Aunt Winnie’s Western Dressing

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Growing up I was surrounded by great home cooks. My mother, my grandmother, and my Aunt Mimi all brought their A-game to family gatherings with salads, sides, and desserts, especially. I got this recipe from my grandma Pauline whose youngest sister was Winnigene, known to our side of the family as Winnie. I only visited with Aunt Winnie on a handful of occasions as a girl because she lived in a different state, but I have fond memories of her. It’s fun to have family recipes because each time you read them or make them, you think about that special relative and the place they had in your life. And so I have her homemade Western Salad Dressing recipe to remember Aunt Winnie by.



Recipe for Copycat Western Dressing, Catalina Salad Dressing recipe, Tomato Soup Salad Dressing Recipe



Tomato Soup Western Salad Dressing

Aunt Winnie’s Western Salad Dressing recipe was known to our family as Winnie’s French Dressing or Tomato Soup Dressing, but I have renamed it for you to represent what it really is. To me, this tastes very much like bottled Western Salad Dressings and is a recipe the whole family will enjoy.

This Western salad dressing is super easy to make with ingredients from your pantry.



Tomato Soup Salad Dressing



This is a very sweet dressing. If you like your salad dressings less sweet, try it with half the sugar or even less. You can always add more sugar later if you want it sweeter.

Copycat Western Salad Dressing

The recipe really is super easy.  You will need:

  • 1 cup of tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salad oil of your choice ( I use Avocado oil.)
  • 1 tsp grated onion or 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1  Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground (dry) mustard 
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine in a canning jar and mix or put the lid on and shake. It’s ready to go!



Sugar-Free Western Recipe

You can skip the sugar and use your favorite sugar substitute to make this a sugar-free Western Dressing. For Sweet-n-Low or Truvia use about 12 packets for the 1/2 cup sugar. If using straight erythritol, you can use about 1/2 cup erythritol to replace the sugar. Note that if you don’t use sugar, the salad dressing will be a little less thick, but it still is a little thick because of the tomato soup.

You could probably use honey or agave syrup if you like those to replace the 1/2 cup sugar. I haven’t tried it, so if you do, let me know what you think!



You might also like my other vintage and family recipes:

Grandma Pauline’s Meatloaf with Variations

Cheryl’s Pineapple Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Yeast Bread for the Bread Machine\

Seriously the Best Banana Bread Ever

Grandma’s Secret to Tender, Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

Delicious Curry Vegetable Dip



Copy-cat western salad dressing, Tomato Soup Dressing
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Aunt Winnie’s Western Salad Dressing

We called this french dressing growing up but it is closer to western dressing, which I loved as a kid. It's a recipe the whole family will like.
Per Serving: 73 Calories; 6g Fat (65.9% calories from fat); trace Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 42mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Salad Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 18 servings (2 Tbsp)
Calories 84kcal
Author Carmen @


  • Bowl or Jar, Whisk


  • 1 cup tomato soup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salad oil (I use Avocado Oil.)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar is good.)
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion (Can substitute onion powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard (Could substitute brown mustard in a pinch.)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients and mix with a whisk until well-blended. Store in a glass bottle or canning jar.


Stores well for quite a while in the refrigerator. 
Sugar-Free Western Sadad Dressing Recipe Variation:
You can skip the sugar and use your favorite sugar substitute to make this a sugar-free Western Dressing. For Sweet-n-Low or Truvia use about 12 packets for the 1/2 cup sugar. If using straight erythritol, you can use about 1/2 cup erythritol to replace the sugar.
Calories 84.28kcal, Total Fat 6.24g, Carbs 6.78g, Sugars 6.02g
homemade salad dressings kids like

13 thoughts on “Aunt Winnie’s Western Dressing”

  • Sounds like a yummy dressing and nice that you have memories to go along with it!

  • 5 stars
    I love a new healthy recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing this deliciousness!

    • You’re welcome and yes, it is so good!

  • 5 stars
    That looks like amazing dressing. I will be making it tonight.

    • Oh, good. Hope you enjoy it!

  • 5 stars
    I love the idea of making my own Western dressing! Using tomato soup as a base is a great idea. I’m sure Winnie would love that her recipe is being shared!

    • Thank you. Yes, the Western Dressing recipe is so easy to make and the whole family likes it!

  • Sounds interesting! I don’t think I have tasted something like this dressing before!

  • Lisa, Casey, Barrett Dog says:

    5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe! Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you. So glad you like it!

  • Cindy Moore says:

    5 stars
    I’m sure your aunt would be thrilled that you are sharing her dressing recipe! Sounds good. I think I’d try it without any sweetener.

    • Oh, let me know if you like it more savory than sweet. Sounds good. 🙂

  • This dressing sounds really interesting. I would have never thought to use tomato soup for a dressing.

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