Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

This uber easy homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you’ll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing :: This uber easy Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you'll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Can I chatter gloriously off topic today?

Smile and nod because you clearly have no choice in the matter! Mwah!

On Monday I started listening to an audiobook with the pilot. Since he’s humored me by listening to Tina Fey’s Bossypants no less than a dozen times, I figured I’d throw him a bone and let him asault my eardrums with his nerdy space book. Oh yes, I totally judgy mcjudgersoned the book by its title. The Martian? Really Paul?

Well here we are, two days later and I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BOOK! I switched over to the kindle version and have read it every night until my eyes literally could not stay open a second longer. I’m hooked! By the time you’re reading this I’ll have finished Andy Weir’s addictive little nerd book [yeah I said it!] and will probably be rendered useless via book hangover. I can already feel the hangover coming on as I near the end, it’s that good. I puffy heart Mark Whatney and am not even remotely prepared to part ways with this novel. Did I mention Matt Damon will be playing him in the movie!? YAAAS! 

I should probably not get started on Mister Damon or we’ll be here for quite a while. Let’s talk dressing instead! No… Damon! Dressing! Um… food wins. Sorry studmuffin.

This uber easy Homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you'll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Salad dressings are so flipping easy to make that there’s very few reasons to ever buy a premade dressing ever again. Seriously so so easy! This super speedy Italian dressing is my go-to for pasta salads, cucumber salads, and OMGINEEDASALADNOW salads. Without further adieu, let’s make some dressing!

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

Jar of Homemade Italian Dressing
5 from 7 votes

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

This uber easy homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you'll never buy pre-made dressing again!

Course Dressing
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Homemade Italian Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 129 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons




  1. Whisk all ingredients together and allow to sit. Giving the dressing some time to mingle will not only infuse flavor into the oil/vinegar but also soften the dry herbs and seasoning.
  2. This dressing will keep in your fridge for about a week so make extra to drizzle over a week's worth of salads! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Craving a little kiss of Parmesan in your dressing? Fabulous! Add 1-2 TBSP of finely grated parmesan cheese and blend in a small food processor or blender.

You can even add a little dijon vinegar to the mix if you'd like!

Feel free to adjust oil-to-vinegar ration to taste. The above measurements are my idea of perfection in a vinaigrette and I love how refreshing it is! 1 parts vinegar to 3 parts oil is a bit more conventional if desired.

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Italian Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Since the dressing is au natural and lacks any emulsifies, some separation is normal.

This dressing will keep in your fridge for 4-5 days, simply shake and serve!

And because it’s a dressing, feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed! It’s fabulously flexible and customizable too! Some days I’ll add a little extra vinegar for a burst of tartness and other days I’ll cheese it up with grated parmesan or feta cheese. Dijon mustard is also a great mix in! It not only helps emulsify the dressing but gives it a tangy, creamy consistency that’s naturally vegan! The possibilities are truly endless.

So what do you say? Ready to ditch the store-bought dressing?

Dooooo it!

The possibilities are gloriously endless.

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  • Paul H.

    5 stars
    I like the recipes you have posted, I try to cut calories in my dressings and so I cut the oil in half, and replace it with a water/vinegar mix, or even better the brine from pickled jalapeno peppers (adds a nice flavor to the dressing). Of course doing this leaves a pretty thin dressing so I add a little xanthan gum (about 1/8 tsp per cup of dressing). I use an imersion blender to initially mix all ingredients except 3/4 of the oil amount until my garlic and other items are blended. Then I switch to a whisk (fits on my imersion blender) and start a low speed and slowly add the oil while whisking. I then up the speed to high and continuing adding the remainder of oil. This makes the dressing very creamy and will hold everything together with only half the fat content.

  • Suzanne

    Is there another oil/vinegar I could substitute for the white wine or champagne vinegar?

    • Hi Suzanne! Red wine vinegar is fantastic here and I have some friends that make their salad dressings with apple cinder vinegar!

  • My hubby’s favorite dressing! Can’t wait to make it for him, he’s always going through bottles of the stuff on his salads. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I totally agree, once you start making homemade dressings, the store bought kind just won’t do anymore! Italian dressing is one of my faves and I love that you have a 1:1 ratio of oil to vinegar. I like some punchiness in my vinaigrette! 🙂

  • Veena Azmanov

    5 stars
    Wow I love this dressing. It is so fresh and light! This is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  • 5 stars
    How lovely is that! I’m going to follow your recipe exactly the next time I need Italian dressing. This is perfect.

  • 5 stars
    I love this dressing. It is so fresh and light!

  • 5 stars
    Great recipe!! Italian Dressing is one of my favorites!

    • Jenn

      Thanks Jenni! <3

    • Jenn

      Thanks Jenni! Mine too!

  • Do you know what the spice blend is in Mrs. Dash’s seasoning? I’d love to make that blend at home 🙂

    • Jenn

      Absolutely! Garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, marjoram, white pepper, sage, cayenne pepper, thyme, bay, cumin, mustard, corriander, onion, and red bell pepper.

  • The dressing looks great! And sounds it doesn’t need any elaborate skills. Will give it a try, thanks!

    • Jenn

      Hope you adore it as much as I do!

  • 5 stars
    Since I normally just add a little EVOO and vinegar, this is another fabulous option. Lots of flavor and I have a parsley plant so that add in will definitely be happening, plus garlic because duh, garlic.

  • I’m always looking for easy, new dressing recipes that I can make at home! (especially those that don’t require a food processor!)

    • Jenn

      all you need is a fork or a whisk! <3

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