Italian Dressing {Better Than Store Bought}

This homemade Italian Dressing is made with olive oil, vinegar, herbs, and spices. It is easy to whisk up and tastes so much better than store bought dressing.

Italian Dressing

Italian Dressing has always been one of my favorite salad dressings because it is light, zesty, and herbaceous! It is great on green salads, pasta salads, and can even be used as a marinade for chicken, beef, and vegetables.

Of course, you can buy Italian dressing at the store, there are a million brands, BUT homemade salad dressing is SO much better and it only takes a few minutes to make! Plus, it’s less expensive and there are no weird preservatives or additives involved.

Italian Dressing Ingredients

Simple Ingredients

I always have the ingredients on hand to make this dressing and I bet you do too! To make this Italian Dressing, you will need:

  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar (can use white wine vinegar)
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese (finely grated so it will whisk in)
  • Honey (just a little to balance out the acidity)
  • Dried herbs (basil, oregano, parsley)
  • Onion powder
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
Italian Dressing Recipe

How to Make Italian Dressing

To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, honey, basil, oregano, parsley, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

You can also combine all of the ingredients in a jar. Seal the lid on tight and shake, shake, shake until well combined.

How to Store

Store the dressing in a jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The dressing will firm up in the fridge because there are no added emulsifiers. Don’t worry, that is totally normal. Just take the dressing out of the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving. Give the dressing a good shake or whisk and it will be good to go!

More Salad Dressings:

Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Nutrition Facts

Italian Dressing

Amount Per Serving

Calories 170 Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Fat 18g28%

Saturated Fat 3g15%

Cholesterol 1mg0%

Sodium 14mg1%

Carbohydrates 2g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 16mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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