Thursday, August 11, 2016

The History of Certain Salad Dressings

Food, Dressing, SaladWhat is your favorite salad dressing?  Is it Blue Cheese, Italian, Ranch?  Do you like it on the side or on your salad?  I like sweetened rice wine vinegar on mine with no oil but a friend loves Blue cheese.

Salad dressings have been around for quite a while but some of them have only appeared in the past century or two.  Did you know that salad dressings have been around since the Babylonians when they used a simple oil and vinegar mixture?  The Egyptians used the same dressing but added Asian spices for flavor.

Ready for fun facts about Salad dressings?  Some dressings have been around for a while. It is believed that Mayonnaise was created in the 1750's in France to celebrate the capture of a Spanish city in Minorca. 

Did you know Green Goddess dressing was created for the actor George Arliss in the 1920's when he stayed at the Place Hotel in San Francisco?  The name came from the play he starred in it was made into one of the earliest talkies.  The original recipe contained Anchovy's.

Russian dressing did not get its name from the people.  The name notes that originally Russian caviar was one of its ingredients.

Supposedly, Thousand Island dressing obtained its name due to the number of islands an the St. Lawrence River.

The original Ranch Dressing came from the Hidden Valley Ranch in California.  Visitors loved the buttermilk based dressing so much, the ranch began selling the dried product people could use to make their own.  Now you can buy it bottled on the shelf.

As far as researchers can tell, French dressing is an American creation whose main ingredients include ketchup where as Italian dressing gets its name from the herbs it uses.

Caeser salad dressing is the dressing found on the Caeser salad.  There are a couple of stories of where this originated but the one that seems most likely is the one about a an Italian  who created it in Tiajana Mexico back in the 1920's.

The following list is of the top 10 most requested salad dressings in the restaurant industry.  Is yours on the list?

1. Ranch Dressing
2. Vinaigrette
3. Caesar Dressing
4. Italian Dressing
5. Bleu Cheese Dressing
6. Thousand Island Dressing
7. Balsamic Vinaigrette
8. Honey Mustard Dressing
9. French Dressing
10. Greek Dressing


  1. I've actually been to Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana where the dressing was invented. They will mix it right at the table for you. Thanks for sharing at the Blogger's Pit Stop.

    1. Thank you for letting me know. I've never been to that particular restaurant when I've visited Tijuana.