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Dorothy Lynch Dressing

LuvMaerz's picture

I always remember my grandma having Dorothy Lynch dressing on hand.  I really liked it, and it was especially good in taco salads.  Seeing it on the store shelf the other day reminded me of her, who passed away almost 3 years ago from cancer at a fairly young "grandma" age of 67.  I had to buy a bottle, but opted for the fat free variety, which isn't as rich but still tastes good.

I really think that Dorothy Lynch Drssing is the ONLY item in the supermarket that has "tomato soup" as it's #1 ingredient!  I found that very hard to believe when I first saw that.  Anyway, you can make it yourself, and here is the recipe for the original version:


1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. sugar
1 can tomato soup
1/2 c. dark cider vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. garlic powder

Blend all ingredients together.  Refrigerate.  Shake well before using.

KJuneBug's picture
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I am getting in on this one late too, but my curiousity got me. Never heard of this brand - Google, people!! here is the link to the company website, gives the history and everything!

dcharrison's picture
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I'm late getting to this one, but I remember having Dorothy Lynch for the first time in Dell City, OK at a family friend's home in about 1971.  For some reason, growing up, we never had salads in our home, so I never had it until this particular vacation.

Cindy, KS

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 Well, I am with you, Kevin, I never heard of Dorothy Lynch dressing. In fact, I also never heard of Dorothy Lynch, but then I am sure many of you never heard of Entenmann's Cakes which is very big in NY, and in areas of the South where NYers have transplanted. The salad dressing recipe sounds pretty good, and I will definitely give it a try. Susan 

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Gosh...I feel completely out of the loop....I like to think I know my groceries...Dorothy Lynch Dressing???? I am in Ohio, is the dressing a "regional thing".  And who was Dorothy Lynch? (SIGH, I know, I know, I could just Google it...but what fun is that??)

LuvMaerz's picture
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"A mind is like a parachute. It doesnt work if it's not open."- Frank Zappa


On their website, it says that a few Super Walmarts have started to carry it in Ohio.  The bottle is very distinctive... and I don't remember it having changed since I was a kid.


Dorothy it all got started.

Yes, there really and truly was a Dorothy Lynch. In the late 1940s, Dorothy Lynch and her husband ran the restaurant at the local Legion Club in St. Paul, Nebraska. This is where the original recipe for Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing was born. As the Legion Club members were introduced to this delicious recipe the legend of Dorothy Lynch began to grow and the dressing fast became a "must-have" favorite. Stories of local people bringing their own bottle or jug to town to have it filled with "that delicious Dorothy Lynch salad dressing" were quite common.

In 1964, Tasty-Toppings, Inc. purchased the recipe and rights to Dorothy Lynch and built a production facility in Columbus, Nebraska. The company later expanded its production capacity with a modern 64,000 square foot plant in Duncan, Nebraska. This is where every bottle of Dorothy Lynch Home Style is produced today.

Responding to changing nutrition and health issues, Dorothy Lynch 100% Fat Free dressing was introduced in 1987. Today the familiar red and yellow bottles of Dorothy Lynch Home Style and 100% Fat Free Dressings are available in 26 midwestern and western states. The product is available in some eastern states via specialty distributors. Dorothy Lynch can also be purchased and shipped via Dorothy Direct.

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