This easy Homemade Italian Dressing is so fast and flavorful, you’ll never buy pre-made dressing again!
I absolutely ADORE this homemade Italian dressing.
It’s super speedy, insanely easy to make, and is my go-to for pasta salads, side salads, cucumber salads, and OMGINEEDASALADNOW salads.
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!
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.
notes and tips
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!
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!
Feel free to adjust oil-to-vinegar ration to taste. The measurements below 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 so tweak, taste, and enjoy!
Easy Homemade Italian Dressing
Ready? Let’s make some dressing!
Easy Homemade Italian Dressing
- 1-2 tsp fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic (smashed + minced)
- ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 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.
- This dressing will keep in your fridge for about a week so make extra to drizzle over a week’s worth of salads! Enjoy!
If you get a chance to try this easy homemade Italian dressing recipe, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
Can I chatter gloriously off topic a bit?
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. It’s that good. I puffy heart Mark Watney 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 get back to the dressing instead! No… Damon! Dressing! Um… food wins. Sorry studmuffin.
Our Favorite Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes
Aside from the gloriousness of this Italian Dressing recipe, here are a few more favs!
- Greek Dressing
- Creamy Feta Dressing
- Honey Lime Sriracha Dressing
- Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Blueberry Balsamic Salad Dressing
- NEW! Lemon Dressing
So what do you say? Ready to ditch the store-bought dressing?
The possibilities are gloriously endless.