Sweet-and-Sour Dressing Recipe

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When I was growing up, Dad made this so much it became our "house" dressing. This recipe makes a nice big batch that you can conveniently keep in your refrigerator.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup light corn syrup

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 139 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar and seasonings. Add vinegar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in oil and corn syrup until well blended. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Sweet-and-Sour Dressing in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p61

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