This Homemade Italian Dressing is quick and easy to make, 1000X better than store bought, fresh and natural and is wonderfully versatile!
This easy Homemade Italian Dressing is a balanced tangy and testy blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar, pantry herbs and spices and the best part – Parmesan Cheese! It elevates and enlivens everything it touches from salads to vegetables and makes an excellent marinade for chicken, fish, pork and steak. This Italian Dressing also keeps for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator!
My blog is full of fun and flirty recipes but I also want it to be a reliable resource for beloved staples that I use on a regular basis such as this sensational Homemade Italian Dressing. I know it is extremely tempting to pick up a bottle of dressing at the grocery, and I’ve enjoyed my fair share of tasty bottled dressings, but I promise, nothing tastes as fresh and fabulous as your own Homemade Italian Dressing – and it takes MINUTES to whisk together! As a bonus, you can customize the dressing to your personal preferences as far as acidity, garlic, herbs and Parmesan.
How to Use Italian Dressing
The obvious use of Italian dressing is on a big leafy green salad – mmmm! But this Homemade Italian Dressing with its dynamic zippy flavor offers a quick and easy solution to enliven many everyday boring or bland eats. Try these delectable uses for your Homemade Italian Dressing:
- Green salads
- Shaved brussels sprouts (salad)
- Fresh Tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans
- Pasta salads (My Italian Pasta Salad coming soon is out of this world!)
- Warm pasta
- A marinade for chicken, pork, fish, steak, veggies
- Coating for roasted or steamed veggies
- Dip or sauce for veggies
- Spread for sandwiches, burgers or wraps
- Added to cream, sour cream, cream cheese or butter for spreads/sauces/dips
The possibilities are virtually as endless as Italian Dressing deliciousness!
Italian DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
- Olive oil. Use quality extra virgin olive oil for superior flavor.
- Red wine vinegar. I don’t recommend swapping with any other vinegar.
- Lemon juice. Adds a fresh, vibrant citrus pop without tasting “lemony.”
- Parmesan cheese: use freshly grated Parmesan grated on the smallest hole of your grater so it becomes powdery.
- Sugar: balances the vinegar and lemon juice.
- Seasonings: dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika salt and pepper.
How to Make Italian Dressing
This Homemade Italian Dressing recipe uses pantry friendly ingredients so you can whip it up at a moments notice. Our dressing includes:
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- lemon juice (bottled is fine)
- parmesan cheese
- dried herbs (parsley, basil, oregano)
- seasonings (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper)
- sugar (to balance the tart)
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar, cover and shake vigorously OR combine add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk to combine – that’s it! Taste the dressing and tailor it to suit your personal preferences. The most accurate taste test comes by dipping a lettuce leaf in dressing as opposed to a spoon. For less acidity- add more sugar, less tang – add more olive oil, more tang – add additional vinegar.
Tips and Tricks for Italian Salad Dressing
- Parmesan Cheese adds the signature taste to the Italian Dressing and the OH MY YUM factor so I definitely wouldn’t skip it unless you need to make the dressing dairy free.
- You can substitute the freshly grated Parmesan cheese with canned but it will not taste quite as good because fresh Parm is the best! Freshly grated Parmesan will also dissolve much better for a smoother texture.
- As far as the dried herbs and garlic, I don’t recommend substituting them with fresh because you need 3x as much because they aren’t as potent which makes for an unappealing texture. More importantly, fresh herbs and garlic don’t stay fresh very long once chopped so you would need to use the dressing within a couple days whereas if you use dried, the Homemade Italian Dressing can last for a couple weeks.
- For a great shortcut, you can whisk up all of the dried herbs and spices in advance and keep them in a sealed container or bag.
How long Can I store homemade Italian dressing?
Homemade Italian Dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks, just give it a good stir or shake before using. If you use fresh garlic and fresh herbs (as opposed to powders), it is good for up to three days.
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