Italian Dressing

Italian Dressing: An Italian-American Invention

Italian dressing history Italian dressing as we now know it is an American invention. It gets its name from the herbs and other seasonings used in the most popular Italian dressing recipe such as oregano, basil, and garlic along with love oil and vinegar. These ingredients were once associated primarily …

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Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island Dressing: Salad Dressing Of The Early 20th Century Elite

Thousand Island dressing history In most stories of its invention, Thousand Island dressing gets its name from the Thousand Islands region on the St. Lawrence River. The region is an archipelago straddling the border between Canada and the United States. Supposedly, the dressing was invented by a local fishing guide’s …

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Russian Dressing

Russian Dressing: A New England Favorite

Russian dressing’s most popular origin story has it being invented in New England rather than in Russia. James E. Colburn is said to have been Russian dressing’s inventor. Colburn was a grocer from Nashua, New Hampshire. The claim is that he invented it in 1924. While Colburn would go on …

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Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing: The American Salad Dressing

Ranch dressing was invented in 1954 by a cowboy from Nebraska named Steve Henson. Henson worked in Alaska as a plumbing contractor for several years. One aspect of his job there involved cooking for coworkers. It was during that period that he began to develop his buttermilk-based salad dressing. After …

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