is a type of American salad dressing, also called Catalina
dressing. French dressing can be "white" or
"red". It is essentially a vinaigrette with
sugar and ketchup
added. It is often sold bottled in the United States.
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as such is unknown in France, where sugar and ketchup are
never found in salad dressing. Vinaigrette is the most
common way of dressing a salad in France.
People in some
parts of the Southern United States (especially in the
Biloxi, Mississippi, area) pour French dressing on pizza.
has it that the condiment's name stems from its invention
by the wife of Lucius French, a founder of Hazleton,
Indiana. French's intense aversion to vegetables brought
him to the brink of scurvy several times; his wife
supposedly created the tangy, unconventional dressing as a
means of coaxing the bellicose French to consume salads.
The story is likely apocryphal, however.