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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. 


Homemade Italian Dressing

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.

Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe

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 Dressing Recipe Easy


Italian Salad Dressing Ingredients

This homemade Italian dressing just requires a few ingredients. 

Homemade Italian Dressing 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

How to Make Italian Salad Dressing

The full recipe is below, but I have outlined the basic steps:

How to Make Italian Salad Dressing

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Grate the Parmesan cheese with a fine grate.
  2. Place cheese, Italian seasoning and chili flakes in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Blend together with a whisk
  4. Add oil and vinegar and whisk. Chill for 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator when not in use. 
Homemade Italian Dressing
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Italian Salad Dressing

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. 
Cuisine American
Keyword dressing, Italian, marinade, pasta salad, salad, vinegar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigeration 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 182kcal


  • 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


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg


Italian dressing in jar

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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Italian Salad Dressing

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 3rd of June 2021

I am sure this tastes so much better than store bought any day! Thanks for sharing your recipe. #HomeMattersParty


Friday 28th of May 2021

The recipe is simple and I love it.


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Thank you!

Linda Kilsdonk

Friday 28th of May 2021

This dressing sounds delicious, refreshing and healthy. I will be trying it! Thanks! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Thank you Linda!