Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

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

Mason Jar of Homemade Italian Dressing

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.

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

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!

Jar of Homemade Italian Dressing

Easy Homemade Italian Dressing

This uber easy homemade Italian dressing is so fast and flavorful, you’ll never buy pre-made dressing again!
5 from 14 votes
Course: Dressing
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Italian Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Instructions

  • 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!

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

Calories: 129kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 147mg, Potassium: 30mg, Vitamin A: 20IU, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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!

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 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.

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The possibilities are gloriously endless.

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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin created Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star!

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Questions & Reviews

    1. Hi Josh! I always leave mine in the fridge to be on the safe side and then put it out on the counter about 15 minutes before I need to use it. It goes right back to it’s liquid state like a champ! If no fresh garlic is used I believe it can be shelf stable for a bit though. You can check the USDA’s 2020 guidelines to see what they suggest?

  1. ??? The recipe photos in your Jan 5 Recipe Newsletter seem to be “off”.
    The picture for this Italian Dressing is a burger on a bun with a thick dressing dripping down the side.
    Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad is pictured as a dish with half rice and what looks like a mixture of possible beans and squash in a sauce.
    The other pictures don’t seem to match the recipe description.

    However, this recipe “Easy Homemade Italian Dressing” is one that I will be making. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. Ohmygosh what a train wreck! I have no idea how my links and photos got so swapped around in the newsletter. Thanks so much for the heads up so I can look into it. I’m glad you’re digging the dressing recipe! I’ll attach the other links below – let me know if I can find any of the others for you <3 Thanks Carolyn!

      Chickpea Veggie Burgers
      Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad

  2. 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.

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

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    How lovely is that! I’m going to follow your recipe exactly the next time I need Italian dressing. This is perfect.

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

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

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

  9. 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.

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