Homemade Italian dressing recipe is quick and delicious. Oil and red wine vinegar are mixed with a combination of dijon and a pinch of Italian seasoning. Everything is better homemade!

We love making our own Italian dressing at home, it just tastes so much better. I love knowing exactly what goes into my dressing and this is the perfect blend! Use it as a marinade for Baked Chicken Breasts or grilled chicken, to dip bread or of course as a dressing for salad and veggies!

Italian Dressing in a jar with a spoon

Italian Dressing

I love using this Italian dressing recipe to pour a fresh crisp Italian salad, to dress a perfect Italian Pasta Salad or to dip big chunks of focaccia bread. It goes so well with just about everything.

How To Make Italian Dressing

Italian salad dressing ingredients are simple. It is a vinaigrette style dressing, consisting of oil, vinegar, and other herbs and spices. It is very important to use the dijon, this ingredient helps to hold the dressing together. If you skip it, your dressing will separate into oil/vinegar layers.

To make Homemade Italian salad dressing:

To make this easy dressing recipe, I shake it all in a mason jar. I have a couple of lids for my mason jars that have a pouring spout which I always use for dressings.

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
  2. Shake to combine.
  3. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

This recipe uses vegetable oil as olive oil can sometimes be bitter. If you have a light tasting olive oil, feel free to use half and half! We do add garlic to this recipe occasionally.

Italian Dressing pouring on a salad

Italian salad dressing will last in your refrigerator for up to 2 days.

It makes last minute weeknight side dishes easy peasy, the perfect pasta salad with Italian dressing and of course it’s great as a marinade!

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Italian Dressing

This homemade Italian dressing recipe is as delicious as it gets. Italian seasoning is blended with dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and oil. Everything is better homemade!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (or use half olive oil, half vegetable oil)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients except oil to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Very slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking. This should take at least 1-2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve over fresh greens. Makes about ⅔ cup.


This dressing will last 2 days in the fridge.
You can use sugar in place of honey. Both honey and dijon mustard are emulsifiers meaning they will keep the mixture from separating. 
The slower you drizzle the oil, the better!
We love the addition of parmesan cheese but it will cause the dressing to separate so we prefer to add it to the salad instead of the dressing.
Nutrition information is based on 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 121 | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 7mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dressing, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean

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  1. I loved the easy recipe. So simple and yet open to try extras like pepper flakes, dash of lemon or even garlic. It a good standard recipe and I will add it to my “go to”. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. So happy you enjoyed it, Yoli! And you are so right, it is the perfect base to start experimenting with to create your own perfect dressing!

  2. I think people who gave this a low rating do not know what real Italian salad dressing is. I grew up with Italians and they use a very simple dressing, mostly oil with a little bit of vinegar and some salt – and sometimes they only use oil and salt. This recipe is pretty close to an authentic homemade Italian dressing. It lets the greens shine! Thank you, Holly!5 stars

    1. Hi Kelsey, this is an oil-based recipe so we recommend refrigerating for at least one hour before serving. This helps to allow all the other flavors to shine through!

  3. Delicious and so simple! Used it for a simple pasta salad and it was the perfect match. Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  4. I simply can’t get enough of this salad dressing. I’m having huge salads everyday for lunch. This is so good!! I’ve shared it with at least 30 people.
    Best recipe find of the year.5 stars

  5. Really good! I added a little garlic and onion power, a dash of red pepper flakes and half white and half red wine vinegar, and a little parmesan cheese. Really good. May try a little honey next time I get some. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  6. Hello, Your recipes look so delicious and they appear to be simple to make. I made the Pizza Grilled cheese and it was delish.
    I have also printed a few more that I will be trying very soon.

    I wanted to make a salad dressing without the Red Wine Vinegar and I wanted to know is there is a substitute for Red Wine Vinegar?

    Thank you have a Blessed Day!