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Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe

This homemade salad dressing uses Italian herbs to make an herbaceous white wine vinaigrette.

Equipment

No Equipment Needed

Difficulty

Very Easy


colorful tomato and red onion salad topped with homemade Italian dressing sitting on a board

It is so easy to make your own salad dressing!


Seriously, salad dressing recipes can be whipped up in no time flat and taste better that the store-bought varieties. With the added benefit of no fillers! This Italian dressing recipe is no exception. All you need is a few minutes and some basic ingredients to make your own delicious homemade Italian dressing!

Easy salad dressing for green salads or pasta salads!

Anyone who loves (or tolerates) salads needs a collection of easy salad dressing recipes. If you want to try recipes for dressings other than Italian dressing, then you could also try a tangy balsamic vinaigrette or a creamy vegan ranch dressing. Anything to make it easier to eat those leafy greens!



Substitutions:

Substitute for white wine vinegar: You can use white vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.


Substitute for maple syrup or agave: If you would prefer to use honey that would work nicely, or in a pinch you could use a simple syrup made of one part sugar dissolved into one part hot water.


Substitute for parsley, oregano, or basil: You can substitute all three for 3 Tbs of Italian seasoning, or if you're only missing one you can substitute it for dried, finely chopped rosemary.


Substitute for red pepper flake: If you don't have any red pepper flake you can leave it out. Conversely, if you want to add a little more zip to your salad dressing you can double it.


Substitute for garlic clove: You can substitute it with 3/4 tsp of dried garlic powder instead.



Money Saving Tip

The herbs in this recipes can all be grown at home relatively easily. If you happen to have fresh herbs you can use them easily, just be sure to mince them before adding them.



Let's Begin:



olive oil, white wine vinegar, and Italian herbs prepared separately in three small bowls

Gather the ingredients.



garlic being minced on a bamboo cutting board

Prepare the garlic, use your knife to make it almost into a paste: Mince the garlic as fine as possible, then press the flat side of your knife against the mince and drag it against the board.



garlic being minced finely on a bamboo cutting board

Mince the garlic again.



garlic being turned into a past on a bamboo cutting board

Sprinkle with salt, then press the flat side of your knife against the mince and drag it against the board. The salt will help grind the garlic. Repeat mincing and dragging until the garlic is nearly a paste, this will take about 2-3 minutes.



homemade Italian dressing ingredients mixed together in a bowl on a countertop

In a bowl add the 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 Tbs white wine vinegar, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp maple syrup or agave syrup, minced garlic clove, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp red pepper flake, and 1/8 tsp ground black pepper.


Mix it together until completely emulsified.



tomato salad in a bowl topped with homemade Italian dressing arranged on a bamboo cutting board

Pour it into a jar to store, shaking before use. If you have the time it is better if left to steep for at least 30 minutes before use.


Enjoy!



How to serve this Italian dressing recipe?

This dressing can be used to make either a tossed green salad, or even other types of salad, such as;


But if you need ideas for things that would go well along with a salad, try these;



Storage.

This dressing recipe is good in the fridge for one week and gets better after the first day.


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