German ‘American’ Dressing


This week I am working in Germany. I sat down at our hotel’s restaurant and was confronted with several options of salad dressing to top a side salad with. There were the usual suspects…and then there was ‘American’… What the Hell is ‘American’ salad dressing?!? I am American, and I have never heard of such a thing.

I guess it is similar to how there is no ‘French’ dressing in France, ‘Russian’ dressing in Russia, or ‘Italian’ dressing in Italy… I guess the Germans just decided to create this ‘American’ dressing to fill in the void between the boring vinaigrettes and plain yogurt dressings commonly offered in Germany.
So what is ‘American’ dressing? Is it some corrupted form of Ranch?or maybe a bottle of BBQ sauce? This American has no idea that ‘American’ dressing was even a thing.


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7 Comments on “German ‘American’ Dressing”

  1. September 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Ha! I always found this funny, being half American, half German. Germans will come up with things such as pizza “American style” and make it thicker than their usual thin crust style. Not quite American, but close. It is the same in the states… German chocolate cake does not exist in Germany; a Greek salad in the states has lettuce, in Greece it’s just the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, feta, etc with no lettuce. It’s funny to see a country’s interpretation of other country’s food.

    • September 18, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      Haha. I never new there was no such thing as real German ‘German chocolate cake.’ But if the results are tasty, then that is what matters! I love US style sushi. the stuff in Japan is GREAT, but our USA versions filled with multiple creative ingredients is amazing.

  2. September 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    That’s interesting…I kind of wish you had gotten a side of the “American dressing” just so we knew what was in it!

    • September 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Well, I have something to do next time when I am back in that part of Germany (in about a year).

  3. Conrad
    February 12, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    German Chocolate cake didn’t come from Germany! An American, Sam German, developed a type of chocolate, like ‘Dove Chocolate’ or ‘Hershey’s Chocolate’, and someone created a cake to try to make German’s Chocolate popular. The cake was originally called German’s Chocolate Cake.

    • February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Hey Conrad. Wow, I never knew that! It really is funny how we just start naming and associating certain food after a country/region that may not have anything to do with its original creation.
      Thanks for sharing!


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