Brown Derby French Dressing

This goes along with the famous Brown Derby Cobb Salad, but it also can go well with any salad. This salad dressing also goes well on meaty sandwiches and as a dip for fresh vegetables.

homemade Brown Derby French Dressing in a small pitcher

This French dressing goes along with the famous Brown Derby Cobb Salad, but it also pairs well with any salad. You can make this dressing at home with this easy homemade French dressing recipe. This salad dressing also adds something special to meaty sandwiches and works well as a dip for fresh vegetables.

The Cobb Salad was named after Robert Cobb, an owner of the famous Brown Derby Restaurant in Los Angeles (shaped like a derby hat!) The story is that late one night, Cobb fixed himself a salad made with some chopped leftover chicken and some other ingredients he had on hand. Several of his pals dropped by the restaurant following a movie preview and asked what he was eating. That salad became known as Bob’s Cobb Salad. In 1929, the Hollywood Brown Derby was opened, and the Cobb Salad, with its special Brown Derby French Dressing, became a fixed menu item. Today, Cobb salads, in various incarnations, can be found on menus throughout the country.

What Is French Dressing?

 French dressing is basically a vinaigrette. The essential ingredients are oil and vinegar that are seasoned and can be combined with various other ingredients such as lemon juice, mustard, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.

Making salad dressing at home is simple, saves you money, and produces a tastier dressing than buying it ready-made. You also know exactly what goes into it, saving you from having to puzzle out any strange-sounding ingredients on a label. 

A homemade French dressing recipe is a great way to spruce up any salad. A classic French salad dressing is a dressing that everyone should know how to put together. It’s easy to make from simple ingredients. 

Is Using Raw Garlic Safe?

It’s perfectly safe to use raw garlic in a salad dressing because the acid in the vinegar acts to inhibit bacterial growth. Just store your homemade dressing in your refrigerator.


Here’s a list of what you need to make the dressing:

  • Water
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dry mustard
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
Brown Derby French Dressing Ingredients

How to Make Brown Derby French Dressing

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to combine.
    Homemade Brown Derby French Dressing in a mixing bowl
  2. Pour into a container and refrigerate.
  3. Shake well before serving.
homemade Brown Derby French dressing, a head of garlic, lemon, and cutlery on a table

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homemade Brown Derby French Dressing in a small pitcher

Brown Derby French Dressing

French salad dressing can be hard to find, but you can recreate this salad dressing with our recipe.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Salad Dressing, Salad Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 79kcal


  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • Combine water, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, and oils. Chill. Shake well before serving.


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 50mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Iron: 0mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. maxie

    While the ingredients are correct, the amounts are off for the original Brown Derby Old Fashioned French Dressing served on the Cobb salad.

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