoes) in them. They are red and sweet and tangy and emulsified. Of course, they also have vinegar and oil in them, probably garlic too.

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          1. re: saltwater

            Yeah, that would be a bottled type like Kraft. But a homemade variety of French would be oil and vinegar with variations.

            1. re: sarah galvin

              The recipe that was given to our questioner in the referenced thread called for a 16 oz bottle of French dressing, so I'm guessing the recipe wants the tomato kind. For homemade, you are right.

              1. re: saltwater

                We agree :) Bottled French would be the red kind.

              2. re: sarah galvin

                I have an old recipe for French dressing that calls for the oil, vinegar and paprika & other spices. It's probably the paprika that gives it the orange coloring.

                1. re: lilyalli

                  I found my recipe.. it's from the late 50's I think. It calls for 1/4 t. salt, 1/4 t. paprika, 6 T. olive oil and 2 T. lemon juice. I personally don't like French dressing, so I've never tried this recipe, so I'm not sure how it is.

            2. French dressing is an American product. It is orange. A vinaigrette dressing is oil, vinegar and herbs.