Make our Bob Evans Colonial Dressing Restaurant Recipe at home tonight for your family. Our Secret Restaurant Recipe for their Colonial Salad Dressing tastes just like Bob Evans’.

I’ll be honest — I don’t get to Bob Evans very often myself.  I like it when I do go, but there are way too many other places I want to try. And I prefer local, Mom and Pop’s-type places to national chains, anyway.


But my Dad and Mom are huge fans of ol’ Bob.


They go at least every couple weeks and more often when they travel. I guess it’s no mystery why you’ll find most Bob Evan’s near interstate exit ramps.


Bob Evan’s Colonial Dressing Restaurant Recipe




  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/8 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar, light or dark
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Butter or margarine
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Celery salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Celery seed


1. Put water and cornstarch into blender on high speed for 1 minute or until smooth.

2. Transfer to a 2 1/2 qt. saucepan.

3. Cook mixture over Medium High heat, stirring constantly as you begin to add each of the remaining ingredients, stirring well after each addition.

4. Cook and continue stirring until it begins to thicken and become quite smooth.

5. Let it cool completely before pouring into a refrigerator container.

6. Cap tightly and it should keep for a week or so in the refrigerator.  Do not freeze.

One Dressing – 4 Dishes

To  Make Creamy Italian Colonial: After preparing the previous recipe (let cool first), add 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Stir to combine well.

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To Make Creamy Onion Dressing:  To prepared recipe, stir in 1 carton (8 ounces) onion chip dip.

To Make Slaw Dressing:  To prepared recipe, stir in 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Use within 1 week.

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