Say Bonjour to the 5 Best French Dressings

According to Wikipedia (it’s okay to cite it for something like this!), French dressing is “a creamy dressing that varies in color from pale orange to bright red” that is “made of oil, vinegar, sugar, and other flavorings, with the coloring derived from tomato and often paprika.” I think it’s important to clarify that because I didn’t really know what French dressing was before this taste test. I had seen it at the grocery store and on salad bars, but I had never tried it.

Now, I love French dressing! I feel like an idiot for not tasting it sooner. It’s so tangy and sweet and tasty. We tried almost every French dressing widely available on the market and, as a now French dressing lover, I can confidently say that these are the bottles you should be buying.

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Best of the Best

Ken’s Steak House Creamy French Dressing

Ken’s Steak House Creamy French Dressing was my favorite of all the French dressings we tried. It’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet. I also loved how creamy and thick it is. This would beautifully coat a leaf of lettuce. I’ve never heard of anyone dipping fries or nuggets into French dressing, but people should definitely dip fries and nuggets into this. Think of this as next-level honey mustard and use it accordingly.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Tangy

Wish-Bone Creamy French Salad Dressing

This is, hands down, the best Wish-Bone salad dressing. While I find the brand to be a little meh in general, their creamy French dressing absolutely rules. Unlike some of their other dressings, this doesn’t have a chemical aftertaste. It’s tart and creamy. It reminds me of one of my favorite salad dressing hacks, mixing ranch with balsamic vinegar. If you’re looking to buy something that’s good for more than just salads, this would be sensational sauce for a coleslaw.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Non-Creamy

Ken’s Steak House Country French Dressing with Orange Blossom Honey

If you like the flavor of French dressing but aren’t a fan of creamy dressings, grab a bottle of Ken’s Steak House Country French Dressing with Orange Blossom Honey. This hits all those same notes of tart, tangy, and sweet. What was most impressive to me is that the orange blossom honey really stands out. You get the floral flavor and the iconic sweetness of honey. This dressing feels like a sophisticated take on the classic French dressing and would be perfect for a dinner party.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Fat Free

Western Sweet & Smooth Fat Free French Salad Dressing

Western Sweet and Smooth Fat Free French Salad Dressing lands somewhere on the sauce spectrum between a salad dressing and a BBQ sauce. It’s very tasty and I can see why it has a little bit of a cult following. It is sour, tart, and sugary. I’d mix this with mayo for an incredible burger sauce. Don’t get me wrong, it would be very good on salad too if that’s more your style.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Budget

Great Value Creamy French Dressing

Great Value Creamy French Dressing holds its own alongside all the other French dressings on this list. It’s thick, zesty, and creamy. It is, however, less creamy than some of the other creamy-style dressings we tried. It’s nice if you want something a little creamy that isn’t crazy rich. This is at a great price point, like all Great Value products. If you’re looking for a tasty French dressing to dress a big salad for Sunday dinner, grab a bottle of Great Value.

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Rating:

8/10

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Other Products We Tried: Kroger French Dressing, Kraft French Dressing, Market Pantry French Dressing, Annie’s French Dressing, Simple Truth French Dressing

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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