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Low Sodium French Salad Dressing

By: Bill

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French dressing is one of America’s Top 10 favorite salad dressings. And this Low Sodium French Salad Dressing recipe is made without any extra sodium. With some simple substitutions, you will blow away high sodium levels of store bought dressings and most homemade recipes! Plus, it is so easy and doggone delicious!

Typical sodium amount per serving350mg
Sodium per serving for this recipe20mg
Calories per serving107
Serving size = 2 tbsp1
Low sodium French dressing on crisp lettuce
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I love blue cheese dressing and it always will.  But sadly as a regular dressing, it is far beyond my per meal goal in just 2 Tbsp. When I made my Low Sodium Ranch Dressing I was very happy with that and I now had a close second. But then I made this French dressing and WoW! I was never really enamored with French dressing before starting a LoSo diet, but this sweet-and-tangy dressing has totally captured my taste buds. You will Love it!

Commercial brand French salad dressings and mixes are loaded with sodium. This is why I am working hard on some of the “basics” that we used to eat before you and I really had to cut back on sodium. Most store bought bottled dressings have 350 mg of sodium per 2 tablespoons, for a simple condiment this can easily blow your whole sodium budget. I’ve reduced this recipe down to an amazing low sodium 20 mg for the same amount!

Though I have not made it yet, you could make a creamy version of this also. Replace the oil with my Low Sodium Plain Mayo and stir vigorously. If you make it, let me know how it turned out.

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Tips for making low-sodium French salad dressing

This recipe is incredibly easy to make. Literally, place the ingredients in a pint size Mason jar and shake.

Since all the vinegar and honey in this recipe is a natural preservative storing this for up to 2 weeks should not be a problem.  Of course store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

When storing this dressing in the refrigerator it may separate a bit. But it’s nothing that a quick shake of the jar can’t fix.

One of the “secrets” to making low-sodium French dressing is replacing the Dijon mustard with honey mustard. The typical Grey Poupon Dijon has 115 mg per teaspoon while the honey mustard I used is 15 mg.  I used a Meijer name brand honey mustard, but check your labels

Many people have varying opinions on how sweet their dressing should be.  I personally don’t have a big sweet tooth and I would not use any more honey than listed in the recipe. But feel free to tweak the amount of honey. You can always start with a little and add more to taste, it just takes another shake.

Don’t let your sodium intake of commercial dressings get ahead of you or get you down, make a batch of this Low Sodium French Salad Dressing and enjoy it with all your favorite salads, taco salads, veggies, chicken, and more!

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Loso French dressing made in minutes

As always, please let me know how you like this recipe in the comments! I get motivated when I hear from you and am interested to learn about how you liked and served your Low Sodium French Salad Dressing. So please, leave a comment or rating and share any tips you might have. You can follow me on Facebook and Pinterest also, for new recipes.

Low Sodium French Salad Dressing

Written by: Bill
Yes, better than store bought sweet and tangy Low Sodium French Salad Dressing is a new favorite. Ready in minutes for a minimal sodium level condiment.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 16 2 Tblsp servings
Calories 107 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp pre-minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup Heinz / Hunts no salt added
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey (use more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste no salt added
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Lea and Perrins low sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey mustard (mine was 15 mg of sodium)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


  • Place all of the ingredients in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. (preerably a screw tp lid)
  • Shake vigorously until well-combined.


Makes 2 cups use 1 pint mason jar for storage.

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Serving: 2TbsCalories: 107kcal (5%)Carbohydrates: 8.7g (3%)Fat: 8.4g (13%)Sodium: 20mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 6.8g (8%)

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please understand that not everyone’s sodium and dietary requirements are the same, therefore some recipes may be higher than you’re allowed.

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10 thoughts on “Low Sodium French Salad Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    My husband has congestive heart failure necessitating a very low sodium diet. This is by far the best salad dressing recipe I’ve found. I’ve made it several times. It stays quite awhile in the fridge too so it’s just an overall win! Thanks for sharing

  2. 5 stars
    This is my husbands favorite dressing, he asks me to make it every time he finishes a batch. It is very tangy and tasty and much lower in sodium than bottled dressings. Thanks for the great recipeM

  3. 5 stars
    THANK YOU, I have been searching for a low sodium dressing, this is great!

  4. We love this dressing! It is better than any of the store bought brands and is so fresh…I probably won’t be buying any more of the bottled stuff! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  5. 4 stars
    Hopefully you get this. Planning on making this but your recipe is a little confusing,

    Should turn milky whitish color if not using basalmic vinegar.

    I don’t see the basalmic vinegar being listed anywhere else on this page. Could you clarify this ingredient please?

    • Hi Lapis, You are right, I was experimenting with the basalmic vinegar and it was on my mind when I wrote it up and missed in editing. I will update recipe.


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