A delicious Italian Salad Dressing Recipe that is perfect for salads and more. Made with fresh ingredients, this homemade Italian dressing is also great as a marinade for pasta salads, and vegetables.
What is nice about making your own salad dressing, is that you can use fresh ingredients and you don’t have to worry about any preservatives in the dressing. You can also control the amount of sodium in it.
Why This Recipe
This easy Italian dressing is delicious and so incredibly easy to make. I love that it has a lot less sodium than store bought blends or mixes. The result is a tangy Italian spiced dressing with the traditional spices that is full of flavor.
Salad dressing can make the salad and this simple Italian blend is perfect for so many types of salad. You can use this on a green salad, a chickpea salad, a pasta salad or even as a marinade for chicken breasts.
There is nothing fresher than homemade and you can even add some additional ed pepper flakes or use a different style of vinegar to change things up.
Italian Salad Dressing Ingredients
This homemade Italian dressing just requires a few ingredients.
Oil – I like to use vegetable or corn oil for this dressing. Olive oil will thicken while in the refrigerator, so I do not use it for this recipe.
Vinegar – I use Red Wine vinegar.
Spices – The spices in this recipe are everything. I use Italian Seasoning for a nice flavor. I use just a touch of red chili flakes for the blend. You will also need salt and pepper for this recipe. I like to use freshly ground pepper, but regular black pepper works fine.
Cheese – Finely grated Parmesan cheese is what I use.
Kitchen Tools Needed
- Salad Dressing cruet or mason jar
How to Make Italian Salad Dressing
The full recipe is below, but I have outlined the basic steps:
- Grate the Parmesan cheese with a fine grate.
- Place cheese, Italian seasoning and chili flakes in a medium-sized bowl.
- Blend together with a whisk
- Add oil and vinegar and whisk. Chill for 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator when not in use.
Italian Salad Dressing
- ¾ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning homemade or store bought
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 2 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese finely grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, mix seasonings and cheese
- Slowly whisk in vinegar and oil until well combined
- Transfer dressing to jar with a lid
- Chill for at least 2 hours before using
- Store in refrigerator
Timesaving Tips to make this perfect every time
- The best way to add dressing to a salad is to drizzle a small amount over your greens, just before serving.
- When adding dressing, the drier the leaves, the better the salad dressing will cling. I like to serve a bit of the dressing with the salad in a jar so that people can add more dressing if they like.
Could I use Italian Dressing for Pasta Salad?
Absolutely yes! I have used it on many pasta salads and it is terrific.
Can Italian Dressing be used as a Marinade?
Yes, it is a perfect marinade for chicken or vegetables.
Can I Make the Salad Dressing ahead of time?
Yes, in fact, it is encouraged to make the dressing ahead and let the flavors combine in the refrigerator.
Can Italian Dressing Be Left Out?
Yes, you will need to refrigerate the salad dressing as it contains cheese. This homemade salad dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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