Zesty Italian Dressing and Marinade Recipe

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I love salad dressings, and Italian dressing is no exception. Before switching to healthier foods, ranching was the only thing that inspired me to eat raw broccoli. Thankfully, my real food journey has made me love salads of all kinds, even without a lot of dressing.

Green salads don’t need much dressing as long as they’re fresh, homemade, and loaded with dried herbs and spices. A simple homemade dressing can take an ordinary salad to a whole other level.

It is also valuable from a health point of view. Most commercial dressings contain dangerous vegetable oils (which are high in omega-6s, which the American diet already consumes in excess), MSG, and preservatives.

Homemade Italian dressing only takes a few minutes to mix. Plus, it includes healthy, real ingredients like olive oil, fresh garlic, and dried or fresh herbs. I also love that it can be stored for weeks at a time. It’s a win-win!

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This homemade salad dressing is one of my favorite vinaigrettes. It’s a great addition to almost any salad, as well as a quick marinade for most meats. It’s not just meat…marinate fresh vegetables for an hour or two before grilling. The smoky flavor of the grill and the herbal flavor of the dressing combine perfectly for a complex flavor experience.

I love using leftover dressing over chicken and a hearty salad for a quick lunch or as a condiment for dipping raw vegetables. The healthy oils give you a boost of energy and the flavor is great. You can also use it to make an Italian pasta salad with black olives, Parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes for a delicious Mediterranean flavor.

Not a fan of Italian dressing? You can also check out more of my favorite DIY alternatives to bottle dressing in this post.

How to make and store homemade Italian dressing

This dressing will keep in the fridge for about two weeks, but it definitely tastes best the first few days, so I highly recommend making small batches as needed. I sometimes double the batch if I’m making it for a large group of people.

For a great shortcut, try making your own homemade Italian seasoning mix instead of thyme, basil, and oregano. Simply use 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning mix in place of the herbs listed in the recipe. That way, it’s easy to make this recipe from memory. After a few practices, you may not even need to measure.

They also make shaker bottles for homemade dressings, but I prefer glass mason jars.I love these tops Add a spout to any mason jar.

Ingredient Substitutes

I used white wine vinegar here, but you can also use apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, etc. They all add some degree of acidity to balance the olive oil. I prefer a smoother flavor or white wine vinegar for this recipe.

All of this recipe uses dried herbs, but you can use fresh herbs if you prefer. I use fresh garlic, but you can also add a little garlic powder if you have it. Check out our favorite salad recipes with Italian dressing below.

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homemade italian dressing recipe

A healthy Italian salad dressing recipe that doesn’t use highly processed vegetable oils. This can also be used as a marinade.

  • Mix all ingredients in a small mason jar, secure the lid, and shake vigorously. Serve immediately.

  • You can also use an immersion blender to facilitate mixing.

Nutritional information table

homemade italian dressing recipe

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons)

calorie 127
Calories from fat 126

% daily value*

fat 14gtwenty two%

2g saturated fat13%

1g polyunsaturated fat

10g monounsaturated fat

sodium 306mg13%

potassium 26mg1%

carbohydrates 1g0%

Dietary fiber 0.4g2%

Sugar 0.1g0%

protein 0.3g1%

vitamin A 12IU0%

vitamin C 1mg1%

calcium 16mg2%

iron 1mg6%

*Percent daily intake is based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The dressing may solidify slightly if stored in the refrigerator. This is perfectly fine. This is what happens when olive oil cools. Just take it out of the fridge about an hour before using and let it come to room temperature.

Salad combinations using Italian dressing:

  • A classic chopped salad – tossed with romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives (and a little feta if you’re in the mood!).
  • Strawberry Spring Salad – Try an Italian twist on this favorite spring salad with toasted pecans, fresh strawberries, and chicken by substituting the honey mustard dressing.
  • A simple summer salad – thinly sliced ​​cucumber and red onion with a little Italian dressing and a few cherry tomatoes. Top with fresh basil leaves.
  • Green pepper steak salad – Italian dressing isn’t just for chicken!

For more new recipes using Italian dressing, try my favorite Real Plans meal planning tool.

What is your favorite salad dressing? Have you ever tried making your own? We’d love to hear about your favorite dressings at home!

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