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!

Italian dressing made from scratch in a mason jar, on a red and orange linen.

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. And yes, they sell the seasons mix, but why not try it at home from scratch?

I’ve got a delicious Shrimp Pasta Salad recipe that is drizzled with this zesty Italian Dressing, the perfect potluck dish!

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 when was I young and thin and wanted to fill up on healthy greens before my meal.

Italian dressing in a mason jar with a white lid.

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 (especially italian salad dressings).

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.

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!

Tips and tricks

  • When chopping the red pepper, make sure it is very finely diced. You don’t want a big hunk of it in your dressing.
  • If using garlic powder instead of garlic salt, you may want to add a little kosher salt to the recipe (I would start with about 1/4 tsp)
  • 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.
  • Parmesan cheese is the perfect complement to this salad dressing recipe. So be sure to add some to all your salads 🙂
  • Some people like their italian salad dressings served at room temperature, however I personally prefer them chilled. Your choice!

Other uses for Italian Salad Dressing

This salad dressing makes a great marinade on chicken. Place your raw chicken in a large bowl or ziploc bag. Add enough dressing to cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Grill or bake chicken according to recipe and enjoy the zesty flavor!

Adding this Italian dressing to a pasta salad is perfect. Toss your cooked pasta (I actually love to use cheese tortellini) with some diced vegetables and this dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Have you ever tried adding Italian salad dressing to your ground beef? Add a little drizzle with an egg and breadcrumbs to your raw beef. Shape it into a loaf, this makes a delicious meatloaf!

More Dressing Recipes

Yield: 1 ½ cups

Homemade Italian Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

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!


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 ½ tsp minced onion
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped red pepper
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp marjoram
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Tbsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Posted on April 9, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve always wondered about how long homemade salad dressing would last and your post made me go look, LOL.

    Taste of Home says, “Dairy-based dressings, like buttermilk, and dressings made with fresh ingredients, like chopped onion, fresh herbs, tomato sauce and chopped hard-boiled egg, will keep up to 1 week.”

    Your recipe sounds tasty and, armed with this bit of knowledge about how long homemade dressing would last, I am more likely to try making homemade dressing (again.)

  2. THis looks  delicious but I too couldn’t find the actual recipe & this is the second time I’m trying.  I was only able to finally see it after I clicked on the comments & then scrolled up and voila it was there! Not easy to find but looks worth it! 

  3. I have actually wasted an hour this morning searching for your actual recipe for the Italian Dressing recipe! I found your tips and directions, BUT NO INGREDIENTS TO USE TO PUT IT TOGETHER. i AM 77 years old and this has caused me great frustration. Have even attempted to obtain through Google to no afail. Give up? Yes, I do. Shame on those of you who make it difficult to get your recipes that we would LIKE TTO HAVE!

    1. If you’re able to comment, then you’re in the right place. I’m not sure if you are looking on a phone or desktop, but if you scroll up, it’s there. Sorry you seem to be having a struggle to find it.

  4. Yum!  Gotta try this out for sure!  None of those crazy preservatives, either.  Thank you!  And your recipe for that dressing mixed with a spoonful of mayo will make an amazing condiment for any sandwich of any kind!   

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

    1. Honestly, I don’t know if there is much in there to “go bad” quickly. I don’t have an official answer for this one 🙂

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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