Homemade Italian Dressing

This zesty Homemade Italian Dressing is a cinch to make at home, and tastes better too! Poured on a salad or used as a chicken marinade, this dressing is scrumptious!

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Homemade Italian dressing recipe: perfect on salads or use as a marinade for poultry!

I’ve learned it’s so easy to make your own dressing at home. Not that I am against store bought, I use it all the time, but sometimes whipping up a fresh dressing is called for! Especially if you don’t feel like running to the grocery store.

I’ve got a delicious Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe coming for you tomorrow, but in the meantime, let’s talk about dressings.

Or in my husband’s case, lack thereof.

I love eating salad. I know that sounds so ridiculous, but if I go out to eat, I always get a side salad. ALWAYS. Even if it doesn’t come with the meal. I started doing this was I young and thin and wanted to fill up on healthy greens before my meal.

Homemade Italian dressing recipe: perfect on salads or use as a marinade for poultry!

Now I’m old and well, not thin, and I still love filling up on the healthy greens. However, I love to try out new salad dressings from restaurants. And if they can toss on fruit, nuts, croutons….all the better!

Hubby, on the other hand, eats dry salad. Like a turtle just gnawing on lettuce leaves. It’s bland and boring. But his aversion to condiments and creamy white stuff leaves him eating plain salads. He claims that this saturday morning PSA ruined him as a child:

So today’s Italian Dressing is delicious for most people. Not all. Not condiment haters. No amount of delicious dressing could convince my husband. BUT, those of us who love italian dressing will LOVE this easy homemade version.

Homemade Italian dressing recipe: perfect on salads or use as a marinade for poultry!

A couple of notes about this dressing;

  • When chopping the red pepper, make sure it is very finely diced. You don’t want a big hunk of it in your dressing.
  • Use a mason jar to combine all your ingredients. I have a stack of these in my cabinet to aid in keeping my jars sealed.
  • Make the dressing at least 4 hours ahead of time. Even the day before is great. It gives the flavors time to combine.
  • SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE. And then shake again before serving.
  • Serve drizzled on a fresh green salad, or check out my Shrimp Pasta Salad!!

Homemade Italian Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp minced onion
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped red pepper
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a pint sized mason jar, combine all ingredients.
  2. Shake vigourously and allow to chill in refrigerator for 4 hours or more. Shake before using.

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13 comments on “Homemade Italian Dressing”

  1. Haha your hubby eats salad like a turtle!  That was a good description! Ok, so I’m all about homemade dressings, but I haven’t taken the full plunge yet.  I’m all “how long do they last?”, “how long can they keep?”, “where do I store them?”.  Salad dressing still eludes me, but I love your recipe for a classic italian dressing!

  2. That PSA is Hilarious!!!! Too bad he missed out on that yummy Italian Dressing.  I would consume the whole jar in like 4 salads. ha ha!

  3. Gosh, I LOVE Italian dressing so much! This homemade version looks so robust and delicious! 

  4. Love Italian dressing and love to make my own.

  5. Hilarious!  Dry salad?  Who eats dry salad when this epic homemade salad dressing exists!!!!??????

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  7. yum! I’ve been wanting to tackle homemade Italian dressing!

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  9. Carol Thomson

    How long does a jar of homemade dressing last? I need to start doing this and not buy the ones from the grocery store.

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