Homemade Italian Dressing [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

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Homemade Italian Dressing is gluten-free, dairy-free, and a cheap alternative to the store-bought version. It is super easy to make, healthy, and ready in 5 minutes.

A great and delicious dressing goes a long way. We love using this one on salads, roasted asparagus, and lamb chops.

Easy Italian Dressing Recipe

No store-bought dressing can beat the homemade version of it, and this Italian Dressing is no exception. First of all, it is super easy to make. All you need is a few simple ingredients and then shake them together. Also, it is cheaper and tastes way better if you make it at home, and you are guaranteed to use fresh and quality products. 

Not to mention, it is way healthier because it does not use any additives or preservatives. Therefore, we always try to make our dressings at home, and we strongly urge you to do the same. 

This dressing can be used basically on anything. It is great for various salads, mixed greens, steamed or roasted veggies, fish, meats, and even sandwiches. Also, with summer around the corner, we utilize it often when grilling.

Moreover, it stores well, so you can make a larger batch and use it for weeks to come. Once you realize how easy and tasty this dressing is, you will be making it over and over. 

What is Italian Dressing made of?

Here are the basics you need to make this recipe. You can also add dried herbs and some fresh garlic and onion for extra flavor.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • White or red white vinegar
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Herbs
  • Seasoning
  • Grated parmesan
  • Herbs
  • Seasoning

How to make the best Italian Dressing?

Once you have the ingredients ready, you are pretty much done! All is left is to add all the ingredients to a mason jar or glass bottle, cover it, and shake well till the ingredients are properly mixed. 

Alternatively, you could add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until combined. It is that easy!

What is the difference between balsamic vinegar and Italian dressing?

Balsamic vinegar is a type of dressing that is typically made of oil, sugar, mustard, and some seasoning. Also, the vinaigrette has a mixture of oil and something acidic, used as a salad dressing or a marinade.

While the dressing is more generally referred to as a sauce that is usually used to top salads, or marinate various fishes and meats. 

How long is Italian Dressing good for?

To best preserve it, we recommend storing it in a closed jar, and always keep it in the refrigerator. It will be good for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can use dried or fresh herbs, but remember to measure and adjust to taste, as sometimes the herbs might be overpowering. 
  • Also, we use honey as is healthier and tastes better. However, you can substitute honey with a quarter teaspoon sugar. 
  • Both red or white wine vinegar works well. You can also use both in this recipe.
  • For best flavor, use freshly minced or chopped garlic.
  • Parmesan cheese definitely adds extra flavor to the dressing. However, to make it dairy-free, simply skip it. 
  • Similarly, freshly grated Parmesan cheese can be substituted with a pre-grated version, but the taste will not be as good. 
  • For a spicier kick, add some red chili pepper flakes to the mixture.
Best Homemade Italian Dressing Recipe

Best Homemade Italian Dressing

Homemade Italian Dressing is gluten-free, dairy free, and a cheap alternative to the store-bought version. A healthy recipe ready in 5 minutes.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings of about 1/4 cup
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced onion
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Mix all the ingredients in a large measuring cup. Add to a jar, cover and refrigerate.
  • Use as needed.


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

The list of ingredients for this is making me so hungry and seeing all of the flavor in the bottle is incredible.


Sara Welch

I love when I can make my own dressings! This sounds perfect on my salad for lunch tomorrow!


Katerina @ diethood .com

I LOVE homemade dressing!! This sounds fantastic!!


Beth Pierce

What a great dressing! This would be perfect for a spring picnic!



I love homemade salad dressings! Can't wait to make this Italian dressing!


Jade Manning

I have never made a Salad dressing before, this looks simple yet delicious, Thanks!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks delicious and so easy to make! !


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