Homemade Italian Dressing comes together in a matter of minutes, and yet is so incredibly delicious, you’ll never buy the bottled stuff again.
The classic flavors come alive in this incredible dressing.
Perfect for green leaf salads, or as a marinade, or even with pasta…it just can’t be beat!
HOMEMADE ITALIAN DRESSING IS EASY TO MAKE
You just can’t believe how simple it is to make this iconic dressing at home.
Grab the simple ingredients and a jar with a tight fitting lid, and you’re in business!
Watch us show you how easy it is to make Homemade Italian Dressing!
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED
The great thing about making Italian Dressing at home is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh garlic
- Lemon juice
- Dried Oregano and Basil
- Onion Powder
- Parmesan Cheese
- Red Pepper Flakes
- White Wine Vinegar
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Since the ingredients are pretty simple and straight-forward in this recipe, we feel using top-notch extra-virgin olive oil is key to great taste.
A good quality oil makes a big difference, especially in a salad dressing such as homemade Italian dressing.
Make sure to use a good-quality white vinegar, too. But if you go the extra distance on any of the ingredients, we’d go with quality EVOO.
Oil and vinegar naturally separate when added together.
For a delicious Italian dressing, you’ll want to bring the two together.
This can be achieved by adding all the ingredients into a jar and then sealing it with a tight fitting lid and then shaking the dressing vigorously for at least one minute. You can also use a blender, food processor, or a whisk and a lot of elbow grease! This process is called emulsifying. After the dressing sits for a while, you’ll need to shake again to re-emulsify.
HOMEMADE DRESSINGS ARE EASY AND DELICIOUS
Once you make a salad dressing at home, you’ll seriously never want to buy the bottled variety again.
Some of our other favorite dressing to make are:
- Blue Cheese
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Honey Mustard
- Strawberry Vinaigrette
In the meantime, go ahead and make this amazing Homemade Italian Dressing!
HOW TO USE AND STORE HOMEMADE ITALIAN DRESSING
Of course, this dressing is a knock-out on a beautiful green leaf salad.
But we also use it as a marinade for grilling and baking. It’s great on chicken, pork and even shrimp!
TIP: Keep the dressing in a jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. The dressing can also be frozen for up to 2 months.
Another great use for this dressing is in a pasta salad. It truly brightens the pasta salad so much and it makes for such an easy preparation!
Okay folks…the time is here for you to make the best Homemade Italian Dressing in the world! So easy…and so delicious!
And once you make this, take a picture and post for Instagram and tag us @howtofeedaloon and #howtofeedaloon!
Homemade Italian Dressing
- Jar with tight fitting lid, or blender
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Add all the ingredients into a large jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Fasten the lid into place and shake the jar vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes in order to emulsify (or blend) the oil with the vinegar.
- Chill for at least one hour. Shake the jar again when ready to serve.
Dear Kris and Wesley,
I appreciate your response for the Homemade Italian Dressing, I am new to your blog. and I have tried a few of your recipes. They came out delicious, I now have you on my favorites listing .I am now retired from the Nuclear field of work and never had the time to devote to culinary skills. I am so glad that I found you guys. Please say hello to Eb & Flo.
Thank you !
Hi Diana! That is amazing!! That is wonderful that you can now step away from what must have been a pretty stressful (but incredible) job, and do something fun and relaxing like cooking! And we are so thrilled to help you out in anyway we can! Please stay in touch and Eb and Flo send their love! Kris & Wesley
How much onion powder ? Listed in what you need but not in recipe.
Hi Diana! So sorry about that and thanks for bringing that to our attention. Go with 1 teaspoon of onion powder. We’ve updated the recipe to reflect this. Let us know if you make the dressing and what you think!! Best, Kris & Wesley