Fresh homemade dressings taste so much better than bottled ones and are fast to make!
This Italian dressing recipe is a simple blend of oil and vinegar with just the right touch of savory seasonings. It’s great for salads or even as a marinade for grilled chicken!
Keep this magical dressing on hand at all times to drizzle on cucumbers or even use as a bread dip!
Delicious Italian Dressing
- A great homemade Italian salad dressing recipe is a must-have for every home cook, especially one that comes together as fast and easy as this one!
- So good on practically everything from salads to pasta, veggies, chicken, and fish, Italian dressing is as easy to make as it is versatile!
- Preservative, sugar-free, and absolutely delicious, this homemade dressing has the perfect blend of oil, vinegar, and savory spices.
Ingredients in Italian Dressing
Oil – When making salad dressing, vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil, or a light-tasting olive oil are great. Extra virgin olive oil can have a strong flavor so we opt for a lighter tasting oil in this recipe.
Vinegar – Red wine vinegar is our preferred vinegar in this recipe. Other options include white balsamic or white wine vinegar.
Other Additions – This recipe adds a dash of Dijon mustard for a zesty flavor while honey (or sugar) balances the vinegar. Both honey and dijon help to emulsify the base which means that the oil and vinegar will not separate.
Seasoning – I use a pinch of Italian seasoning as it has our favorite dried herbs including basil, oregano, parsley, and onion powder.
How to Make Italian Dressing
Homemade salad dressing surpasses any store-bought dressing because it’s made with fresh ingredients that can be adjusted to your preferences.
- Whisk all ingredients (per the recipe below) except the oil.
- Very slowly drizzle the oil while whisking until it is incorporated.
- Season and use as desired.
Storing Leftover Dressing
Keep Italian dressing in the refrigerator and shake it thoroughly before using it (it will separate after sitting in the fridge). The flavor will intensify as it ages, but try to use it within 3 days for best results.
Freeze Italian dressing in ice cube trays and store them in a freezer bag. Pop one or two out to use in place of oil or butter in stir-fries; it’s already seasoned, too!
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Homemade Italian Dressing
- ½ cup vegetable oil (or use half olive oil, half vegetable oil)
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey*
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 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.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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